No benefit? It now sucks in cold air directly to the box instead of sucking hot air through the restrictive snorkel. It does make a difference that you can notice when riding. I have checked the air filter twice since doing it and if anything it seems to help since instead of only getting the one small section of the air filter near the snorkel dirty, the entire filter is getting used. As far as I can tell those are all benefits.
Uhhh.... that mod does not amount to a fart in a windstorm.
Cut a three inch diameter hole in the front cover, and that might help. That will not compromise the filter. better yet cut a design on the front cover and put an LED in there.
The restrictive snorkle you refer to looks to be about three one inch square holes in the top back of the filter housing, hardly restrictive. I doubt your holes do anything at all.
I have the S&S air cleaner installed, and you can hear the difference!
Nice job though, on the rear fender #86.
Must be one hell of a fart because it does make a difference in throttle response. I can feel it on acceleration and I can feel the air being sucked in with my hand an inch away from the holes. Maybe it's not as effective as the S&S air cleaner but it is far more affordable.
Ok Dude. I took the cover off when I drilled it and a couple times since then to check the filter to make sure it wasn't getting too dirty and believe it or not it makes a difference! No matter how many times you insist it doesn't it does. I was going to take a picture since the concept is obviously not as easy to grasp as I assumed it was but the battery in my camera is dead. I will try and post a picture tomorrow so you can further analyze it.
Ok Mr. maker of springs. Here are some pictures that quite clearly show how the modification does indeed allow more air to get to the air cleaner. In this rather simple demonstration the welding rods represent "air". As can be seen the "air" goes directly to the "filter". Even without pissing away however much you spent on your S&S air cleaner I was able to get more air to the engine. Thank goodness you jedi mind tricks didn't work on me.
This is a concept that is not only for motorcycles, but also in cars. This concept is similar to Ram Air, but he drilled the holes in the back, which will still suck air in, but it is not forced in. I did this on my 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 but in the front of the air box and the difference in power is noticeable. I drilled a 5/8” hole and covered it with a screen patch embedded into silicone in order to keep debris out. After taking this picture, I did do a second hole below it using the same process.