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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ears??

Ok, I hate to ask such a lame question, especially since I'm in the middle of doing a Stator replaced. But could someone tell me what are the "Ears??" Are they the air filters? And what is an "Ear Shave??""



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Yes the "ears" are the filter pods that stick out on both sides. The "ear shave" is a procedure that removes the pods, surge box and usually the air inject system.

Heres a link to VoId Docs ear shave procedure http://06vn750.blogspot.com/

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They are most likely called "ears" because the bike is called a "Vulcan" They serve an important purpose, even if you don't like the looks of them (I do) they protect your engine. Doing the "earshave" thing requires the use of "filters" (if you want to call them that) that let a lot more dirt through than the stock filters, resulting in greater engine wear and reduced engine longevity.

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I think they look great, not gonna mess with mine.........



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They are most likely called "ears" because the bike is called a "Vulcan"
That only be true if they were pointed. they are called "ears" simply because they stick out on each side..... Like ears.

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I really wanted to mount twin hyperchargers
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I really wanted to mount twin hyperchargers
so why don't you?
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because the bike is called a "Vulcan"
...the bike is named after the Roman god of fire and volcanoes. He has a number of counterparts in other pantheons as well....Pele, Thor, Volos, etc.
he is commonly shown as a blacksmith with a forge...
It was told that he once dated Grace Slick, and while she was "blessing everyones pointy little heads", he put the ears on the VNs...but he screwed up and made the right one rounded (like a real ear)...he tried to fix it on the left one and make it pointed (so Grace could bless it), but screwed that up too, since Pan (the model) wouldnt sit still....

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so why don't you?
Not enough $$$. Have you seen how much those things cost? All my extra is tied up in the cx rebuild.
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Just look at the picture of the Vulcan at the top of the page. Notice how prominent the "ears" are. They are a big part of what gives the bike it's unique look. Yes, they definitely look '80s, but it's an '80s bike. Removing them (even if you didn't have to use those crappy filters) would be akin to removing the tail fins from a '59 Cadillac.

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