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And when I was putting things back together...



</p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub56.ezboard.com/bkawasakizx12r.showLocalUserPublicProfile?login=blitzkrieg>blitzkrieg</A> at: 1/4/02 8:29:17 pm
 
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Fine lookin bike Blitz...thought you were a Muzzy guy? Or am I smokin?

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Damn shame it's red. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">



Could be worse.....could be green.



I gotta admit though, like that header wrap! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smokin.gif ALT=":smokin">

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I'm embarassed by your ponies, blitz...one day, an Akro for me!



(took these 5 mins ago)

















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Ahh yes...I think your right, it was the big bore kit I was thinking of.



Hey I have a really important question for you & need your input. I just ordered my Akro system...I asked Doug @ Spencer if I need to / should wrap my header also. He said - not needed. So...my question is, does your bike run cooler w/the header wrap by not throwing as much heat at the radiator? Or does the header wrap keep other parts safe from excess heat?



I know in cars they suggest to wrap headers to keep engine compartment temps down...same concept here?

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The header wrap was unheated in that photo. It's tightened up real nice after a couple hundred miles.



Word to the wise. You wanna take the 12 to the next step, wrap the header. My ram air temps went down about 20 degrees.



It's all in the details, gentlemen.....

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Blitz, you don't have stainless steel break lines either? That's my next add-on. Then the springs in front, possibly Ohlins in the back. I wanna concentrate on the handling before I work on power.

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Does the Akro require aluminum fan blades, or is it just the Muzzy? The combo deal at Spencer had an aluminum fan only for the Muzzy, not Akro....???

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Zexxer...talk to Doug, I already have K&N's so he sub'd the aluminum fan for the filters (less a little money also). He was very cool about it!



Blitz, I'm leaning towards wrapping the header. I fucked up a few weeks ago & let my bike warm up / idle for about 10-15 minutes (it was 20 degrees that night). I went inside to piss & get my helpmet...to make a long story short, it got hot...the temp guage was screeming at me. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/mad.gif ALT=">:"> <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/mad.gif ALT=">:">



Anyway, wrapping should give more performance as you said from lower intake temps...plus I'm hoping it will help the bike run cooler. I'm not a big fan of how hot the damn thing runs!!



You have any good links where I can get some wrap? Thanks (once again!!) for your help!

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Yes.... I agree with Doug. Not needed. Read: Not Necessary.



Doug is giving the same advice I would. It's not necessary. Operative word "necessary".



Here is where I stand on this subject:



1) If you are spending the major bucks a pipe costs, spend the $60.00 or so to wrap the header. The whole front of the bike, including the ram air is going to stay much cooler.



Want proof? Go to any AMA circuit race and find me one bike that doesn't have the header wrapped.



2) The thermal efficiency/scavenging of the motor is improved to a point to make the cost comparable to other performance add-ons. See: www.thermotec.com/tt/flex.html , they explain it well.



3) Do my Kleen-Air removal procedure. No HP to speak of, but NO backfire either.



4) PCIIIR is your friend. Buy one. They're worth their weight in gold.



5) Akrapovic is my mind an excellent product. I am a stickler for perfection and the bends and welds on these pipes are nothing short of art.



Thats all I have to say about that.



- Blitz.

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Zexxer.... what kind of hugger is that on your bike? I need to get one, and am trying to see who makes the best looking one. So far I like the one you have. Can ya help me out????

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I probably would have gotten red if they were available when I got silver. If I had gotten red, then red would be the fastest color. BTW, wut wax do you use? I'm serious.

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Hey Blitz, That looks just my my green 12, only slower! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">

Nice bike though. I am curious why you didn't spray the wrap with the sealant they offer. I like it becasue it also hides the wrap as it is like black spray paint.

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BTW, wut wax do you use? I'm serious.



I put on 4 straight coats when I brought the bike home the first time. The bug guts come off easy now <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> . I use Meguiar's Gold Glass (good for brand new serfaces) and I touch up with Maguiar's Quick Detailer Mist & Wipe.



On other bikes, I used to use Honda Polish on eveything. Then I discovered the Quick Detailer. Great for the polished plastic, looks like a fresh wax job. Can't beat Honda Polish for dirty rims, though.



As for the hugger.... see the link on this site...

www.zx-12r.org/Motorcycle_info/Information%20Pages/I'm%20impressed%20-%20L_A_%20Busa's.htm

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Nice bike's!



Time to do those wheel's, 1 day project cost about $30.







</p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub56.ezboard.com/utenn12.showPublicProfile?language=EN>TENN12</A> at: 1/5/02 2:49:21 pm
 

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Very observant Speednuts..... I didn't spray the wrap because I'm going to Jet-Coat the header the next time I tear things down (and of course then I'll have to re-wrap it).



Thermo-Tec says the primary reason to spray it is 1) To extend the life and 2) To help keep moisture out.



Since I plan on Jet-Coating the header, I didn't want to take a chance on getting any junk on the header which might flaw the Jet-Coat finish.



WAX: I use Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Hi-Tech Yellow Wax. Pure Brazilian Carnuba and has great lasting power.....

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Yep. # 26. All their products are numbered.



I use the full line of Meguiars products. They have an excellent swirl remover, and I highly recommend their aluminum and stainless steel polish.



Good stuff, no doubt.

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