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Intersting Read on Pod Kits   Technical-Bikes

Started 9/14/21 by 4Strokes; 4592 views.
steve (HERRICK123)

From: steve (HERRICK123)


Mick, when I installed the pod kit I took the carbs apart from each other. Are there any o rings  between them that can cause a vacuum leak, 

 Mick, what does that diagram do? the small one on the sides. Can that cause a low-end problem?

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

I'm not sure on those.....


From: Texpatriat


It's remotely possible that your TPS got altered or disconnected while all this was going on. I think overly advanced timing would make more of a difference at low RPM. No harm in checking.

steve (HERRICK123)

From: steve (HERRICK123)


Tested it open and closed tested good 4 weeks ago will do carbs one more time tomorrow. will check again will also check if the pins got pushed back. It acts like timing when if jerks and bucks, and miss or slides don't open. slides feel good when moving them with a finger.

2005 1100  v star  72,000 miles

pod kit

145 mains jets

two washers under the needle

17.5 pilots jets

2.5 turns PMS

stock bike exhaust

k&n 600 air filters 

just want it to run as good as a stock bike,. 

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

I'd be using 147.5 mains....


From: Fireteacher


Besides the many “seat of the pants” impressions that many have believing this mod increases performance, is there any documented evidence showing the improvement, i. e. dyno runs or the like?

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

LOL....... it wouldn't be written in the Knowledge Base if it wasn't documented. We've seen several hundred dyno runs at least since about 2001 and thousands have done the modification....and I've never seen anyone that know what they were doing  go back to stock because it didn't work.

No "impressions".....just uncorking some HP. No smoke and mirrors either. If you know a little bit about Yamaha motorcycles, you know the Virago has the exact same engine as the V Star  1100. The Virago was rated stock at 62 HP.....the V Star stock at 52 HP. Change the convoluted stock intake and add a good full exhaust system, you can reclaim all that HP...plus some. Pretty simple. Best change I ever did to the 1100.


From: gradie55


my setup, on my 03 1100 that produced 76 hp and 68 lbs of torque, and AFR os 13.5, with Boss 429 cams,... was 157.5 mains, 17.5 pilots, 1 shims on pro needles, close to11/2 turns on the PMS screws Tims thumbscrews..  and 10hrs on the dyno tuning the carbs to produce the 76 hp... the first run was 67hp.. and an AFR of 11 something. So pulled the carbs and removed the pilot which was 20.0 .. reinstall ... now a second run, which was better but not right .. remove and remove the 160.0 mains.. and reinstall with 157.5 .. mains... much better readings .. but still running rich .. remove and pull the one shim on each needle .. and were getting closer if my memory is right 74 hp on that run but the AFR wasn't right.. some tweaking with the screws finally reached the 76 hp 68 lbs torque.. and a AFR of 13.5 ..  this was all done on the dyno with a hot hot engine ... and a total of 7 removals and reinstalls ..

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

I remember that Ron! 76 HP is nothing to sneeze at. One of the best running 1100's I've seen.

As the story goes....pods and exhaust will get you 10+ HP.....cams and Dyna another 10+ HP. Like you know, it really wakes these bikes up!

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

One other thing I just thought of. If you've had the PMS out, or changed them......make sure you don't have an extra O ring stuck up inside the opening. I've seen that happen numerous times.