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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for "ears" or advice.

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I'm in the process of going through a '90 vn750. When I got it, I noticed the ears are both missing. I'm debating about replacing them...or just going ahead and "de-earing" the bike. I just don't want to spend much on this process...and I know that I will probably end up needing to rejet, etc. if I go to a pod filter setup, etc.

Thoughts? Ears?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 11:06 AM
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if the airbox under the tank is still there, then you could replace the ears....if not, you are better off doing the "ear shave" procedure which requires rejetting the carbs.

It really is a personal preference. for me, I am keeping the ears because I am concerned with water getting into the pod filters in heavy rain. That is just my opinion, you might not ride in bad weather and not think of that as an issue.
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If you do decide to do the ear shave I currently have both K&N filters from my son's bike available for $50 bucks shipped in the CONUS. We did the shave as his bike was also missing an ear when we picked it up. New the filters are like 45 each.

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Welcome to the site... it really is personal preference... but if you're looking for the cheapest way out kc is right, if you have the airbox, buying some ears and filter(I have a set of ears, no filters if you want to buy them cheap) would be the way to go. I have converted to the pod filters and happened to get caught in a very heavy down pour and I was still able to ride highway speeds with zero problem from water getting into the filters.... but that was just my experience.

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To backup what Chris has said...I've ridden my harley which uses a LARGE K&N pod filter which is fully exposed for days in down pours without issue so the pods on the VN are tucked under the tank pretty well so you shouldn't have any weather problems really.

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For those of you who have shaved the ears. How much of an issue is the rejet? Costly, or pretty easy swap?
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The jets are cheap as dirt... I think I paid $15... the pod filters and the crankcase breather filter are a tad more expensive. I think total it cost me about $130... if I remember correctly.

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don't misunderstand....I wasn't trying to say that rain would be a reason to NOT do the ear shave.....just that you should consider everything beforehand and make your own decision.

I don't think the parts are all that expensive to do the ear shave...it's a matter of pulling the carbs to do the work....time consuming and the carbs are a really tight fit.

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somewhere on this site there is a list of jets and needles required depending on your elevation.
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I shaved a did not rejet and the bike runs fine. Ive ordered new jets just to see how mucb better it might be. I guess we have plenty of room to roam if we can turn the mix out two plus turns with the stock jets. Im at just 650ft above fyi.

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turning out the idle mix screws only really effects idle....I bet you are running a bit lean above 2Krpm.....check your plugs to make sure you are not too lean...that could cause problems with overheating the valves.
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