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For those of you thinking about changing your air filter I have bed news.
This is no simple project, there is a lot of plastic that has to come off before pulling the tank. After more than 2-1/2 hrs of work last night I'm about 50% done.
The new filter has been mounted in the air box.
Pictures attached will give you an idea of what has been removed to get the required access. Will give the inside a good cleaning before putting everything back together.

If you do not have the time, patience, tools or the desire to do this the cost of the air filter is about $ 26.00. Labor charge to install it is probably going to be 3-4 hrs at your dealers standard rate ( $ 65.00+) around here.

Good luck and Happy New Year
 

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This was my first try at removing the bodywork for maintenance purposes. Wanted to be carefull not to damage anything so getting all of the screws, bolts, wiring and push pins out before pulling on the panels took more time than I originally thought.
As you said, now that you know how the pieces fit together the next time will shouldn't take as long.
 

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I fitted a K&N filter to mine the other day job took 1 hour all up easy as you want to try 2012 Goldwing with air bag THEN you will do your head IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Did you remove the side pod covers and fuel door cover?
 

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I learned from my 1975 CB550F 4 barrel carb just how Honda likes to have that one thing thats critical be a royal pain in the ass. But i got to where i could pull it in 10min after doing it so many times since i was restoring it.

I have to do this with the 2014 Valk i just got yesterday. I discovered it is extremely dirty inside and never cleaned. Looks like it was owned out in the country and collected lots of dirt. Runs fine but i suspect the air filter has never been changed. I don't look forward to this but it forces me to get more familiar with this bike and its gremlins. 😅
 

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I learned from my 1975 CB550F 4 barrel carb just how Honda likes to have that one thing thats critical be a royal pain in the ass. But i got to where i could pull it in 10min after doing it so many times since i was restoring it.

I have to do this with the 2014 Valk i just got yesterday. I discovered it is extremely dirty inside and never cleaned. Looks like it was owned out in the country and collected lots of dirt. Runs fine but i suspect the air filter has never been changed. I don't look forward to this but it forces me to get more familiar with this bike and its gremlins. 😅
I wish you luck. Changing that air filter is like neurosurgery. Separate the skin, cut the muscle, get past the bone, isolate the nerve endings, reconnect the nerve endings, cauterize, suture the muscle, disinfect entire area, remove gauze, suture skin, disinfect, and hope the damn thing works. This is that one critical fault on this bike. Changing an air filter should always be easily user friendly to do. I personally would not even attempt it.

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Got it all done the next day, just haven't posted till now. The process is a lot but its not complicated. Just follow the manual and lay it all out in order. I sprung for the K&N so hopefully since its garage kept and i care for it better than my kid (shhhh, don't tell them i said that. 😅) it should last a ling time.

The plus is that it gives you a good idea what under the hood and where things are at so your ready when the time comes to dig around inside later.

Now all back together and while in there, wired up some lights.
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Love that blue accent light on the blue bike!

Not complicated? I consider that extremely complicated and wouldn't ever attempt it myself, but for someone with mechanical ability, maybe it's easier.

Now give her a good bath and get all the grit off her from the previous owner!

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For a 1st time aproach, seeing just what order and where the hidden parts connect is a good pre prep. I went over the process in the online manual and then tackled it with tools and a few beers on a day I had all to myself. These are all the parts laid out in order clockwise from the top. I got the bike extremely filthy inside so doing the air filter got me both familiar with the guts but also a chance to wipe down, vacuum and clean up, oil as well as inspect everything. A lot of old wasp and mud dabber hotels up inside. So think of an air filter change more of a learning oppertunity than a chore yhe 1st time around. 😁
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For a 1st time aproach, seeing just what order and where the hidden parts connect is a good pre prep. I went over the process in the online manual and then tackled it with tools and a few beers on a day I had all to myself. These are all the parts laid out in order clockwise from the top. I got the bike extremely filthy inside so doing the air filter got me both familiar with the guts but also a chance to wipe down, vacuum and clean up, oil as well as inspect everything. A lot of old wasp and mud dabber hotels up inside. So think of an air filter change more of a learning oppertunity than a chore yhe 1st time around. 😁 View attachment 13271
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