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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ear shave + rain = ???

Got a question for you folks with ear shaved bikes. I don't have the luxury of a garage, but semi-covered parking under the eave of the garage overhang. If rain would fall w/o wind, 90% of rain would miss the bike. Any wind would blow rain on the bike, soaking the K&N filters.

How does the bike run with wet K&N filters? How about driving in the rain? I've been caught out in the rain, sometimes hard driving rain, but with the protection of the ears minimizing water infiltration.

Considering ear shaving, but water is a great concern. I live in Texas so it's probably never going to rain again! I do ride her rain or shine, so do I do it?

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I dunno, I've ridden in some heavy crap; last time was all the way to Eureka Springs from Houston, and from Cleveland up to the other side of Shreveport it was solid rain. The rest of the trip the next day was the same way; as soon as I fueled up in Shongaloo, LA, it started, and didn't quit 'til the other side of Ashdown, AR. Intermittent heavy rain the rest of the way. No problems the whole way, as far as how the bike ran.

FWIW, my bike sits out in the weather, uncovered, fairly often, and I'm a year round all-weather rider. The Uni filters I use have never gotten rain soaked, in the 40+ thousand miles since I shaved the ears.

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Cool!

That's great to know, JD. What's a Uni filter? Have you coastered or marbled? And what are you doing up at this hour?! -jim

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That's great to know, JD. What's a Uni filter? Have you coastered or marbled? And what are you doing up at this hour?! -jim
1) Uni PK-92 pod filters; Cycle Gear up on 10W, I think between Wurzbach and DeZavalla, should have 'em, around 40 bucks a pair

2) Coastered

3) <G> Cleaning bike parts; couldn't sleep. There were wierd noises on the roof; some kind of wet stuff in big drops. I think it was rain, but haven't seen any in so long I wasn't sure

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I use Emgo (K&N copies $10 each) with K&N filter oil in wet Washington State. I've ridden in rain, parked in rain, then rode home in rain w/o a problem. I've covered the pods with sandwich bags if I think they will get too wet (I do this when washing the bike too).

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I think the filter oil should repel any water that hits it while driving. But if it's a real concern you can always use a pre-filter.

Some of them are hydrophobic. Drycharger models are K&N's version.

I've used these kind of pre-fliters dirt biking in the dunes and they worked like a charm for dust.

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Absolutely do it. You'll love the response. I fabbed my own filter that sits up under the tank. Others have done similar with their ear shave mods so I thought I'd throw that option out there. Good luck.
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As long as you use filter oil on them periodically they should not be letting any significant amount of water into your motor unless you physically pour water on them from a pitcher while the bike is running.

Keeping that in mind, a small amount of water, "moisture" would be more accurate, would not cause any problems anyway. Your more likely to have issues from water in your electrics.

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There's a shave in my future!

Well, that settles it. Gonna do it. Thanks everyone in the Vulcan community!

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-T7 stator mod
-R/R relo
-MF Battery
-voltmeter
-ignition switch
-ACCT's to MCCT's
-LED brake & turns
-spline lube

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I use Emgo (K&N copies $10 each) with K&N filter oil in wet Washington State. I've ridden in rain, parked in rain, then rode home in rain w/o a problem. I've covered the pods with sandwich bags if I think they will get too wet (I do this when washing the bike too).

Like this: EMGO POD
Does it run well with those filters? Someone on here got pretty upset when I said I was looking into them, saying they just wouldn't work with our bikes.
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