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post #1 of 5 Old 10-21-2006, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Any issues with an open Airbox?

No doubt this is a dumb nOOb question, but I've removed my LHS bodywork to install a tool tube and now I have this

I also took out this bit of plastic that was sitting just above the airbox

What are your suggestions regarding the hole? I took the seat off and had a look, but didn't get much further ops:

Can I just cut a piece out of a car washing sponge and shove that in the hole? Or does the air filter on the RHS stop all the crap getting to the engine.

Many thanks in advance

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-21-2006, 06:22 AM
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The first pic is of the snorkle, It's fine to remove it but your bike "may" run a little lean. Alot of folks have removed it,myself included.
The second pic is of some kind of guard to keep crap out of the hole, I left mine there but i am almost sure it isnt needed unless you ride in the mud alot.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-21-2006, 03:10 PM
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The airbox needs to have an opening of some sort in it for air to enter. The first picture depicts the stock opening with the "snorkle" in place; the second is a half-ass filter to keep large chunks of crap out of the airbox. Delete the snorkle (usually done in conjunction with some carb mods), keep the half-ass filter.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2006, 12:02 AM
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Air Box

Were you considering doing the air box mod? The Patman has as well as showes proceedures for doing this mod. Patman also shows you how to modify the original opening, after removing the "Donut" and that "Holey" plate by installing a cover and creating an additional tool/accessory box.

By opening up the air box you will run lean and it is stronly suggested to do some carb mods as well.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-24-2006, 01:25 AM
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There is no problem with the snorkle being exposed as in the first photo. If water gets in there is a drain hole or two for the moisture to escape. With the accessory plate removed you do get a louder sound during acceleration.


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