Twin Cam 103 Harley-Davidson Air Filter Element Service

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Servicing your Harley-Davidson air filter element is an important part of regular service on your Harley Davidson. This is not a difficult or time consuming service point, but it is important to take the time to be thorough.

Part Removal

The air cleaner cover bolt is hidden behind the “103” insert. This is held on with a heavy velcro. It can be carefully pulled off and set aside. Use a 5/16″ allen to remove the air cleaner cover. Clean the inside of the cover and set that aside. With a T-27 torx, remove the element bracket and element. Remove the breather tube from the back of the air filter and set filter aside.


Clean the air cleaner backing plate with glass cleaner or a mild detergent. When it comes to washing your air filter element; Use a mild soap detergent. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry.


Reassemble everything in reverse. Torque specs are important for your Harley-Davidson air filter element. It is very important that hardware is not over tightened in this area. Take your time. Be thorough. This service is simple, but it is important that it is done correctly.

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