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I am brand new to this site. I already see that I am going to love it!
I have several questions and hopefuilly all the experts on this site can help out. I have a 2004 Honda 450ES with 27" Interco Swamp Lites and a K&N air filter. I am just getting started with my bike. I want to make it a tough machine. Please help

1)What can I do to better my performance? Carb kit, exhaust, etc.? Any details
2) What is the best way to lift a bike. I put a 2" lift kit on front and back, until the mechanic said my CV joints were going bad! So I took it off of the front and left it on the back. I have seen high lifter mentioned. What is your alls thoughts?

3) When you put a snorkel kit on, do you also have to snorkel the exhaust?

4) What all do you need to put a 3000# Warn Winch on?

I look forward to your comments and suggestions!
 

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I am brand new to this site. I already see that I am going to love it!
I have several questions and hopefuilly all the experts on this site can help out. I have a 2004 Honda 450ES with 27" Interco Swamp Lites and a K&N air filter. I am just getting started with my bike. I want to make it a tough machine. Please help

1)What can I do to better my performance? Carb kit, exhaust, etc.? Any details
2) What is the best way to lift a bike. I put a 2" lift kit on front and back, until the mechanic said my CV joints were going bad! So I took it off of the front and left it on the back. I have seen high lifter mentioned. What is your alls thoughts?

3) When you put a snorkel kit on, do you also have to snorkel the exhaust?

4) What all do you need to put a 3000# Warn Winch on?

I look forward to your comments and suggestions!
1) Buy a HMF exhaust, with at a performance filter like a UNI or K&N, you will also need to rejet.
2) CV joints are gonna wear quicker anytime you move the suspension from stock, the higher the lift the more the wear. Alot of guys just run 1 inch for this reason. Highlifter makes a good lift from what I hear, I am planning on buying one for my ride here shortly.
3) I snorkeled my bike but not the exhaust. You can if you want, it just adds a little extra insurance if you kill the engine while in water. Then again if you snorkel your intake, that should not happen. Snorkeling will help you get alittle extra horsepower. I would snorkel then get my exhaust and rejet at that time. I did not have to rejet, but some people say they have needed to.
4)The easiest way is to get a model specific mounting plate for the winch. I welded one for my bike, but for $40 I should have just got one of ebay! Don't buy a Warn if you don't already have it. Get a Gorilla 3000 off ebay, about half the cost and works great, plus they have the model specific mounting plates.
 

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Thanks for the info #487 fan!

I bought one of those Gorilla winches. I am not to sure about them, but I figured I don't use a winch very often, so even if it went out, I could buy another one and still not be anywhere near the price of a Warn.

I will be getting the HMF exhaust as well. I have seen alot of other posts recommending it. I already have a K&N air filter on my bike. Do you recommend a snorkel kit?
 

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#48FAN pretty much said it all. if you ride deep i recomend a snorkel, you may think that you will be ok but you will find a hole that will be too deep, insted of buying them you can make them for alot less money. if you needed help on that im sure someone could help you on that. HMF pipes are nice pipes, they are popular and sound good. 99% of the time whenever you get a exhaust and air filter you will have to rejet. your bike will still run but might not run right and may damage your bike. some people run lifts and some dont, they will damage your cv's but they may last a long time. i had a custom 1.5" lift on my rubicon and i never had any problems and i ran it for about 2000 miles before i sold it and got a new bike. a 2" lift maxes out the cv's and that will wear them out faster than a 1.5 because the 1.5 does not max out the cv's. hope this helps.
-Aaron
 
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