Thanks to all for the feedback. Would it be a fair statement that the Lloydz air filter is preferred over the Ness & Vic air intakes?
Yes. It allows much more air to flow into the intake.
I understand the Lloydz air intake requires the removing of the foam noise reducing strip and a plastic piece. Is this something any confident dealer service mechanic should be aware of and can handle?
It comes with instructions and is EXTREMELY easy. Anyone can do it.
In addition would this removal of the noise reducing strip make an already noisy engine even noisier? LOL! Now, at over 13K the engine noise levels have greatly reduced. But she's still a noisy engine. Which is the number one reason for the need of louder pipes.
It will be another type of noise. Most people never really hear it or they get used to it.
In addition I didn't intend on adding the Power Commander V Auto tuner. Nor was I considering have the bike dyno tuned. Will it be ok to run it with just the drop in upgrades?
You can contact Rylan at The Vic Shop aka Vicbuilder on the forum for a generic map. Keep in mind it will be very conservative. If you are looking for a cheaper easier to tune tuner perhaps you could look into the VFC 3. It is a standard dobeck style tuner, easy to tune, but with limitations. Once again, anyone can tune it. When in doubt call one of the Vic tuners and ask what the recommend for your setup. Before deciding on the VFC 3 or PCV you need to ask yourself how modified you are planning on making you bike. You you are thinking cams or big bore than get the PCV. If you are just thinking pipe and intake you can save some cash by getting the VFC 3.
Yes, with just pipes and intake you can ride it without a tune. However, it will be off on AFR and could be running lean as a result.
1. Ness Big Honker Pipes
2. Power Commander V
3. Lloydz Air Intake
4. What the benefit does the Lloydz timing wheel add?
The timing wheel will be the biggest bang for the buck of all the upgrades you are considering. it will either advance or retard ignition timing. They come set to 4 degrees advance from Lloyd, however some Cross bike riders have pushed theirs to 7 degrees advance with no issues and lots more performance. It will give you much better throttle response and better performance on the low end of the tq curve. If you do any of these mods, this is the one that I think you would like the most.
The tuner VJ is referring to is the VFC 4. It will not be as good as the PCV. It does not have the same tuning capabilities. It does however come with a AFR gauge for real time tuning ability, something the VFC lacks.
This is the VFC 4 before being rebranded: http://www.techlusion.com/GEN4/Gen4technology.asp
If you know anything at all about he PCV, you will realize this has nowhere near the same tuning capabilities. However, the AFR gauge make simple tuning even more simple.
I hope this helped.