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When riding on hot days, I get a lot of engine heat blowing on my legs and even makes the seat hot. After a while this gets pretty uncomfortable. I have tried adjusting the air flow on the hard lowers but doesn't seem to help much. I hate to close the vents and not have that air cooling the engine. Anybody else experience this on the XCT? Does anyone know if there are engine heat shields available on the market? Thoughts?

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Very few choices.

Take hard lowers off
Ship skin or wood beeds on seat
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Wrap exhaust does little good but works mentally

Your sitting on a oven no way to get away from the heat. Heat is a part of riding kind like having wind buffeting you just have to find your way to deal with it we all do.
This is a motorcycle in the air and heat your not in your cage

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Best I've found is with the lowers opened about an inch.
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How much are you adjusting the lowers? I've read that if you open them too much it's not effective. It's said to open them about an inch or so and try that first, then gradually increase that until you get the best effect.

I've also read about folks removing the CATs which reduces the heat effect.

To be honest, I haven't done either myself yet as we haven't had any hot weather yet
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These are the steps I've taken on my XCT (picked in March, 2012), to stay a bit cooler:

- Lowers adjustment. Max open seems to cause the in-coming air to be directed first near the engine -- where it gets an extra dose of heat -- and then onto your legs. Best -- for me, for the right side -- is open less than max, such that the inner lip (the part that's about an inch wide) is parallel to the bike. This seems to have the air come at you without first bouncing off the engine. The left side is slightly different (less heat over there); for me, I can open the left a bit more.

- Winglets open for max air to torso, i.e., such that the edges are about parallel to the bike.

- Feet/legs more to the outside and up front on the boards, i.e., as far from the engine as possible.

- Added (last year) BBob's heat shields: http://azleather.webs.com/apps/webst...s/show/3285387 . They help.

- Add Pro Pad Air Pad (large) last year: https://thepropad.com/air-series-seat-pads/ . Comfy, but didn't help with air flow.

- Ditched Pro Pad and added BeadRider 10x14" beads a few weeks ago: http://www.beadrider.com/ . I had these on two prior bikes, but couldn't (until recently) figure out the proper size for an XCT. Help a lot (unless your butt doesn't have enough padding).

- Had KlockWerks Flare installed by dealer at time of delivery. Very good for my height (5'9"). Recently replaced that with Madstad 11" system; similar for my height. If you're still using the XCT's stock barn door windshield, get something that you can look over, not through; the stocker is huge impediment to air flow (which is fine in the winter, I suppose).

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Best I've found is with the lowers opened about an inch.
Or, you could trade it on a Camry.

I sometimes wonder what folks expect on some things. Oh and bend your legs. Don't have them streched as far as you can draping them across the rear jug and close to pipes.

Good luck.

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When riding on hot days, I get a lot of engine heat blowing on my legs and even makes the seat hot. After a while this gets pretty uncomfortable. I have tried adjusting the air flow on the hard lowers but doesn't seem to help much. I hate to close the vents and not have that air cooling the engine. Anybody else experience this on the XCT? Does anyone know if there are engine heat shields available on the market? Thoughts?
So when i posted this question a while back I got the usual gambit of smart a$$ responses from what did you expect to suck it up.

What I did on my 2013 XCT.
1. Removed the two catalytic converters. Right is under the passenger foot peg left is in the cross pipe next to the oil filter.
2. Wrapped the cross pipe and areas under the passenger foot boards.
3. I previously installed a Cobra Power Pro tuner, bike ran much smoother after, not sure if this is required. definatly unplug the O2 sensors and run open loop.

The before and after, before the seat was as hot as chestnut roasting on an open fire. After it is warm but not uncomfortable.

You will get heat from the two 53 Cubic inch juggs between your legs but nothing like the heat off the Cats. Cats begin working at around 400 degrees F and if over fueled theey can get damn hot 2000 degree+. Search on glowing exhaust pipes.... that is the EPA at work for you.

End result. Maryland is pertty uncomforable during the summer months, My lowers as still installed, I open the vents when it get above 80 degrees, and my seat get a bit warm now. Good news the chestnuts no longer roast.

Pros, well I just went over them.

Cons, no longer EPA compliant (like anyone cares) and withthe stock air filter you might loose a couple of HP and Torques. It will not be enough for you to notice via the sseat of your pants.
Once the Cats are removed, they are removed.

I have this mod on my ride and now have 10,500+ miles on it siunce Jan, about 6000 of those are with the cats out.

As with any forum there are good and bad, 80% of what you might read is opinion and suposition. 20% is actual fact.

I ride mine almost every day hot cold clear not so clear, I also demand that it last a long time so my mods are for longevity not so much for style.

Do your research look up catalytic converters on google. Be informed.

Cheers

Hope this helped.

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PS, the K&P filter is a great addition to lower temps too. see you have one in your sig.

Good Luck, PM if you would like to know more.

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So when i posted this question a while back I got the usual gambit of smart a$$ responses from what did you expect to suck it up.

What I did on my 2013 XCT.
1. Removed the two catalytic converters. Right is under the passenger foot peg left is in the cross pipe next to the oil filter.
2. Wrapped the cross pipe and areas under the passenger foot boards.
3. I previously installed a Cobra Power Pro tuner, bike ran much smoother after, not sure if this is required. definatly unplug the O2 sensors and run open loop.

The before and after, before the seat was as hot as chestnut roasting on an open fire. After it is warm but not uncomfortable.

You will get heat from the two 53 Cubic inch juggs between your legs but nothing like the heat off the Cats. Cats begin working at around 400 degrees F and if over fueled theey can get damn hot 2000 degree+. Search on glowing exhaust pipes.... that is the EPA at work for you.

End result. Maryland is pertty uncomforable during the summer months, My lowers as still installed, I open the vents when it get above 80 degrees, and my seat get a bit warm now. Good news the chestnuts no longer roast.

Pros, well I just went over them.

Cons, no longer EPA compliant (like anyone cares) and withthe stock air filter you might loose a couple of HP and Torques. It will not be enough for you to notice via the sseat of your pants.
Once the Cats are removed, they are removed.

I have this mod on my ride and now have 10,500+ miles on it siunce Jan, about 6000 of those are with the cats out.

As with any forum there are good and bad, 80% of what you might read is opinion and suposition. 20% is actual fact.

I ride mine almost every day hot cold clear not so clear, I also demand that it last a long time so my mods are for longevity not so much for style.

Do your research look up catalytic converters on google. Be informed.

Cheers

Hope this helped.
Thinking of removing my Catalytic. What was the process, did it increasing popping and backfires or reduce them?

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Thinking of removing my Catalytic. What was the process, did it increasing popping and backfires or reduce them?
Pulling the cats didn't affect the popping one way or another. It did reduce the balst of high furnace heating under me butt.

I need to get some new exhaust gaskets to kill the popping on my rig.

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