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Offline Adam

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2003 Side Vents
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:25:39 am »
I just bought a new to me 2003 Connie. The bike is missing the side vents that let air get to your legs. I was wondering where I can get some replacements. It has been 95 plus degrees around here this week and my legs get pretty toasty when riding.
Thanks, Adam.

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Re: 2003 Side Vents
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 08:49:35 am »
For the OE scoops, eBay, the For Sale forums here and on the ZG/GTR Fanatics sites.

BakerBuilt makes adjustable "Air Wings" for the foot scoop area and about mid way up the side.  I like 'em, but folks make their own too.  I've toyed with the idea of getting the lowers too so I can turn them in or out without messing with screws.  I also have adjusted the uppers to push rain, crickets, etc away from my knees.

There are lots of ideas for reducing heat on the legs.  Here's a quick list of what I remember off the top of my head.  Use the search to find threads on 'em.
- wear pants that block the air
- going naked (the bike, not you)
- 'curtains' which block the hot air coming from inside the fairing.  I forget who, but one of the folks here makes a plastic version.  I've seen others made from cut up truck inner tubes.
- relocate the coolant overflow bottle to get more air through the fairing
- coolant mixes to lower temps so the fan doesn't blow the hot air back at you as quickly (see SiSF coolant cocktail)
- exhaust system mods to reduce heat off the pipes
- change the fan to blow out instead of in
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Re: 2003 Side Vents
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 09:18:00 pm »
This is what I've found so far. Having the side vents (scoops, deflectors) removed is actually cooler. Initially that was just my subjective opinion but COGer RWulf taped thermometers to his boots to obtain actual data. Discussion here:

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,36053.msg194804.html#msg194804

I've recently installed Brian's heat shields and these helped quite a bit.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2012, 12:14:22 am by xjdaver »
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Re: 2003 Side Vents
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 09:44:21 pm »
+1 for XJ remove the lowers to get cooler yet.
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Re: 2003 Side Vents
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 04:14:34 pm »
Adam, I took mine off and replaced them with Baker Air Wings.
If you still want the original deflectors, drop me a PM or email.
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Re: 2003 Side Vents
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 12:33:11 am »
xjdaver. Don't you think a guy with thermometers taped to his toes is kind of weird?