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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ear Shave VS Ear Replacement

Im not really interested in rejetting the carburetors and installing the new parts for the standard ear shave. Has anyone done or thought of just replacing the ears themselves with short cone filters? And just coming up with a way to mount them directly to the airbox that the ears mount to?
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i've never done this before, but i dont see why you couldnt get some small KN cones and hose clamp them onto the ear tubes.
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You will not find cone filters with the odd mount shape needed.


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and if you used the K&N cone air filters you would still need to rejet. the reason you have to rejet is because of the increased air flow that you get with the K&N and other high air flow filters. Now if you got some crappy ones to fit maybe then you wouldn't have to rejet. But finding one to fit is the problem. cuz the fitting on the back of 'ears' isn't round like most filters.

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Even if you modified the old tube to the air box, you'll still have to support the filter some how. I wouldn't trust it to stay.
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Not to mention the best part of the earshave (to me) is getting rid of that g*ddman f*gly air box. If you haven't seen it, or realized you were seeing it, it's the oddly shaped plastic monstrosity that fills all the space between your carbs and the frame under the tank. Ear shave lets you cut that out of there and forever more getting in and working on your carbs or anything with the tank off is easier. Shoot I'd do it for that alone. Try taking the carbs off around that breather and you'll see what I mean.

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and if you used the K&N cone air filters you would still need to rejet. the reason you have to rejet is because of the increased air flow that you get with the K&N and other high air flow filters. Now if you got some crappy ones to fit maybe then you wouldn't have to rejet. But finding one to fit is the problem. cuz the fitting on the back of 'ears' isn't round like most filters.
Probably still need to rejet even with the cheapest/crappiest filters you could find.
I did a ride without the chrome/finned covers on the ears. Bike started and idled just fine. but around 4k rpms, the bike just wouldn't run properly. Too much air.
Possibly, if you'd add some sort of restriction to the filters, as in partialy covering them, you might not need to rejet.


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I have not to re-jett carbs.
But after first test ride it was a bit lean - I added a bit of air filter oil more, and got right mixture.
I'd guess that adding filter oil to the air filter didn't help for too long though.


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IMO the amount of room u gain by removing that boc is all worth it trying to widdle more stuf into that area sounds like a pain....

i personally tried to come up with something for those ears when i put on the larger tank and the best solution i could come up with (to fit the tank was to fli them (like a clock)this gave me enough room for the tank.... but now that i shaved im lookin for another tank cant wait...



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