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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
My main issue with the earshave thing (other than I actually LIKE the ears) is the poor quality of the filters you have to use. None of the choices available seem to filter nearly as well as stock, and will let a lot more dirt in the engine, which will wear it out faster. Now, if you could get decent filters, I'd be all for it. I like things simple. But even if I got rid of the "surge tank" I would keep the ears, just for looks. But to me, engine reliability and longevity is paramount, and I would feel that way even if it made a serious power increase. I don't race the bike, I cruise and tour on it, and I want to squeeze every possible mile I can from that engine.
If you remove the complete air injection system, and the CA evap system if you have a CA model, and plug the holes in the surge tank where the hoses went, it makes it quite a bit simpler to deal with. Also, the surge tank can be tied to the frame, so it will not keep falling down while you are trying to work on something. I removed and replaced my carbs twice with it in place, and while it was time consuming, it was not especially difficult. Remove the ducts between the carbs and surge tank, and tie it up out of the way before doing anything else.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike