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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Performance Mods for '11 Vaquero

There are a number of performance mods that I want to do to my '11 Vaquero but I don't have the money to do them all at once. I was hoping I could get some advice/opinions as to what order to do them.
Ray's throttle Mod. I think this one should be first for a couple of reasons. It isn't really expensive and the throttle lag drives me nuts.
Thunder air kit. I was thinking about the tornado. Any opinions?
Vance & Hines slash cut slip ons. Thoughts?
Power commander. Are there other tuners that are better?
I don't know if all of these need to be done together to see any true improvements or if each on it's own will help.
I am also considering wrapping my pipes. Hot days are tough for a fat guy like me.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 01:03 PM
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The Vaquero is already lean, start with the throttle mod and the PCV, I don't feel the Cobra is a reliable alternative, the PCV gives me the ability to experiment with maps and find what my Vaquero likes best depending on it's current state of upgrades...

I love the sound of my V&H slashies but I am using a map I've created, the PC maps are pig rich. I've ordered a Thunder intake kit but am still waiting on shipment, once it arrives I'll begin working on maps to fine tune. I wrapped the header, I put an image in the pictures section if you're curious, next is flushing the cooling system and using Engine Ice...

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As Darkstar stated, the PCV has way more adjustability compared to the Cobra unit. I have V&H Twin Slash pipes, PCV, RoarinrTwinz air filter, and my own throttle mod done. The map I have came from element80. Seems to work pretty good. I have others but so far this map and one other are the best for my motor.

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Thanks for the responses.
I went to the Power Commander site and they list a PCV for fuel, fuel and ignition, and auto tune. Which do you recommend? As you probably assumed from my questions, I don't know much about this stuff.
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All you need is the PCV. No need for the ignition or auto-tune.

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Chrome bling on passenger floorboards
Rockford Fosgate Amplifer
Polk Audio/Kicker speakers
Kawasaki CB radio
Rear speaker kit
Vance & Hines Twin Slash slip-ons
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Lower bag rails
Kuryakyn Tour-tech cruise peg mounts
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Awesome. Thanks!
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Once you get it, ask here on the forum and someone will send you a map to use. If you have the V&H Twin Slash and an air filter kit, I can send a couple different ones.

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Roaring Twinz Air Kit
Thunder Manufacturing dress-up plate
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Chrome bling on passenger floorboards
Rockford Fosgate Amplifer
Polk Audio/Kicker speakers
Kawasaki CB radio
Rear speaker kit
Vance & Hines Twin Slash slip-ons
Power Commander V
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Lower bag rails
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Thanks for the responses.
I went to the Power Commander site and they list a PCV for fuel, fuel and ignition, and auto tune. Which do you recommend? As you probably assumed from my questions, I don't know much about this stuff.
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All you need is the PCV. No need for the ignition or auto-tune.

I just recently replaced my original fuel only PCV with a new PCV with ignition timing adjustability.

Using my past experience in dyno tuning hundreds of skoots and playing with ignition timing I made some changes to the ignition timing on my Vaquero, using my butt dyno and the mpg meter. Initial results were extremely favorable and got me excited to finally find the time to get my skoot back on my dyno to develop a new map. I had made a few changes since the last dyno session that required a re-map for fuel, adding developing an ignition map would just be icing on the cake.

As i have found in the past on many skoots there were MAJOR gains in torque as a result of ignition timing changes. Now that I have found these Vulcans respond so favorably to ignition timing changes it is more than well worth the extra $20 for the PCV with ignition.

I am old school, from a time when we adjusted the carb(s) and fiddled with ignition timing. It seems many have lost or forgotten the importance of ignition timing. No doubt it is NOT as important as getting the a/f ratio correct, but it is still and always will be one aspect of tuning that should never be deemed as unnecessary! Utilizing my dyno on THOUSANDS of skoots since 1993 allows me to make this statement based on fact and experience.

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Great information Ray. My biggest issue with PCV in general is I really don't know much about air/fuel ratio and ignition timing so I will have to rely on the people that know what they are doing to guide me.
I don't want to blow the old girl up yet.
Thanks to everyone for their input.
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