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  1. #1
    U.B's LoveChild
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    Hypercharger in the rain.

    Should a bike with a hypercharger ever ride in the rain? I know that certain auto air-intake system setups are a bad idea in wet conditions.

    I'd like to install a hypercharger, but I live in Seattle. It's not uncommon to be caught in the rain around here.
    Last edited by Quantumcat; 06-10-2009 at 05:35 AM.
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    M-J Lifetime Achievement Award
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    Shouldn't be too bad if you don't drive it thru a puddle. That's the danger with automotive CAI(cold air intakes). They sit low in the fender well and driving thru a puddle will enable them to inhale water.

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    U.B's LoveChild
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    Thanks JmalB. That's in synch with my understanding.

    I'll have to ponder this deeply. I've been caught or forced to ride in some doozy rainstorms here in the NW.
    Experience is the comb that Life gives you after you've lost your hair.

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    Ditch Magnet
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    Wow, you're like my brother from a different mother as I was going to post that question this morning!

    I was wondering about that too as I wasn't sure if they had a drain out throught the bottom or the back. I know the air has to travel upwards through the intake, but when you get on it hard you do have a fair amount of vacuum going on there.

    Definitely curious for some replies to this one!

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    Leg Humps The Snap On Tool Man
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    Most cold air intakes do not pose serous water risks to the motor. Some even have a check valve to prevent hydrolock. With a hyper charger your air air routing still has to go up over the motor which should help a little. Some vehicles are more prone to hydrolock than others. Super charged Mini cooper S modles would blow engines if pushed through deep enough puddles for example.

    Driving rain should not be to big of an issue. An a little water now and then is acually a good thing. An old mechanics trick is to slowly let about a straw full of water (a cap full of ATF works better but will make a hell of a smoke cloud) into a vacume line on a hot engine to steam clean carbon out.

    Also remember that thetrap door baffle opens under throttle. So if you suspect you are about to take a large splash just let of the throttle and you will suck in less water. Have any of the other local riders had a y problems with water? Try asking the local harley dealer if they see hydrolocked motors very often. NMc
    Profesional technition, auto, small engine and heavy diesel with five years paid experience and many more as a hobbyist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantumcat View Post
    Should a bike with a hypercharger ever ride in the rain? I know that certain auto air-intake system setups are a bad idea in wet conditions.

    I'd like to install a hypercharger, but I live in Seattle. It's not uncommon to be caught in the rain around here.
    Don't worry about it.

    Check the manufacturer's website. They used to have an article on there about riding in the rain, or at least in their FAQ section, with their product.

    Hell....they even sell a sleeve to go over the filter for riding in inclement weather.

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    In The Zone
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    I have the hypercharger on my M50-dont even worry about it. I have had it on there for about 2 yrs now and have been in the rain several times, including about a 3 hr ride through a nice steady downpour (that was not fun by the way) and never had any problems what so ever-and I do not have the vacuum line hooked up so the butterflies are always open.

    So quit worrying about the rain and get the hypercharger already

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  9. #8
    U.B's LoveChild
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    Great input everyone. I appreciate the help.
    Experience is the comb that Life gives you after you've lost your hair.

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    Puddle Runner
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    black hypercharger

    Do they make the black hyercharger for M50...I think I saw it for Harley.

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    M-J Lifetime Achievement Award
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    Buy one and paint it black.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Handy
    Sometimes I think I'd be better off dead. No, wait, not me, you.
    Loud pipes and other myths.
    R.I.P. Gregory Brewer 01/31/51-07/01/12

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    Puddle Runner
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    Yes! I bought one and looks great especially on a black M!

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    M-J Lifetime Achievement Award
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    Ok. Fine. Make it easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Handy
    Sometimes I think I'd be better off dead. No, wait, not me, you.
    Loud pipes and other myths.
    R.I.P. Gregory Brewer 01/31/51-07/01/12

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    Ditch Magnet
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    hey guys

    how much hp difference do u think there would be between the hypercharger,or the tornado air kit ? any thoughts cant make my mind up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh74615 View Post
    how much hp difference do u think there would be between the hypercharger,or the tornado air kit ? any thoughts cant make my mind up!
    my "seat of the pants" gauge says at least another 50 hp!!

    realistic increase of around 3-6 hp increase i believe.


 

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