Looking at your useless pile of crap reminded me of the debate I had with a few peeps over the rubber seal
. Many people might be shocked that I still have mine in
.......I'll tell you why and how.
When I first got the XC and came here I read about how removing the strip would increase Hp by like a million % so I did it at the same time as I installed the Victory stage1 AF. A few weeks later I get caught in torrential
rain storm, one of those wicked "walls of water" that end the riding(This was the second time since owning the bike I got caught in a storm like this, the first was day I brought it home). After a few miles in the storm looking for safe harbor to stop my bike starts lurching and surging **f^&^ing great**.... I did manage to get stopped and the storm passed. Then bike is giving me trouble starting. I lifted the tank and yes it was wet under there and so is the air filter....While I wasted hours getting dried out I realized then what the strip was placed there for....
So to continue to have improved air flow but seal out water I clipped about 1" off each end of the rubber strip and reinstalled it and have not had any such issue since. This year when I changed over to the Lloydz AF, I modified the mounting bracket the strip is on to fit with the Lloydz's filter.
I know without a doubt that strip has a purpose to seal out water from the air intake, I'm not running with out it.
Does having the strip cost me a pony or two, probably....But I don't care, I'm not riding a race bike, I ride in the real world, where I'd never notice and I'd rather have the security of knowing the air intake is sealed to water.