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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-15-2011, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Power reduction with Smartpartz Hard Kore baffle

So I put the Smartpartz baffles in a couple weeks ago. Last weekend (not this past weekend) was the first time I rode with them in. The first part of the ride involved some fairly tight roads so I was rarely getting about 65 in the straights. The power seemed to be just fine. But the last part of the ride involved some pretty long straights and the guys leading ride fast so I was having to go for it, but once I got above 65 it just didn't have anything more to hardly give me. I could barely get above 70.
At first I was pissed thinking it was that the baffles were restricting me too much. But then I was thinking about it those baffles don't actually stop the air flow they just move it around. Then when we got to a stop, guys were mentioning that we had a massive head wind and with the big windshield that the LT has it made sense that maybe I just couldn't buck it. But then today and the past couple days I have noticed the same thing. Up to 65 I feel pretty good but not great, but after that is a struggle.
Has anybody else noticed a power loss at all?

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No power loss with mine.
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80-90mph no problem with mine.
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Nope, no problems @ higher speeds.

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So I put the Smartpartz baffles in a couple weeks ago. Last weekend (not this past weekend) was the first time I rode with them in. The first part of the ride involved some fairly tight roads so I was rarely getting about 65 in the straights. The power seemed to be just fine. But the last part of the ride involved some pretty long straights and the guys leading ride fast so I was having to go for it, but once I got above 65 it just didn't have anything more to hardly give me. I could barely get above 70. At first I was pissed thinking it was that the baffles were restricting me too much. But then I was thinking about it those baffles don't actually stop the air flow they just move it around. Then when we got to a stop guys were mentioning that we had a massive head wind and with the big windshield that the LT has it made sense that maybe I just couldn't buck it. But then today and the past couple days I have noticed the same thing. Up to 65 I feel pretty good but not great, but after that is a struggle. Has anybody else noticed a power loss at all?
Try going back to the old setup and take her for a spin.
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How's your settings on the processor ... ????? not that I know what it should be put but that maybe the source of your issues.

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No, you shouldn't need to change your settings for the HardKore Baffles.

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Have you tried 4th or 5th gear?
Seriously though, the top speed of this bike is about 110 mph, bone stock. Been there. With the windshield on. If you can't get above 70, something is definitely wrong. Last Saturday, there were sustained winds of 25-30 with gusts up to 45 mph. I had no problems rolling straight into the wind at 75-80 mph. Even passed a few cars, so I know I was moving faster than that at times.

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I tried 4-5th gears believe me. I have done over a 100 with the windshield. The settings on the Fi haven't been altered at all. Other then giving in more fuel for the open throttle setting. To remove the baffle may be a lot hard then it sounds. They were such a tight fit I had to reallly beat them in there.

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I tried 4-5th gears believe me. I have done over a 100 with the windshield. The settings on the Fi haven't been altered at all. Other then giving in more fuel for the open throttle setting. To remove the baffle may be a lot hard then it sounds. They were such a tight fit I had to reallly beat them in therer.
I assume the original baffle never moved and you were able to line everything up so the allen bolt could be reinstalled through the end cap, Smart baffle and pipe?
What about shining a flashlight up each pipe and verify there's no obstructions?
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