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post #1 of 8 Old 08-27-2008, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Couple of Mods Today

Today I did the PCV Mod and replaced that weak factory horn. The PCV Mod went smooth, no problems, except I bought the wrong size hose clamps, no problem. I can go to OSH and get the right ones. I noticed the difference right away, the bike does'nt feel as sluggish as it did, it seems to have a little more snap on acceleration. I only rode about 5 miles, so I will keep an open mind about the performance, I am making a trip to Cambria tomorrow which is about a 140 or so mile trip from Fresno. I will really be able to evaluate it under many different riding conditions then.

The horn was a different story, it took me about 2 1/2 hours to finally find a place to put the thing. I got a horn from Pep Boys called the freeway blaster. It seemed small in size so I thought I could put it where the stock horn was. WRONG! I ended up splicing in longer wires and finally found a place toward the bottom of the radiator guard where it would not only fit, but it could be heard as well. I'll try to post pics of the horn before I leave tomorrow. What a difference a loud horn makes on a bike, it blows away the stock horn. I like it so well I may upgrade again before I leave tomorrow. You are so used to motorcycle horns, anything else sounds like it should'nt be coming from your bike. I honked the horn so many times my wife finally came outside to see if I was in some kind of trouble. I honked with the motor on, I honked with the motor off, I honked with the bike revving, I honked riding down the street. It is so much fun, I think I will go outside and honk again, just because I want to.

Later, gotta go honk my horn(?) , the one on the bike, I mean.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-27-2008, 09:18 PM
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Just use good zip ties instead of hose clamps on the pcv hose. Put a large flat screwdriver blade (or something like that) against the tie base and pull them tight with pliers.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-27-2008, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Good idea with the zip ties, I've got hundreds of them everywhere. They are cheap and always seem to come in handy.

I just came in from a ride, and one thing I felt I was noticing, was on deceleration(word?), compression brake seemed to slow bike down a little harder. Has anyone else whose done the PCV mod noticed the same, or am I just paying closer attention to things that have always been going on?

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Yep. Modern baleing wire.
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Yep compression braking seemed to increase on mine as well....

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Is there a centralized place to see these mods? For example what is the pvc mod, what does it do, and how do you do it?

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Link to the Valve:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...light=mercedes

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Thanks for the link.

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