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  1. zing
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    Hot dang! I'm happy I just ordered the Maxair kit, so get ready I'm sure when it arrives and I start the install I'll be bugging the crap out of you guys for help.

  2. Troober312
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    Just following the instructions and you'll be fine. In my experience if you have any problems Maxair tech support is great.

  3. bkman
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    I'm sure when it arrives and I start the install I'll be bugging the crap out of you guys for help.
    I'll lay money down that says you won't. You will probably find that the instructions are very clear and, if you follow them step-by-step, you will be done in about three hours and ready to hit the start button. I was VERY nervous about taking my brand-new bike apart (I did my Maxair kit with just 800 miles on the odometer) but I've never looked back. It took me about 3.5hours to complete my installation, and the motor fired right up. I couldn't believe the difference in power. The 1100 is a good bike right out of the box, but its a great bike once you've opened up the intake. That is the best performance enhancement you can do without tearing the motor apart.

  4. nadzcarbelli1
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    Does the Maxair require jetting changes??

  5. bkman
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    Maxair requires jetting, new needles, new diaphragm springs and a float adjustment. The kit includes the pieces you will need, plus stainless steel socket-heat screws to replace the soft, crappy phillips-head screws you inevitably tear up trying to remove. They also throw in some additional main jets so you can set your bike up for higher altitudes, OEM pipes, 2-into-1 exhausts or straight pipes (with and without baffles). The only thing they don't include is the float tool, which would be nice. You can use a dial caliper instead, though, so it's not a real big deal.

  6. zing
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    Maxair requires jetting, new needles, new diaphragm springs and a float adjustment. The kit includes the pieces you will need, plus stainless steel socket-heat screws to replace the soft, crappy phillips-head screws you inevitably tear up trying to remove. They also throw in some additional main jets so you can set your bike up for higher altitudes, OEM pipes, 2-into-1 exhausts or straight pipes (with and without baffles). The only thing they don't include is the float tool, which would be nice. You can use a dial caliper instead, though, so it's not a real big deal.

    My biggest concern is adjusting the float bowls and doing a carb sync. I did find diagram of how to make your own float tool and carb sync tool, so hopefully they will work.

  7. Troober312
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    I broke down and bought a carb sync tool, I figured I"m gonna have the bike for awhile why not have tools to work on it with. If you dont' have a set, I recommend buying a set of Needle nosed Vice Grips, like bkman said those screws in the float bowls are a pain in the tail. Vice grips worked great. Good luck.

  8. A1zbordztat
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    My biggest concern is adjusting the float bowls and doing a carb sync. I did find diagram of how to make your own float tool and carb sync tool, so hopefully they will work.
    Synch'ing the carbs is not that bad and that homemade manometer really does work. That's what I use every time. Mine is filled with ATF. The red color gives a nice contrast and it's light enough that it's very responsive.

    Adjusting the float bowls was my biggest concern. I did not have the proper tools and ended up making a jig out of glued up popsicle sticks. Don't laugh. It worked, but I would have prefered to have had the proper tools to do it.

    As far as those damn screws, my suggestion is to just use the vice grips to break them loose. Then you can turn them out with the phillips. You're gonna toss them anyway. Safe yourself the struggle.

    As has already been stated, just follow the instructions closely. This kit is awesome.

  9. bkman
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    My biggest concern is adjusting the float bowls.../QUOTE]

    That is, without a doubt, the hardest part of the installation. That part took me about an hour before I was satisfied that I did it right. I bought the float tool that they (Maxair) sell, which is kind of a cheapie, but it worked fine. Look at the video on YouTube and it will make a whole lot more sense.

    youtube.com/watch?v=_CX9bN4AJvc

    Don't worry too much about the other stuff. If you take your time and are very careful, you will be riding a much-improved motorcycle before you know it.

  10. Mige
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    I had bought the Max-Air float tool also. It was a pain in the butt to use correctly. I ended up going to Lowe's and buying a Vernier caliper. It's pretty bad when Max uses one in his video instead of the float tool he sells. Anyway, just take your time and follow the instructions carefully and it will be fine. It is worth the effort...it will seem like a whole different bike when you're done.

  11. zing
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    I broke down and bought a carb sync tool, I figured I"m gonna have the bike for awhile why not have tools to work on it with. If you dont' have a set, I recommend buying a set of Needle nosed Vice Grips, like bkman said those screws in the float bowls are a pain in the tail. Vice grips worked great. Good luck.

    Thanks for the advise on the needle nose pliers.

  12. quicgmicg
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    For what it's worth... we've got the DIY POD set up down so that you don't need to mess with the floats at all. It's just another available option. All instructions are available in Dave Sloan's KB. Total cost including float bowl screws, jets, filters is right about $100. Add a pair of Tim B's excellent PMS screws and you are at $140 total package. I did mine reusing the bottom of the stock air box to cut down on some of the excess noise they make and it worked great.

    Just another direction you can go with these things....

  13. zing
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    For what it's worth... we've got the DIY POD set up down so that you don't need to mess with the floats at all. It's just another available option. All instructions are available in Dave Sloan's KB. Total cost including float bowl screws, jets, filters is right about $100. Add a pair of Tim B's excellent PMS screws and you are at $140 total package. I did mine reusing the bottom of the stock air box to cut down on some of the excess noise they make and it worked great. Just another direction you can go with these things....

    Sounds great, but I've already ordered the maxair kit, so hopefully this thing works as good as everyone says.

  14. quicgmicg
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    They work well.... best thing you can do for an 1100 is open up the intake side....

  15. TheNodoriouz
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    I just ordered my MaxAir kit yesterday. I need to build the Carb Sync tool before I start. I've worked on bikes before so I'm not too worried about this project. Hopefully I'll be able to tell the difference. Too many times I've installed some hyped up HP mod and been disappointed.

    As soon as I have everything set up, I'm taking the bike to a Dyno shop to ensure I get every bit of HP possible.

    Also, bought the CSR-Kit. That should make things a little peppier. During the same install I'll be putting in the ORK and some new black mirrors.

    Love,
    TheNodoriouz

  16. quicgmicg
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    I just ordered my MaxAir kit yesterday. I need to build the Carb Sync tool before I start. I've worked on bikes before so I'm not too worried about this project. Hopefully I'll be able to tell the difference. Too many times I've installed some hyped up HP mod and been disappointed. As soon as I have everything set up, I'm taking the bike to a Dyno shop to ensure I get every bit of HP possible. Also, bought the CSR-Kit. That should make things a little peppier. During the same install I'll be putting in the ORK and some new black mirrors.Love,TheNodoriouz
    If you can't tell the difference over a stock intake, you didn't do it right, LOL. Just look at the size of the air box side of the rubber intake snorkel and you'll know they are lacking enough air.

    I'd love to see the dyno results too if you wouldn't mind sharing.

    Just a word of warning...as I'm sure you already know...the guys doing the dyno will make AFR recommendations... proceed with caution with that info. I've seen some absolutely horrifying advice given out.

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