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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Airbox - a story of despair and elation

I'm gradually working through servicing my 1995 Thunderbird which is new to me 2-3 weeks ago.

Thought to myself "I'll change the air filter - that's a nice easy job". Looked in the Haynes manual with gradually increasing horror.

Remove seat and side panel, and the battery. And the seat lock. And the air "chamber". And the carburettors!!!!!

At this point I needed to go and have a stiff drink. Is this some horrible practical joke Triumph are playing on us?

I don't have much service history for the bike, but I remembered one receipt from the previous owner when he needed to replace the ignition sensor last year. There on the receipt was my life saver: Airbox Assembly, Classic T2201200 and several hours of workshop time. The gods have smiled on me!

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 07:20 AM
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I bought a Tbird Sport last summer that has pods fitted. Almost put the stock airbox back on but now I think I'm having second thoughts.

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On my TBS I did it once and now hope to not ride through heavy dust etc. The PDO had cut, glued and made a mess of the original one so I had to change it.... never again!!!


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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 05:33 PM
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When I tore my Trophy all apart to do the air filter the original was disintegrated. Replaced it with a K&N. I took a super thin blade and cut the back air box half down the middle so I could just unscrew the screws that hold it together and remove each half without taking anything else off.
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The Triumph Engineers were so proud of the airbox they designed an entire motorcycle around it!
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There's a misconception that we change to pods for performance or looks...its to avoid the airbox. LOL
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 08:10 PM
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T300 series airbox removal and reinstallation is one of those jobs that gets easier and easier the more often you do it until eventually you get 'the knack'. Then you become one of those annoying smart arzes that declares smugly, 'no problem - 2 min job'.

So, what's your problem - it's a 2min job.
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I have to agree, it's not that big of a deal after you've done it a few times.
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There's a misconception that we change to pods for performance or looks...its to avoid the airbox. LOL
ROFL. Basically the primary reason I went to pods lol. .. and to turn the secondary airbox like a glove box haha
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There's a misconception that we change to pods for performance or looks...its to avoid the airbox. LOL
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There's a misconception that we change to pods for performance or looks...its to avoid the airbox. LOL
ROFL. Basically the primary reason I went to pods lol. .. and to turn the secondary airbox like a glove box haha
If I change to pods do I need to adjust carbs?

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