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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Quick question regarding the EarShave Procedure.

I am almost certain to this question is yes, but I want to ask it anyways to make sure.

Does the earshave procedure cause you issues if you have to go through emissions in your state?

If so, I live in maryland does anyone how it might work here?

I know there is emissions for cars..

Thoughts?

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Changed Final Drive Fluid
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NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 11:42 PM
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There is no emissions test in your state for motorcycles. I live in Maricopa County AZ, and it is the ONLY county in the entire U.S that has emissions tests for motorcycles. The state passed a law over a year ago to end that, but it had to be approved by the epa first, or we risked losing millions in federal highway funds (federal blackmail) epa has not responded yet. But mine has had both the CA evap emissions and the complete air injection system removed, and it passes just fine every year. I just took it through, hopefully for the last time. I do have to turn the pilot screws in to 1 1/2 turns to get it to pass at idle, then stop in the parking lot after the test and turn them back out 3 turns.

However, if you do the earshave thing, you will have to rejet, and will be stuck using inferior filters which pass more dirt than the stock filters. Up to you whether it is worth it or not. I like the ears, but I don't like the surge tank, ducts between the carbs and surge tank, and ducts between the ears and surge tank. But as cumbersome as this system is, it protects the engine, and that is what means the most to me. I want every mile I can possibly get out of that engine.

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2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
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There are no Emissions on bikes here in Cali either. I just did a Salvage title on my bike and the only EPA requirements was the markings on the stock exhaust pipes.

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Jerry-

Thanks again for the response... I have seen so many forum members with "Shaved and Coastered" in their signature that I naturally assumed it was something everyone looked at positively.

I will admit that I do like the shaved look but the downside is that I already have 30k on my bike. I am trying to put her in the best shape possible and it doesn't sound like that is the best option...

I have some popping in my right muffler that I am working on now. I am about to go out and follow some instructions from the Verses regarding the mixture screw and looking for leaks in the exhaust. Ultimately I do plan to at least coaster the bike.. Does that have any adverse effects on the bike?

Thanks

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Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

Upcoming: Change front fork Seals & Oil, install highway pegs & floorboards
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 07:18 PM
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Hey Jay. Coastering will not have any adverse affect on your bikes performance. I am one who found a positive result by doing the ear shave. I made my own under tank filter from a hi-quality car filter. Although Jerry makes good points regarding leaving the bike stock, I'm glad I did it but because of his input, I'll be paying more attention to air filter quality over the life of the bike. If you're happy with your ride's acceleration I kinda sway towards leaving it alone. When you coaster your V, maybe save the parts in case you have any trouble with emissions. You could stuff a couple of AA batteries in the hoses for now (perfect fit according to Old Dog or Ol Hoss, can't remember which) to see uf that helps with the popping

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Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
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Thanks for the info..

Question..

Do I need to coaster both sides if only one is popping? Or in this case.. Should I put AA batteries in both sides if only 1 is popping? OR should they be done in a pair?

Thanks

Jay

Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

Upcoming: Change front fork Seals & Oil, install highway pegs & floorboards
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:41 PM
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Well... I think I'd do both because of the way the system works it seems like it would be unbalanced
But you wouldn't hurt anything trying one side only. It just might run rough. Let us know if you get the popping under control.

Dave

Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 06:02 PM
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Best thing to do with the air injection system is to remove EVERYTHING. All the hoses and the "3 way valve" under the seat. That will leave a hole in the surge tank that will need to be plugged, a vacuum fitting on the rear carb that will need to be plugged, and as for the 2 reed valve covers, you can either replace them with coasters (cleaner look) or do like I did and use car heater hose fitting block off caps, available dirt cheap at most auto parts stores, and fit perfectly where the hoses went. Doing that willl not cause any harm to the bike, it will actually stop a lot of the popping, and let the exhaust run cooler. I would also remove the epa plugs from the carbs, and set the pilot screws at 3 turns out. You can fine tune it from there.

I found the bike has plenty of power for me, like the looks of the ears (though I wish they had solid chrome covers), and engine reliability and longevity are the most important things to me. I have passed 70,000 miles, and expect it to go well past 100,000 miles. I consider using the stock air filters (well oiled) and changing the oil often to be the most important things you can do to make your engine last.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
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I would not use AA batteries. They can heat up, leak , and cause a host of problems.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 07:37 PM
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True. In the post I saw the idea it was meant as only a temporary thing I'm pretty sure. Thought Jay was just looking to test it out but I probably should have mentioned that.

Jerry, I had seen chrome after market covers for the ears a while back. Can't remember where but I'll see if I can pull it out of moth balls and post it.

Dave

Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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