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    I have a 2017 R 1200 GS. I had 5,000 kms. on it but did not ride it at all last year while waiting for back surgery. All is well now and I just turned 10,000 kms. That's 6,213 miles. The manual says that I need to change the oil and filter, which I will do, BUT THE AIR FILTER??? C'mon, really? How dirty can an air filter be when the bike has been ridden on highways only? I'll change the air filter but I think this is just a BMW cash grab. Can anyone tell me where I can get an after-market paper air filter for a 2017 R 1200 GS.

    Last year I bought three oil filters for less than the price of one. I got the retailers address for this forum. They were Mahle filters and exactly the same that BMW charges over $30 for here in Canada.

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    Have a look at the filter and see if it looks bad. If it looks good, check it next year.
    It’s good to have a look at the air cleaner and air-box area at least annually. This area is like the Hilton for mice ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    The manual says that I need to change the oil and filter, which I will do, BUT THE AIR FILTER??? C'mon, really? How dirty can an air filter be when the bike has been ridden on highways only? I'll change the air filter but I think this is just a BMW cash grab. .
    BMW recommends changing the air filter every 12,000 miles on the Wetheads.

    Check pages 214 and 215 of the Riders Manual.
    https://manuals.bmw-motorrad.com/man...RM_0717_01.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    Can anyone tell me where I can get an after-market paper air filter for a 2017 R 1200 GS.
    Why do people post questions like this? The answer is always Amazon.com.

    BTW, itís pretty certain that for every automotive product in the the world, the dealer price for an air filter will be higher than for something from the aftermarket.

    Isnít it interesting that so many are so anxious to change fluids before their time, but somehow an air filter is different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Why do people post questions like this? The answer is always Amazon.com.

    BTW, itís pretty certain that for every automotive product in the the world, the dealer price for an air filter will be higher than for something from the aftermarket.

    Isnít it interesting that so many are so anxious to change fluids before their time, but somehow an air filter is different?
    The answer is not Amazon because I already looked there. And I am aware of the cost of things whether manufacturer or after market. Furthermore, if one does not have something productive to say then why say anything at all. Thanks for your non answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    The answer is not Amazon because I already looked there. And I am aware of the cost of things whether manufacturer or after market. Furthermore, if one does not have something productive to say then why say anything at all. Thanks for your non answer!
    Lighten up guys. Be nice to your fellow members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    Lighten up guys. Be nice to your fellow members.
    Exactly...

    I'm not as worried about the air filter price as I am about the spark plug price. Are those things full of GOLD?

    I would love the oil filter link though...

    I guess I need to get the crush washers at the dealer.

    It isn't that I dislike the dealer, it is that they are an hour away on the freeway. I would rather this stuff just show up at my door sometimes. Just sometimes though...
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    This may be of interest to the OP:




    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    Exactly...
    I would love the oil filter link though...

    I guess I need to get the crush washers at the dealer.
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    That's easy too... https://www.beemerboneyard.com/oilfiltersetc.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    Exactly...

    I'm not as worried about the air filter price as I am about the spark plug price. Are those things full of GOLD?

    I would love the oil filter link though...

    I guess I need to get the crush washers at the dealer.

    It isn't that I dislike the dealer, it is that they are an hour away on the freeway. I would rather this stuff just show up at my door sometimes. Just sometimes though...
    Oil filters at http://www.rockauto.com/en/ Part Number OC 619

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    The answer is not Amazon because I already looked there.

    I might be mistaken, but,

    https://www.amazon.com/MAHLE-Origina...omotive&sr=1-1
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    That's the wrong filter for a Wethead.
    The correct number for a Wethead Mahle air filter is LX3595

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That's the wrong filter for a Wethead.
    The correct number for a Wethead Mahle air filter is LX3595
    Which is available on Amazon.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    . Can anyone tell me where I can get an after-market paper air filter for a 2017 R 1200 GS.

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    BeemerBoneyard has OEM air filters and they give MOA members a 10% discount.

    https://www.beemerboneyard.com/13727726799.html
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    If iíam going to the hassle of removing all the Tupperware to get to the air filter(thank you Bmw) itís going to get replaced
    Note to self: if it was clean Iíll extend next change by 6000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    BUT THE AIR FILTER??? C'mon, really? How dirty can an air filter be when the bike has been ridden on highways only?
    Unless you live in a dust bowl replacing the air filter at anything less than 18,000 miles is a waste of time and materials. I changed mine every 12K miles and each time I scratched my head about why I was doing this because the air filters will very clean. Why did I go ahead and replace them anyway? On a wethead RT it's a rather time consuming process so it was a case of what the hey might as well. I won't look at it again until 54,000 miles since I last put a new one in at 36,000m.

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