230 powernow carb insert: buy or bogus?

has anyone tried these inserts for your carb? are they worth it?

the fin things that straighten out airflow? they do help a little, but they aren't your best bang for the buck... if you've got the cash, go ahead

As an an engineer, the working at GM doing powertrain development, I can assure you of one thing. if you buy it, you will not gain ANY improvment on your engine, big or small. And you will have wasted your money. Do all the free mods and save up for a big bore, cam carb or exhaust.

I might consider it on a big bore bike but on a small bike I doubt there'd be any gains at all...

That's what they replace common sense with in engineering school.

Steve

Sorry guys, I thought you would want to spend you money on making your bikes faster. I was not being snide or condecending. I know the numbers and I know how the fuid dynamics actually work and all the time I spent in Internal combustion engine (ICE) Design (AKA the stuff they replaced common sense with) is far more reliable to me than "mr x said his bike felt faster". I stand by my response, it is a wast of money, people look to this site for input and good information'm doing my best to add to it. This will be my last post in this thread, I'm not into argueing on the internet.

Sorry guys, I thought you would want to spend you money on making your bikes faster. I was not being snide or condecending. I know the numbers and I know how the fuid dynamics actually work and all the time I spent in Internal combustion engine (ICE) Design (AKA the stuff they replaced common sense with) is far more reliable to me than "mr x said his bike felt faster". I stand by my response, it is a wast of money, people look to this site for input and good information'm doing my best to add to it. This will be my last post in this thread, I'm not into argueing on the internet.

So FMF falsified data in their independent dyno testing to help a competitor sell a product?

I'm not an engineer just offering my opinion of them.

Steve

I'm not an engineer just offering my opinion of them.

Steve

Wasn't talking about you. :D

I don't claim to have engineered the powernow, but they have a lot of satisfied customers using it. It was never designed to increase peak horsepower...

they make similar products for cars too... they "swirl" the air, or straighten it out a lot, and it has less drag through the inake port and carbeurator... it won't make the bike tons better, but it helps get the disrupted air calmed going into the engine

It doesn't have anything in common with that piece of tin foil at all.
they make similar products for cars too... they "swirl" the air, or straighten it out a lot, and it has less drag through the inake port and carbeurator... it won't make the bike tons better, but it helps get the disrupted air calmed going into the engine

:p one right after another :lol:

Wasn't talking about you. :lol:

I don't claim to have engineered the powernow, but they have a lot of satisfied customers using it. It was never designed to increase peak horsepower...

Oh I know. In my last two jobs I got to deal with some very arrogant engineers and also some very level headed ones, I just happen to like ripping on the arrogant ones. As far as the powernow I don't have an opinion either way other than the price is a bit much for what it is but I have thought of making my own.

Steve

The airfow straightener, Powernow, seems like it could possibly have an interesting effect with the carburetor slide at lower openings.

Someone with some real experience with this product please post.

:lol:

i didnt say i had any experience with it but at face value thats what it reminded me of. my buddys little brother who i ride with was actually talking about getting one of those for his KTM150

Someone with some real experience with this product please post.

save your money and buy a tire

it's the sugar pill of performance products. placebo effect.

There is the OP, i believe it says "has anyone tried these".:lol:

Don't try to start sh*t with me, and just shut down your personal opinion on a product you haven't tried.

this is the interweb. all you get is personal opinions. go to consumer reports if you want analysis:thumbsup:

this is the interweb. all you get is personal opinions. go to consumer reports if you want analysis:thumbsup:

You are right, especially when it comes to this (type of?) product. I haven't seen anything conclusive and informative from private testers. Alot of nay-sayers but nothing conclusive. I just got an infraction because i really want to hear from first hand experience, not from people with opinions. I can tell you that iguana soup from el salvador sounds horrible, and i say i will never try it, but some people say it tastes good.

I remember when the Tornado for cars came out. Alot of people talked about them, and said they were BS, but i didn't hear anyone actually trying one and testing for real data.

Still, the powernow for carburetors might have an interesting effect because of the slide of the carb. Anyone actually try it?

If your jetting is off, these devices can help. But you will loose top end, you are effectively reducing the carb diameter. A properly jetted bike, big or small does not need it.

The work by increasing the vacuum effect at low throttle openings by making the carb throat act as if it were smaller. They can induce poor running when the slide is just past the dividing vane. Once well past, the effect is gone till WOT, then the reduction in area caused by the device patially blocking the carb reduces top end.

Jet the bike right, save your money.

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