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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Airbox removal kit

Has anyone installed the BC airbox elimination kit on their t-bird? I have a storm, and looking to add this, along with a Power Commander and Hogslayers on my bike.

I spoke to British Customs and they seemed to recommend the aforementioned, but my local dealer service department did not recommend the airbox kit - said that it has not worked very well on the tbirds.

Anyone have any insight?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-04-2015, 11:23 PM
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Just did the airbox removal kit, power commander V, and hogslayers on my 2012 Storm w/ about 4200 miles on it. All went well, bike really flys now.

Instructions were well laid out and there's no real tricks. There was only one question I wrote them about and it was about the air pressure sensor in the old box and what to do with it. I recommend a motorcycle jack for sure. I can't imagine trying to get the tire off without it. Email BC for their PC V tune or I can send it to you. Loading it was the easiest part of the whole build.


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there's only so much you can get out of the air intake because of its location. many posts on this. look around. some may argue it isn't worth the money. there are less expensive options out there like the Thunderbike uni high flow air intake kit w/filter. the kit comes with a lower profile filter cover and high performance, washable filter. takes less than 5min to install. gives approx. 5 more horses. less than $100 for kit shipped. no remapping required. best bang for the buck.

others have simply removed the rubber seal on the stock unit and changed the stock filter to a KN filter. similar results.

if you want more performance, you'll need to do other things like an exhaust swap w/proper tune, and a cat bypass operation. (elbows or meerkat kit) All three combined will give you awesome results.

i have done all three. i now truly love the bike! sounds meaner and pulls harder.

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I called BC back in the day and got the part number for the K&N filter they are using for airbox eliminaton kit. Their kit beside being beautiful is way too expensive, additionally you have to locate two of the sensors you pull off the stock box which they do nothing with. Back to the part number, I bought the non-chrome cap version of the same filter. Made a stainless barrel for the mating of rubber plenum to the filter and actually installed the two sensors into the top of the K&N filter. The toughest part is modifying the stock airbox to allow the fitment of the new filter arrangement. I modified the stock box in place, used tin snips and unibit to basically remove the top half of the stock box and the blow by box portion on the bottom. Worked very well until I had a cam issue. Dealership will not work on warranty anything without the stock configuration. I now own a second stock airbox as well.
As for effect, you get a much louder intake pulse which augments the stock exhaust note well IMO, acceleration is changed as it feels less restricted. Running the short tors tune and later added a PCV. The filter was $50 US to my door then time to modify the box. If you do want to remove the stock box after modification, some twisting and it will come out through the seat hole in the frame.
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sounds like too much work, and too much money for little return. and like you mentioned earlier, a major mod to the air intake will void warranty. now you have a keep a spare kit around.

you're really better off with one of the thunderbike kits (less than $100 bucks) that swaps right in, and comes with a washable performance filter. done. can be swapped back and forth in under 2 minutes.
trust me, very similar results.

the BC kit is overpriced and overrated. not worth the hassle.

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I am not familiar with the thunderbike kit you mention. Is it a gauze filter like K&N or a foam filter?
BTW, I did not say anything about voiding warranty, I said the dealers will not work on the bike as a warranty problem unless the bike is in stock form. Huge difference.
As for money, I am sure some cone filters can be added to each throttle-body for a pittance. I went the way I did because I wanted to free a restriction, to hear the intake pulse, and it did not change the look of the bike. Seriously the sound is unique. Oh and on hot days when the bird is hot you occasionaly get a cough through the intake that gives a good tap to the jewels. I did not appreciate that sensation and it is no longer an issue. You combine this with the PCV and Autotune and it enables the next step, a custom 2 into 1 exhaust I am welding here in a bit among other possibilities.

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the thunderbike high flow air intake kit is a lower profile filter cover that replaces the stock one under your seat. the kit also comes with a foam type material, washable, high performance uni filter. the filter comes in a gauze like frame. I don't know much about their designs but the kit is supposed to allow better airflow into the engine. the stock unit has a very tall rubber gasket. Some have simply removed the entire gasket and kept the cover (thus allowing more air in) but that solution might allow water or other particles in as well.

http://www.thunderbike.co.nz/shopn/s...KE_1_TB6_11084

the BC air box eliminator kit follow a similar concept but requires a lot of work and costs significantly more money for similar results.

i also chose the thunderbike kit because it is a 30 sec swap and easily reversible. also much cheaper. hp gains are similar. again, because of the overall engine design of this bike, you can only do so much on the air intake side to gain additional horses.

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DRod, appreciate the pointer and breakdown.
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Just did the airbox removal kit, power commander V, and hogslayers on my 2012 Storm w/ about 4200 miles on it. All went well, bike really flys now.

Instructions were well laid out and there's no real tricks. There was only one question I wrote them about and it was about the air pressure sensor in the old box and what to do with it. I recommend a motorcycle jack for sure. I can't imagine trying to get the tire off without it. Email BC for their PC V tune or I can send it to you. Loading it was the easiest part of the whole build.


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Hey. I have a 2014 with pretty much the same set up...or at least its going to be. Im going to install the air box removal kit and the power commander. Overall would you recommend it. Also, does the commander come with a preset MAP configured for this exact setup? Im also running the Hogslayers decat'd. Getting a lot of popping even with a ecutune MAP. Hoping the Commander will alleviate that a bit.
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Hey. I have a 2014 with pretty much the same set up...or at least its going to be. Im going to install the air box removal kit and the power commander. Overall would you recommend it. Also, does the commander come with a preset MAP configured for this exact setup? Im also running the Hogslayers decat'd. Getting a lot of popping even with a ecutune MAP. Hoping the Commander will alleviate that a bit.
There was a lot of testing posted on these forums when I got my 2012 TBird 1700. The airbox kit is probably a waste but if you're determined to go through the trouble, go for it. The biggest intake restriction is the manifold ducting which is built into the seat and the snorkel which fits over the filter. Just take out the intake plumbing from under the seat and put in a K&N filter. No muss, no fuss. With the aftermaket exhaust and decat, you should be able to get near max power with a good custom PCV dyno tune.
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