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Are there any cheap or free mods that can be done to the fury to boost performance? Looking to see if items that I have changed in the car world transfer to the bike world. Any fluids out there like Royal Purple or changing out spark plugs, wires, etc... Anyway to modify stock air cleaner assembly? I know most of the big mods like exhaust, new intake system and FI programmer offer the best performance increase, but just bought the bike and dropping a grand on parts just isnt going to work right now.
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There are threads on punching out some of the baffling on the exhaust, and drilling out the aircleaner a little. the aircleaner i would look into carefully to try finding a cleaner way of doing it rather than what was used as an example, and when modding stock parts be careful to make sure your bike doesnt lean out too much (without the fuel controler your stuck within certain paramiters)
 

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Well, I agree with you but this thread was started asking about "low cost mods" which is why I said what I did. If you move on to the "money is no object" side of things, you can get a new computer that isn't limited to 100 mph and I'm sure someone will come out with a turbo kit soon to increase the accelleration... :D Realistically though, on the street, going fast is against the law. Therefore, the only benefit is if you're fast enough to get away from the police. However, you don't have to be faster than the police, you just have to be faster than the other guy you're riding with.... :D IMO any money spent on the fury ONLY to increase performance is a waste of money. You're still going to get smoked. If you want "performance" parts because they add a few ponies AND you like the look, GO FOR IT! In other words, I wouldn't choose one air filter over another because the manufacturer claims a higher increase in performance. I'd choose the one that I LIKED. Having the "fastest" fury is kinda like being the "thinnest" kid at fat camp....
hey no need to make fun of me. realisticly most people when it comes to building up their cars a little, its intake exhaust, programming, heads and some other simple things. even with those you dont double the HP of the car and rarely get an extra 50% of the hp. opening up the exhaust and intake can increase throttle response though which is where alot of people confuse hp rather than manipulating the acceleration curve. Fuel and air in/out faster = faster combustion rate = power more instantaniously. within certain reguards though. one of the web articles at motorcyclecycle-usa.com (writers last name is harley) did the hp engine rebuild(cams,pistons and i forget what else) and got like 10 hp but it was about a 1k kit. Ohh and Spark plug wires dont help out much, usually just helps with consistancy of spark delivered, and oils you can possibly get a slight difference due to less friction aslong as you stay within your climate and running style's capibilitys, but should try sticking close to Mfg's spec
 

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I wasn't making fun of you. Not at all. I just threw out "double horsepower" as a ridiculous example off the top of my head. I know we are all mod crazy power junkies... Myself definitely included. As I said before, I drilled out my baffles as well as many others did. However, I did it for sound, not performance. I was just saying that we need to remember what it is that we are modifying. If you wanna make it look cool, great. If you gain a few ponies in the process, even better! It just seems like a lot of people think they're gonna turn the fury into a fire breathing monster. If they do, that's awesome too, but people that are new to modifying bikes need to know that fire breathing monsters are not born from low cost mods. I'm sorry if I offended you, that wasn't my intention at all.
I was just kinda joking back with the skinniest kid at fat camp. i guess i didnt type it right for humor. ohh and you could add a flamethrower type exhaust setup to make this breath fire or just tune it right to shoot flames outa a set of straight or drag pipes
 

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Lol... CBFury know's all about that before he got his fuel controller with the straight pipes he's runnin... saw it first hand, blue flames out the back of that mug... pooof... lol, was kind of cool actually coming from a black bike...
I wish my bike had an afterburner for the a-hole that nearly rolled his suburban to avoid hitting me while i was stopped at a redlight, he hung up his cell phone and rolled his window up after i started saying some very kind words and complimenting him on his great driving abilities and perfect vision to see my bright blue and white jacket
 

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As previously mentioned, drilling out the baffles is a mod that can be done pretty much for free if you have the right drillbits. Just make sure you don't drill too big or it'll lean out and pop. Also, holes in the airbox seems to be a cheap mod. I'd be very hesitant to do both at the same time until I had a fuel controller just in case it leans out too much from the combination.

For looks, getting rid of the stickers and reflectors is free and was one of my first mods. If you can spend a little money on paint, a lot of people will agree that painting the side covers does a LOT for cleaning up the look. I have pics of mine in another thread around here somewhere. Do a search for painted side covers and you'll find it. Note: I have a blue fury which requires a base coat. Total cost for all of the paint I needed was around $100. It'll be less if you have a color that doesn't require the base. Here is a link to the site: Paint Search :: Color Results - ColorRite Leftover paint can be used for things like home made side mount license plate brackets and accenting future mods...

As far as cost of mods goes, my theory is that the aftermarket companies know that there isn't a whole lot of competition out there right now and they can pretty much get away with charging whatever they want... I know quality costs money... But cost does decrease with added competition. It's simple supply and demand. Look at the prices of ammunition at a sporting goods store right now...

Hope I've helped. Good luck and keep us updated.
It isnt that, its that motorcycles are kinda exclusive to size through certain area's (certain caribean islands have a 125cc limit) and there isnt a market niche like cars. Anyone planning on having their car for about 5 years should buy a K&N just because the long haul it will save you cash. Motorcycles figure the number of drivers and the number of people that own and ridebikes, then the number that mod them. then you take into account the design and production costs, perks of buying in bulk and it becomes more apparent why some parts are retardedly expensive, plus finishing the parts so they look cool rather than just being functional. Some of the stuff though i feel is rediculous for price on bikes (air ride/seats/ lights).
 

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Ok, I understand your point of view but I feel like air ride, custom hand made seats, etc are well worth the money... There is a lot of labor involved in these things.... But $100+ for mirrors? $200+ for a license plate bracket? That's where I've decided it's too much. I can buy a license plate bracket for my truck for less than $20. All it needs to do is hold a stupid plate. I think the aftermarket is taking advantage by only producing over designed stuff and charging a premium for it. I could go buy a semi to haul my bike in too... I'm trying to keep in mind that my ford ranger gets the same job done just fine... See what I'm sayin?
Dude air ride is cheap to assemble your own kit if you could get the bag on its own. some of it is taking advantage, plus regulatory monoplies too(buying a non dot approved light), China puts off parts that some are less than acceptable quality, causing a bad stigma for them and american companies get respect because for the most part (except custom chrome) everything is good quality. using a license plate mount as an example, they are using aluminum or steel that is chromed or powdercoated. Mount for your ranger is either steel or ABS plastic and offered only in black. then look at the # of rangers on the road compared to honda shaft drive motorcycles(that way since some could crossover the plate mount they use can be in demographic #'s). With the supply and demand, it ammounts at that point to some factory with machines (for your truck) that just need someone to supervise (no more skilled labor pay) compared to some redneck running a business which he makes a product with a drill press and a band saw.
 
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