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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2011, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Remove air box & keep ears?

Okay, I am a newbie, but I have read all the threads on the ear procedure, coastering, rejetting, etc, before posting this question. I just purchased a 99 that needs the carbs rebuilt. Is there anyway to permanently remove the air box, but keep the ears?

The reason I want to do this is currently finances are very tight. Is it possible to use some type of flexible hose to connect the air box ducts to the ears air filters?

If that isn't possible, is there a cheaper air filter available for the carbs in place of the K&N units? What is the throat ID that I should look for?

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I just finished a complete ear shave with jets and k&N filters my exhaust is not stock. I removed the Air Box with a red hot hack saw blade melting and cutting it out -- easy see my post of the procedure. The carbs came out and in easly without the air box. I started the motor on Sat and couldn,t be more satisfied. Cheapest K&N filters are from Amazon.com. I have extra jets at cost if you know the size you need. Raise the tank with a 1/2 in spacer for k&n Clearance. If you need advice contact me. I can't see any way to use the Ears without the Airbox.
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You can keep the ears and put a single filter under the tank. I'm sure you could find a way to use the ears without the air box but the flow restriction may negatively effect performance.
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I havent read a lot about this ear shave thing, so i really dont understand why people do it. But if the money situation is tight, what would be wrong with getting your carbs fixed up and just leaving the rest of it alone. Maybe replace the OEM filters if they need it. Get some new Iridium Spark Plugs. Makes sure all your fluids are changed. A good basic tune-up might be all you need and your money would be better spent on that. The fitting on the back of the ears that fit into the air box are about 4" x 2"

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I havent read a lot about this ear shave thing, so i really dont understand why people do it...
Here are a couple reasons to shave:
1. The ears sticking out are ugly as hell (some of us think so anyway)
2. Increased airflow(the stock box is too restrictive)
3. cleaner look(refer to #1)
4. add room under tank for other stuff(air horn, etc...)
5. carbs are easier to work on without box in the way
6. engine pull/tilt requires removal of box(stator replacement)
7. just to be different
8. did I mention the ears are ugly?
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i did my earshave for 10 bucks... single air filter under the tank, 7.99, new jets 1.99. I got my jets from "the Professor", but you can pick them up from the local Hardly Stealership for the same price and keep from paying shipping... The power increase is worth the time and effort.... Blowing away heavily modded Harly's running hot S&S engines is a blast...
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Maybe I should "Shave" my "Ears" ...
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Maybe I should "Shave" my "Ears" ...
Can anyone post links for anyone that found this in a search?
Instead of using the search link at the top of the page in the menu bar, try the Google bar at the bottom of the page.

VOIPDoc & I both have recent write-ups on our "Shave"ing experiences.

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pod filters for ear shave

what diameter pods do i need , to do the ear shave on my bike? thanks for any help
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