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Finally did the "ear-shave"....

And I have to say, if I had known how much easier it made getting the carbs in and out, and working on them, I'd have done it long ago. The main reason I did it was because I had to pull them for the third time and was tired of all the wrestling and just wanted to make some the the job easier. If I only knew...putting the carbs back in after dumping that air box; almost ten minutes.

I replaced the float needles too, (those little things are not cheap) and adjusted the floats to the casting marks as well.

Started and ran well in the drive way, sounded better, no more popping out of the pipes either. Road testing will be today...

Took almost 3 hours to do it all, cost just under $150, (almost 50 of that was the two float needles)

If you're considering it, I say go for it. Just for the ease of future carb work makes it worth it IMO, not to mention all the other benefits. Seriously, it eliminates all the horror you read about associated with pulling the carbs.

Took a before and after pic with my cell, but you all know how it looks.
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And I have to say, if I had known how much easier it made getting the carbs in and out, and working on them, I'd have done it long ago. The main reason I did it was because I had to pull them for the third time and was tired of all the wrestling and just wanted to make some the the job easier. If I only knew...putting the carbs back in after dumping that air box; almost ten minutes.

I replaced the float needles too, (those little things are not cheap) and adjusted the floats to the casting marks as well.

Started and ran well in the drive way, sounded better, no more popping out of the pipes either. Road testing will be today...

Took almost 3 hours to do it all, cost just under $150, (almost 50 of that was the two float needles)

If you're considering it, I say go for it. Just for the ease of future carb work makes it worth it IMO, not to mention all the other benefits. Seriously, it eliminates all the horror you read about associated with pulling the carbs.

Took a before and after pic with my cell, but you all know how it looks.

Sweet....CONGRATS!
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Removing the ears makes the VN750 look like a true bike.

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Sweet....CONGRATS!
Your Blog/pics was a big help Doc. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

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Removing the ears makes the VN750 look like a true bike.
I agree. I like the view of it much better without the stock filter boxes.
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Nice lookin ride. Appreciate the post and the encouragement it offers for those considering the mod.
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Thanks all.

Denny, I didn't realize how bad the one plate was until I got the airbox out of the way, but you're right, they do need paint.

Do you guys know, adding shims and "raising" the needle out of the jet a little increases fuel right? So if it runs lean you would add shims, but if it runs rich you would subtract them, correct?
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Thanks all.

Denny, I didn't realize how bad the one plate was until I got the airbox out of the way, but you're right, they do need paint.

Do you guys know, adding shims and "raising" the needle out of the jet a little increases fuel right? So if it runs lean you would add shims, but if it runs rich you would subtract them, correct?
As I understand it, it increases air to match the larger jets.
Glad the blog/pics helped

BTW: I polished my coasters...almost chrome-like
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So my thinking was backwards, no real surprise there...

Thanks Phil. And polishing? Great idea.
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