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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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K & N Air Filter on new 1700

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I am purchasing a new 12' 1700 Vulcan Classic. I have already ordered the K&N air filter. This bike has stock exhausts for now but I'm being told that even for the air filter I need to install a power commander, etc. I have always put K&N filters in bikes and trucks and never done any tunes at all. On my previous bike I put one in when I had about 1000 miles and got an immediate increase in fuel economy and performance.

Suggestions and 'expert' opinions would be appreciated. :-)

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 11:15 PM
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I didn't need the fuel manager with just the K & N air filter on my Voyager. I did need one when I also added Cobra Tri-Ovals.

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I ran K and N and slipons for 500 miles without a fuel processor it will be ok.


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I meant 5000 miles.


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Just a filter change isn't so significant as to require a tuner, you should be good.

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OK, so will the higher flow air intake increase performance even without any kind of tuner?


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Increasing performance on the 1700 is addressing the restrictions. Putting on a K&N filter will slightly improve air flow. Installing something like Chucksters Intake System or a Thunder will improve it even more, and you should see a increase in mileage/performance. The engine however, is still restricted by the exhaust. Either changing the OEM slip-ons for less restrictive ones or drilling the baffle plates in the OEM units will open up the exhaust. Again, an increase in mileage/performance. But now an already lean-running engine will be running even more lean, resulting in the dreaded after-fire racket. A tuner will not only resolve that, but also increase performance by giving the engine the proper amount of fuel to run efficiently.

Annnddddd I'm now collecting lunch money for my tuner, so I can attest to the after-fire!

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Thanks to everyone for the replies. I feel better about spending the money on the K&N which I received today, picking up the bike is still tomorrow. I know I will want to get after market exhausts some time soon, but not in the budget right now. Then I know some tuning will be required I'll check out the air intake systems too. Again, thanks!

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Ive got stk exh with the rear two baffle plates removed and a thunder intake w K&N and have no issues.,

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All new bikes suffer from asthma and constipation, meaning they need a good air kit to get more air intake and new exhaust slip-ons to let the burned fuel escape with less pressure.

Once you do these two things to your bike, you are going to need a fuel processor like the Power Commander or Cobra Processor.

This is what is called doing the Big Three to your bike. I ended up getting better overall performance on my Vaquero once I put a Thunder Tornado Air Kit, Cobra Tri-Ovals, and a PCv on the bike.


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