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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Chucksters Air Intake

Just ordered my air intake. Pretty excited to have it come in. Going to set up the appointment with my local dealer (I actually have a pretty good and trustworthy one). Going to do the big three with dyno tuning. V&H slip ons, PCV and the Chucksters air kit. Hoping that will wake everything up nicely. The Voyager is a big girl. A little more snort won't hurt her.

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Pass on the PVC- head straight to Ivan then no need for dyno


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I've read up on the Ivan re-flash, and it sounds great, but... My bike is still under full extended warranty until June of 2019. My dealer will honor all aspects of the Kawasaki warranty if they do the install and dyno tuning with the PCV, but will not honor the warranty if the ECU is re-flashed by a third party. I'll pay my money on the dyno and the install and I'm sure I'll be happy with the results compared to stock. The peace of mind of still having a full warranty for the next almost 2 years is more important to me.

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Rac'nRay throttle mod w/Avon grips
Chuckster's air intake
Vance & Hines slip ons
PCV with dyno tuning
Mustang wide touring seat w/rider backrest
Corbin passenger back rest for mrs. Too
Cobra highway pegs
Kenwood M 1814 amp, Kicker 6.5" speakers and Engineered Adpators speaker adapters.
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...My dealer will not honor the warranty if the ECU is re-flashed by a third party...
If I was you I'd find a new dealer... Even from down here, I've heard of legislation you have in the USA demanding it would have to be proven that any subsequent fault occurred as a result of the flash, for a claim to be denied?

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From Kawasaki's website:
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. Repair or replacement required as a result of (i) accident or collision; (ii) misuse, abuse or neglect; (iii) lack of reasonable and proper maintenance; (iv) repairs improperly performed or replacement parts improperly installed by an entity other than an authorized Kawasaki dealer; (v) use of replacement parts or accessories not conforming to Kawasaki specifications which adversely affect performance and/or durability; (vi) alterations or modifications not recommended or approved in writing by Kawasaki; or (vii) wear and deterioration (including loss of engine compression) occasioned by the use of the Product.

Pay special attention to articles V though VII. It becomes a gray area, and would likely be more expense/hassle than it would be worth to fight it, should something go wrong and the dealer, mine or another, decide not to honor the warranty.

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Rac'nRay throttle mod w/Avon grips
Chuckster's air intake
Vance & Hines slip ons
PCV with dyno tuning
Mustang wide touring seat w/rider backrest
Corbin passenger back rest for mrs. Too
Cobra highway pegs
Kenwood M 1814 amp, Kicker 6.5" speakers and Engineered Adpators speaker adapters.
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The Magnuson-Moss Act allows that mods done while under warranty will not affect the manu's warranty UNLESS the failure can be traced to the mod. HOWEVER, as toodamtall points out, there are areas for concern. The PCM controls so many performance issues that virtually any engine and/or electrical malfunction could be blamed on the PCM/ECU mod. The point is, mod your bikes with the knowledge that you could have warranty issues, then be prepared for potential coverage issues when something fails.

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I have seen other riders post on this forum that their dealers sent out the ECU's to IVAN because of the benefits achieved from the flash upgrade. Guess it depends on your dealer.

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Any updates on this? Very curious to see the results of the mods as I was looking to do the same combo of the three. Would appreciate any feed back.
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Better late than never, lol.

It's only taken me a year to get back on here...

Very happy with the mods to this date. I was going to add the dyno chart but my pdf file is too large.
Max RWHP 73.07 @ 5200 rpm
Max RWTQ 86.9 @ 3750 rpm. The telling part about the torque, however, is that the curve is ridiculously flat. I'm making over 70 lb/ft at the rear wheel from 2200rpm all the way to 5500rpm.

The flatter torque curve has allowed me to change my riding style a little bit, which resulted in a + change in gas mileage. I was averaging around 36.5mpg stock. I am currently averaging 39.4mpg now. Nearly a full 3mpg increase.

Also added a Mustang wide touring seat and a Corbin passenger backrest. Running Metzelers on both ends too.

2012 Vulcan 1700 Voyager, white and gold
Rac'nRay throttle mod w/Avon grips
Chuckster's air intake
Vance & Hines slip ons
PCV with dyno tuning
Mustang wide touring seat w/rider backrest
Corbin passenger back rest for mrs. Too
Cobra highway pegs
Kenwood M 1814 amp, Kicker 6.5" speakers and Engineered Adpators speaker adapters.
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I wonder if the Metzelers might have lower rolling resistance (or higher) which might affect your gas mileage.
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