Intake problem - need suggestions

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by adamk, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. adamk

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    I just bought a used XLH 883.

    It came with a custom intake; I'm not sure, but I think it might be the Arlen Ness Big Sucker.

    The bike is jetted, and runs fantastic. The problem is that maybe I was a bit taller than the previous owner (5'8"), because I keep _bashing my shin_ against the intake.

    Any suggestions for what I should do?

    I'm considering moving to a Screamin' Eagle Heavy Breather, or a cheaper, but similar, intake. But, I'd love more ideas.

    -Adam

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  2. glider

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    That filter element looks as if it could be the Zippers upgraded filter which is 5/8" taller than the standard stage 1 filter. The standard is a bit over 2" tall and the zippers is 2 5/8' tall. You could measure it and see which one you have and gain 5/8" by going to the HD 0800 K&N element if you have the taller one on there now.

    The zippers filter is on the right.

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  3. adamk

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    I wasn't sure where to measure. But, I think you're right.

    Moving from the 2 5/8" filter to the 2" filter certainly would be the cheapest and easiest fix for my problem.

    But, and excuse my ignorance, how much perfomance would I lose by switching to the smaller intake filter?

    And also, would have have to adjust the carb after I made this change?
     
  4. glider

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    The shorter K&N (HD 0800) that can be purchased or ordered from Autozone for about $42 will flow more than enough air for your motor with no re jetting needed at all if it's the taller filter on there now.
    We're not talking the K&N replacement for the stock housing here.

    Measure overall height from the base to the top of the filter at the metal ends of the filter.

    CFM ratings of Air Filters - Harley Davidson Community

    I went the opposite way you are going on a previous bike and that 5/8" extra from the Zipper filter was enough to hit me in the knee too. I ended up with a set of extensions for the forward pegs which did the trick.

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  5. adamk

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    K&N's website tells me that the smaller filter is actually 2 1/8". I'm 95% sure that I already have the smaller filter on there.

    I might consider just upgrading to a corbin seat. It's about the same price as a new intake, and if it moves me back 1/2 inch, I think I'll be fine.
     
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  6. adamk

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    P.S. From the photos; Nice bike!
     
  7. glider

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    Thanks, that was a result of one of my weaker moments at the dealers.:D
     
  8. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    It's just hard to say no when the deuce calls you isn't it? :D I know your pain...LOL
     
  9. glider

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    Sure is Joy. I had my eye on that bike for a while and just couldn't resist it any longer. It had quite an engine in it too.:D

    It was actually calling my name as I walked by it.
     
  10. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    We don't pick the bikes, they pick us. :D I was sitting on a blue bike, all happy & such, but the orange & creme kept saying 'look at me, look at me'.:bigsmiley23: