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Airbox mod and pipe

Do it. Simple as that.

I loved the Versys bone stock. But with a slip on jardine and the removal of the airbox tubes and a clean air filter. Holy cow! The bike now pulls effortlessly from 4k RPM when before it would lug its way to 5k. The power is smoother from 5k-8k with a noticeable 3-5 HP butt dyno gain.

If you have been having any doubts this should make then go away. I just got back from an 1100 mile two and a half day ride. 1000 of which miles were pure twisty mountain bliss. My friend couldn't pry me off the saddle for anything but gas and a quick bite to eat.

This is with the stock ecu... After doing a ton of research the Versys and er6 both run off the chart rich/lean all over the place stock. With the airbox tubes and simple slip on installed the air to fuel ratio is much much better even with the stock map.

Do your self a favor. Get a flat head screw driver and try those rubber tubes out of the airbox!
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I'm having trouble picturing what you mean. Any photos or a detailed description of the procedure?
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He means the airbox inlet snorkels... It's very loud without them. So is the Jardine exhaust.
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I noticed no more intake noise after the removal.
The jardine exhaust has an additional baffle out of a ducati monster in the can. It's actually not loud at all!

My sv650 with the snokle taken out is facking loud!
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I had replaced my stock airbox snorkels for larger ones. It was louder and top end power was slightly improved... I went back to stock and quieter, with better low-end response.
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Took the tubes off and took her for a ride, the noise wasn't worth the slight gain I felt on the upper end, put em back on.
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I think the big thing is, without having a pipe installed more air won't do much in the power department.

Having an exhaust that breaths better paired with the removal of the intake snorkels makes a huge difference.

The extra umph is worth the slight increase in noise I think. I am interested in seeing if the gas mileage goes up or down with these mods as well!
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I'm willing to bet your mileage will go down as you'll probably be more inclined to wick the throttle.

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I'm willing to bet your mileage will go down as you'll probably be more inclined to wick the throttle.
Nah ...

You think so ?






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my mileage did went down abit after i had the throttle cables lubed.

And noise? What noise? *stuffing earplugs in ear*

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After an entire tankafter the first tank of gas. Mileage has stayed the same thus far. About 47mpg on the dot as usual.

Will keep an eye on it. Fuelly is such a cool service.


But the bike feels more "open" revs way easier, feels less constricted throughout the rpm range. Easily increases the ride funzies by 1.5x from stock.

That is my scientific description.
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About 47mpg on the dot as usual.

Easily increases the ride funzies by 1.5x from stock.

That is my scientific description.
As long as you are enjoying it, then WTF!!!

PS, 47mpg!?!?!?....You must have an "enthusiastic" throttle hand!!!
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As long as you are enjoying it, then WTF!!!

PS, 47mpg!?!?!?....You must have an "enthusiastic" throttle hand!!!
One could say that... I averaged 47 on my last trip of close to 1000 miles of twisties. Not too shaby I'd say, I didn't ride slow...

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Just logged another 1,000 miles on the Versys with full touring set up (top case and hard bags) Every fill up was logged in with Fuelly.

The pipe and air box mod have only resulted in 1-2mpg worse than stock I'd say. Way more fun though! The bike feels like it wants to be flogged. When stock it wasn't all too happy to be above 5k rpm. The mpg dropping is probably due to my lack of self control and 3/4-WOT on corner exits.

Take a gander. Tried to add notes at every stop as well.
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The Jardine is a bit loud on the freeway. Even with the bd "killer" installed. I plan on modding and extending it a bit this week. The added power and touque is great, but after a few hours on the highway the headache isn't welcome.
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