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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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My father and I have been doing some work including fabricating a new seat, Backrest and Rack. The next step for my bike will be to finish the exhaust and the ear shaving. I was wondering if there is a difference If I install an aftermarket case or just installing a set of K&N filters with no casing at all.

The other issue that just started is that when ever I use my front break harder then normal I smell burning rubber. Does anyone know what the cause of that would be?


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The brakes are not rubber and you would not get that type of smell because of the brakes.
Check the front tire and wheel is it loose somehow, I mean is it rubbing against the fender or forks when you hit the brake hard. That would be about the only thing that would give you a rubber smell. I would say the K+N filters would be easier to do. Hope this helps.

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Welcome to the Vulcan Madness dagmar. Where are you from? Your question about the k&N filters is confusing to me. I have no experience with doing an earshave, but there are two types of K&N filters for the vn750. There are some foam filters that simply replace the OEM Kawi ones inside the airbox. Then there are the filter "pods" that mount directly to the carbs with no airbox. Does that answer your question at all?

As far as the burning rubber smell goes, the next time you smell it, stop and get your nose down close to the brake pads and disc to see if you can discover the source.

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I am from MN. I was wondering if there is a performance difference if I built a case for the air filters of if I just left them open to the world. I was thinking of building a small box for them that will act like a ram air system so that there is no heat from the engine getting to them. though it won't be nice looking I could build it for function. But nothing else on my bike that I have fabricated is all that nice looking.
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performance suggests that there is some speed involved. when you are moving the air that goes to the filters is coming in from the front ahead of the engine and seems that it should not be heated up. you may want to look up on this forum the posts about "ear shaves" which deals with removing the air filter boxes altogether.

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Making a custom Ram Air type box, or removing the box all together, will require rejetting the carbs.
As I've said many times here, I ran once with just the chrome covers off the ears. Bike would run like crap over 4k RPM's.

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