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.
Hope this helped.