RSD Turbine Black Ops air cleaner
intro by Tyler Greenblatt
photos and captions by Tricia Szulewski
The Motor Company gets a lot right. But it has more than a few limitations placed on it by various governmental bodies. One of the most detrimental (and easiest to fix) areas affected by regulation is your Harley’s air cleaner. As part of our Roland Sands Design (RSD) bolt-on performance upgrade project, we’ll be installing the Turbine Black Ops air cleaner (#1010-0964/$429.95) onto our 2011 Sportster Forty-Eight.
Like the Slant 2-into-1 exhaust system we install next (page 74), the Turbine is all about flowing air as efficiently as possible and looking great while doing it. RSD’s unique two-tone Black Ops finish mates up perfectly with the blacked-out Forty-Eight’s powertrain and general sinister attitude. But more power and a more efficient engine are what’s important here. The Turbine carries a K&N air filter within its jet engine-shaped body for the ultimate in air filtration technology. RSD includes a new, smoother-flowing backing plate with its air cleaner kits as well as hidden, internal crankcase breathers. Even though we went with the Black Ops finish on our Forty-Eight, the Turbine is available in a variety of finishes for Sportsters and Big Twins.
Glen Helsley at Woodstock Harley-Davidson in Kingston, New York, handled this project for us. We find ourselves doing performance and custom work at Woodstock H-D quite a bit and have always been impressed with the quality of work found there. To see the complete gains and the installation of the final piece, a Power Commander with Auto Tune, turn to page 84.
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