View Full Version : 2005 R Mods
23rd November 2004, 07:48
(First Post) The dealer says my bike is coming in Nov 26 (I hope) and am wondering about some simple mods I could do. I was going to go to the SE aircleaner and re-jet the carb. I was also going to run the stock exhaust with the plugs removed. Are the plugs fo Ca. only or do the other states have them too? I knocked it out of my '03 883R and it seemed to work OK. Not looking to make a ton of noise I just want it to be able to breathe. My 883 leaked oil out of the breather holes in the heads, through the air cleaner and back on the oil tank, and belt. Are the new heads doing that with the SE air cleaner?
23rd November 2004, 08:07
Welcome to The XL Forum.
Should be fine to go ahead and remove the baffles like you did on your 03.
Dunno about the oil issue as I do not have an 04 or 05 but it does blow oil you could always get a breater kit to reroute the oil under the bike.
23rd November 2004, 15:52
The 04-05 bikes don't have oil breather problems like the earlier models. I read where they redesigned the oil baffles in the heads so oil is not pulled into the air cleaner. I have never myself heard of anyone complaining about this issue on the newer XLs when using the stock air cleaner or the SE air cleaner assembly ... Nothing to worry about.
BTW, I have almost new Harley-Davidson SE air cleaner I just pulled off my bike (filter and complete system has 1,500 miles) I would be willing to sell at a good price if you are interested. You can PM me if interested. I am selling it because I just installed a new SE air cleaner from a FXSTB 'Night Train' (just for something different).
23rd November 2004, 19:33
Just got my '05 1200R Saturday. Where and how do you remove the exhaust plugs? If removed, can they be re-installed? Does removal require re-jetting?
24th November 2004, 02:33
To remove the baffles i just took a die grinder and ground down the weld inside of the pipe. Others hav eused a hole saw, and they come right out. I don't think you will want to put them back in, so don't worry about it.
I would say do the jets after you put an aircleaner and anything else you are going to do to it. My roadster got a lot more power after a rejet and adjusting the mixture.
24th November 2004, 15:58
Where did you get that clear tail light. LOOKS GREAT
24th November 2004, 18:52
I got the smoke rear lens from: http://www.adrenalinesports.com/streetgear/LaydownTailLamps.htm
The lens will come with a stock clear bulb, painted red. It's not bright enough.
If you buy the red lens, keep your stock clear bulb.
If you buy the clear or smoke lens, purchase the $9.95 red LED bulb. http://www.adrenalinesports.com/streetgear/Bulbs.htm You do not need a converter with this bulb.
Bulb P/N 3157 fits the newer Sportys with the 'wedge' (spade) shaped bulb connector on the end.
8th December 2004, 07:51
While I do like the red LED bulbs it's really not necessary to spend $9.95 to achieve the goal. If you go to Autozone or some of the other parts stores they make these neat rubber covers in red, yellow, blue and green which work very well in regards to changing the color of a clear bulb. I have three of them on the back of my 04 and when I hit the brake all three light up very nicely. The cost is roughly $2,00 and I have used them on other vehicles for about 2 years with no problems in terms relative to melting.
8th December 2004, 08:25
I know you've mentioned you have a point and shoot digital, but all I've got to say, you must have a steady hand and that Arizona sun helps you make some fine photos! Keep up the good work!
8th December 2004, 16:38
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