Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Vacaville, California, USA
FCRs... So close, yet so far away....
Before I completely destroy my 900 SS/FE, I thought I'd try the crowd again. Y'all helped me with the charcoal canister recently, and the other articles have been hugely helpful.
Got the FCRs in the 41 size. Pretty cool stuff. Instructions that came with the kit are only for pro users if at all. Junk, really. It's here at .ms that I learned how to get as far as I have. Anyway, got the old carbs out. Installed the new throttle. Routed the lines. Modified the airbox. Connected the fuel and vent hose. Connected and adjusted the throttle cables. Installed the FCRs after adding both adapters to each carb. Went for a meditative walk to contemplate how much support crap gets dumped by removing the stock carbs. Looks nice and clean. Ready to install the air box.
Then... HOLY FUCKING HELL. Give me a break. Attached are pictures of the end state... and by end state, I mean, I stopped before destroying my bike. I'll get back to it once I've heard from the group. I was warned by every string that the air box was a twat to get back in. Some even went as far as to suggest connecting the air box to the new carbs before installing. I tried EVERYTHING... once I noticed a fine sheen of blood on the edges of the new carbs, and noticed the glove had lacerated along with my finger, I tried a new approach.
I actually pulled the rubber boots out of the inside of the air box just to get an idea of how small the diameter was in relation to the outer edge of the carbs... Let me tell you something. The circumference is so much larger than the rubber air box boots that the actual clamps are too small when fully extended (you'll notice in the photos that the clamps are high and not in place... and dialed ALL the way out). And yes... I checked carefully before even starting to ensure I got the right box of stuff. This IS for (among other models) the 98 900 SS/FE.
Here's for the group... if you've read this far.... Should I just buy larger clamps for the rubber boot... clamp it in place, put the air box over the top (easier to manipulate those back into the air box as I just need to squish them and manipulate them into place), or should I stop and admit defeat, and reach out to Motowheels and buy the individual filters?
I literally just bought a K&N filter. This kit came with another brand new one.... at $60 to $80 a pop, I'm wasting money now. If it's safe to just buy the bigger clamps and clamp these boots in place, and call it a day, I'm game. I just don't want to fuck something up.
Thanks in advance... See photos of what I'm talking about.
Oh, and one photo to show some success so you see there're no hard feelings. It looks good and I can't wait to give it a whirl.
Scott, Vacaville, CA
Last edited by jbirdsaway2; Aug 20th, 2019 at 9:34 pm.
Reason: Add photo and some text.