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Old 11-13-2012, 04:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The new BC airbox removal kit help

Ive just got the new 2012 ARK from BC
For my 2010 america efi
Anyone done an install for this unit ?
I've watched the BA-moto vid with sweaty Boris but its entirely the wrong bike but a fantastic production
I'm really in need of some reassuring advice and instruction
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While I haven't done the ARK, I have removed my air box for modification and put it back in. Takes time & tools but really is not hard to do. Here are some of my steps that I remember. Not necessarily in order. I did not remove the rear wheel.

Stood the bike up with motor cycle jack. *Not off the ground yet.
I took off the slip on mufflers. Swing arm can hit them when lifting the bike.
Removed the seats. Remove right side plastic "America" cover.
Disconnected the wiring plug for the rear lights.
Unbolted and removed the rear fender.
Took the shocks loose from the top so the rear wheel can be lowered. *This why you didn't jack the bike up.
Now jack the bike into the air creating space between the wheel and
the frame.
Disconnect & set aside all electrical items fastened to the air box.
Remove air box through the large area made by lowering the rear wheel.

Now, all that is said. When I cut away the air box on my Bonneville I did just that. Did not pull it out from the back I just attacked it with a Dremel tool and pulled out the pieces.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks MattyMo
What about the chain .Did you loosen it to get enough swing on the rear wheel ?
I did a reconnoiter on this and found the bike alarm has been secreted under the seat
And wired into the rear indicator wiring post terminal connection Grrrr!
Also found a 1" hose linking the airbox to I think the fuel pump I have no idea what it does
Or if it's important lol and some sort of electronic sensor screwed into the top of the airbox
I would like not to have to break or cut anything (just in case it all turns to custard)
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's been a couple of years since I modified my air box, and I have a carbed bike not EFI so yours may be a little different. But you shouldn't have to remove your mufflers or your rear fender. At least my bike jack slid under the engine and caused no problem with the mufflers. I did remove the seat and unbolted the top of the shocks and took them loose so that the rear wheel would drop when I raised the bike. When you raise the bike up I do remember that something was attached to the air box (the breather hose ?), but it was easy to remove. You have to raise the bike high enouch that the rear wheel drops as far down as it can to give you room to slide the air box back. Naturally you've already disconnected the rubber pieces that go from the air box to the carbs (or EFI).

When everything is disconnected you can slide the air box directly to the rear. You have to turn it and manuver it around a little, but with patience it will come out. If you take some time and do a search on this forum you'll find lots and lots of information from guys who describe how they removed and replaced or modified their air boxes. The info is all here.

I'm not a mechanic, and doing something like this when I got my America scared me silly, but what I found out is that these are really easy bikes to work on. You have plenty of room to work, everything is pretty straight forward, and if you take your time you can figure most of it out. Good luck with your air box removal. Which air filters are you going to go with? I've gone with the UNI pods and think that they work well.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What about the chain .Did you loosen it to get enough swing on the rear wheel ?

Also found a 1" hose linking the airbox to I think the fuel pump I have no idea what it does Or if it's important lol and some sort of electronic sensor screwed into the top of the airbox
I would like not to have to break or cut anything (just in case it all turns to custard)
I did not loosen the chain. It seems that as the swingarm is lowered the chain actually goes very slack.
You will have the hose for the SAI (from the air box to the SAI solenoid valve) to remove. If you haven't done away with the SAI yet you will want to with this mod.
You do have the tip over sensor and some other electrical item screwed to the top of the box. These will need to be secured somewhere without the box in place. Note that the tip over sensor has to be oriented as it is now! It's a "safety" item you know.
Good luck with it and get a proper dyno tune to account for the added air flow into that motor
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Itchy, I was just outside walking past my motorcycle. The hose I was thinking about is actually the crankcase vent hose. While I do still have my air box in place the cc vent hose was rerouted long ago. If your kit doesn't have a crankcase filter get one and just turn the hose straight up or route it to place the filter over the chain as any vented oil would then drop on the chain
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just had mine done (on an America '09). I didn't have the courage to try it myself. Did you get the exposed or the non-exposed model from BC? I'm wondering if the non-exposed still has the extra storage box that they show on their web site.

More importantly, let us know how your bike performs. I will be riding mine tomorrow, but already I can tell that it has a great sound.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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No the storage has been removed from the new BC model and I'm a
Little disappointed . Apparently it's to do with the
New efi position
I got the non exposed , figuring I could always make
It exposed if I wanted
The kit came with unipods and crankcase filter
But this was the 1" hose I was talking about

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That looks like the SAI (secondary air injection) stuff. It's there for emissions purposes. It doesn't have any performance plus or minus. If you change to a more free flowing exhaust you will want it gone. Looks like a lot but only requires 2 bolts & washers to do away with it, plugging the holes next to the spark plugs. *Simply removing it will cause a CEL, that alarm can be disabled when you remap it (or dyno-tune) for the air flow changes. Lots of threads about it on here. You can just plug the pipe and leave it all in place if you choose. Some have said removing it improves the snatchy throttle at low RPM but I didn't feel the change. Doing away with the O2 sensors makes a big improvement on the snatchy throttle at low RPM.
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I have a box of all the stuff they removed from my bike, and it "looks" like both your 1" hose and the "don't know what this is" are in the box. So they clearly removed it. Don't know where it used to connect.....

I was a bit disappointed about the loss of the storage box too. I figured it was a nice little extra. I had a small storage area on my prior bike (Yamaha 650) and it was nice.

If I can I'll try to post some pics of the finished work and at least the parts that they removed, if that helps.

Rode it today for a few hours. I had the AI removal kit done also, and it removed the popping almost entirely. The performance improvements are very subtle but the throttle does seem a bit more responsive.
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