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83 XL600R - help with air box delete

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Just wondering if anybody has personally modded their air intake.  I have seen XL's with fairings removed and the air box removed, with 2 K&N mini cone air filters strapped directly to the back of the carbs, but this is only from pictures.  Is it that easy?  Do I need to cut a hole under the rear fender to force more air in?  Do I need to re-jet after this?  Any help would be very much appreciated, looking for fall/winter projects.  Also interested in removing the crankcase blow back emission system if anyone knows about that.  I've seen pictures of that as well with a K&N filter in place of the emissions system.  The problem with that is the K&N filter has a line in and line out, where as the OE system has line in, line out, and a drain.  Any know how?  Here are some pics of the bike now.  Just put the full XR's only exhaust on, cleaned up some rust on the swing arm, painted the kick stand, and waiting on new mild knobbies to be mounted (hopefully today); just some basic stuff without having to crack the motor open.  

 

 

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If you do not care about performance, put the pods on, they look good.

Proper carburation depends on a smooth flow of air. The air box and air boots smooth out the air. Pods are fairly abrupt and the 'signal' provided to the slow and main air jets will not be even, causing poor running. You could tune them to work but only at specific points and not over a complete range.

You can remove the crankcase vent line to the air boot but you will want to run it into a catch can to deal with drips that'd normally be consumed by your engine.

 

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If you run the pods and succeed in jetting it properly it will eventually die a death by dirt ingestion.

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I think on a big bore you want to focus on low end torque, because they are not capable of the higher RPMs of a 250 or smaller. That being said, dual element Uni-pods keep the dirt and water out. You can wake up a sleepy engine with good airflow in and out. My SP was a pig when I brought it home, now the front end comes up hitting 3rd gear hard. Stock air box did not lend itself to modification.

 

In the 80's 3 of us were riding along a foot trail by a drainage ditch, the trail went around a fallen tree and onto the steep slope to the ditch. Bastid in front with new knobbies walked right around the tree, me and the other guy swamped our bikes. I took off my pod, wrung it out, rinsed with some gas, put a little motor oil on it and started right up. Other fella with an airbox and stock filter got the rest of my qt of oil and we spent an hour getting his bike started. Swamped mine when it had the stock filter and I was out for a "short" ride home, and it was a long push home.

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OP will never be back

Why is that?  I took the advice of the majority on this one, I didn't think I needed to further comment.

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