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What's the lowdown on the body panels?

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How functional are these air scoops? Going around the woods or general trail riding certainly isn't going to provide any functionality to these body parts. Maybe over 45 MPH might. and certainly at highway speed they'll have an effect.

 

Can I loose them? No problem bring up the tail of the front fender.

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They do help, even on the trail.  Some riders have reported a difference of up to 20 degrees in oil temps without the panels.  This being said, a lot of folks remove them without issue..

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I bought my XR650L new in 2012 and removed the scoops within the first six months with no problems. I live in southeast Texas so it gets plenty hot during the summer months. I did add an oil cooler to my bike which helped considerably with oil temps, this mod can be found over on the Two Wheeled Texas forum under the General dirtiness forum in the XR650L owners thread, it is a long ongoing thread so it might help to do a search for oil cooler mod within the thread.

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