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How To Clean/Change the Air Filter In Your SV650

August 14, 2018 | 5 Minute Read
Filed under: Wrenching, SV650

Just like top athletes, engines need clean, unobstructed airflow in order to perform their best.

The maintenance chart for the SV650 recommends cleaning the air filter every 4,000 miles and replacing it every 11,000 miles. Here’s a step-by-step guide how to do it.

Like all of my how-to guides, this one’s written at an exhaustive level of detail to make things easy for those new to wrenching. If you’re experienced at performing your own maintenance, click here to skip right to the summary.

This guide will show you how to clean and replace the air filter on a 2007 SV650. These instructions cover all second gen models of SV650. Remember kids, consult your owners and service manuals for the final word.

Step 1: Gather the Required Tools and Materials


  • large phillips head screwdriver
  • hex (i.e. allen) bits or wrenches: 4mm and 6mm
  • bit driver
  • air compressor and blow gun attachment (if cleaning air filter)


  • air filter (Suzuki part #13780-16G00) if replacing air filter
  • paper or shop towels

A Note Regarding Air Filters

I’m keeping things simple and using a Suzuki OEM air filter as the replacement filter in this guide. There are aftermarket options, and many of them — actually all of them — claim some kind of wondrous performance boost if you buy one. If that kind of thing floats your boat, by all means, shell out the cash. Just know that you’ll probably need to make some adjustments to your fuel injection system (or rejet your carbs, if you have them). Such adjustments are beyond the scope of this guide, so you’ll need to do your own research if you decide to go with a performance air filter.

Step 2: Lift the Gas Tank

The gas tank must be lifted in order to access the airbox that houses the air filter, and to do that, you’ll also need to remove the seat. Use the 4mm hex (allen) bit to loosen the 2 bolts on the plastic trim covers below the seat. There’s a cover on each side of the bike. Remove both covers and set them aside.

sv650 side trim cover

Then, use the same 4mm bit to loosen the 2 tank bolts. I like to use a T handle bit driver to reach these bolts.

sv650 gas tank bolts

Next, use the 6mm hex bit to loosen the 2 bolts holding down the seat. There’s one on each side of the bike.

sv650 seat bolt

Once the seat is loose, lift it up by the edge closest to the gas tank, then pull the seat forward until it slides free. Remove the passenger seat and grab the gas tank prop. Use it to prop the gas tank up by one of the tank bolt holes.

sv650 with gas tank propped up and airbox exposed

Step 3: Remove the Airbox Cover

Locate the screws holding the airbox cover in place. Use a large phillips screwdriver to loosen all 7 screws. The plastic guides will prevent you from being able to separate the screws from the top cover. That’s good — fewer screws to lose!

sv650 loosening airbox screw
sv650 airbox screw closest to seat

Once the screws are loosened, lift the cover straight off. The air filter will usually remain attached to the cover, so gently separate it from the cover and set it aside.

sv650 clean and dirty air filters

Step 4: Clean the Airbox Sponge

Locate the sponge inside the airbox.

sv650 airbox sponge
sv650 dirty airbox sponge

Use a paper or shop towel to mop up the goop. I also like to wipe down inside the area where the sponge sits. When finished, put the sponge back in its place.

Now we’ve reached a fork in the road, because the next steps are different depending on if you’re going to clean the air filter, or replace it entirely.

Step 5a: Clean the Air Filter

Fire up your air compressor and get your blow gun ready. Hold the air filter so that the side with the mesh screen is facing you. Use the blow gun to blow air through the filter from the mesh screen side. In other words, point the end of the blow gun at the mesh screen and let ‘er rip. Don’t force air through from the other side — you’ll push the dirt deeper into the filter which is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish!

Step 5b: New Air Filter

sv650 oem air filter

This one’s about as easy as it gets: take the new air filter out of the packaging and proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Replace the Air Filter and Airbox Cover

Take the filter and push it back into the airbox cover. The mesh screen will face down toward the engine.

sv650 airbox cover with air filter installed

Set the cover and filter onto the base of the airbox. Use the phillips screwdriver to tighten the 7 cover screws.

Step 7: Lower Gas Tank and Replace Seat

Remove the gas tank prop and lower the gas tank. Replace the 2 bolts at the front of the gas tank. Put the seat back on and replace the 2 seat bolts. Push the side trim covers back into place and replace the 2 side cover bolts. At this point, everything should be back together again. You’re done!



  • large phillips head screwdriver
  • hex (i.e. allen) bits or wrenches: 4mm and 6mm
  • bit driver
  • air compressor and blow gun attachment (if cleaning air filter)


  • air filter (Suzuki part #13780-16G00) if replacing air filter
  • paper or shop towels


  1. Remove seat and lift the gas tank.
  2. Remove airbox cover.
  3. Clean or replace the air filter.
  4. Re-install air filter and replace airbox cover.
  5. Lower gas tank and replace seat.