I have heard tales about Indys overheating on warm days. Owners feel their sled slowing down almost as if they had sticky hyfax. It generally isn’t a huge issue with stock hoods with lots of cooling slots but it’s a problem with my RXL hoods, primarily because the original RXLs had few cooling slots-just a big radiator up front.

There are several curative remedies. One is cutting cooling holes in the back of the hood as John Curtis (NY) has done here to allow cabin heat to escape rearward.

rxl overheating hood slots

Two is to cut holes in the back of the air box so cool air goes directly into the carbs. If you do this, use inserts with a screen to keep the cattails out of the engine. One source for these is Lonn Peterson. Thunder Products. 21676 Deep Lake Rd, Richmond, MN 56368320-597-2700. Thunder Products.com. He has a bunch of other inexpensive performance products too. 76 Deep Lake Road.

rxl overheating airbox ports

Below is another idea by Jason Strahan from northern Minnesota. He found four vents and circle sawed them into the dash in a tasteful way. eBay has the vents--search under Yamaha, Kitty Kat, early Panther and Puma or try www.hannarv.com. These tricks can be used for liquid cooled engines as well if bogging occurs.

rxl dash vents

Here’s a third way just in. Tom Osier from Colo, Iowa, came up with this smashing idea to introduce a bunch of fresh air to the engine area. He chopped a hole under the upper lip of the nose-(note mesh screen). Incoming air comes into the nose cavity and normally is trapped. With Tom’s idea, that air will flood inside. The great thing about the tom-hole is that is hidden from the eye of a casual standing person. Hurray Tom

rxl overheating hood nose vent

A fourth way is to coat your pipes with Swain Tech’s White Lightning. It’s a permanent ceramic thermal barrier coating .015” +/- thick. It controls radiated heat (power) by up to 50%. Coated exhausts drop radiant temperatures by 30-50%. (In the case of an Indy with an RXL hood, the temp drops by a hundred of degrees-which is huge). It contains heat inside the exhausts to make more power by increasing exhaust velocity and improve scavenging. The power gain isn’t huge but racing with your friends will prove out the increase. www.swaintech.com. 585-889-2790. Scottsville, NY 14546

rxl overheating pipe wrap

Rod Quinney came up with a fantastic idea for cooling the Indy cabin. He employed SLP vents from an IQ Polaris. He bent them to configure with the rear side of the shock cavities in the pan. He traced the pattern on the pan and cut corresponding holes. The location is ideal. In most cases the intake is high enough not to introduce unwanted snow. Deep powder may be a problem but it’s worth the try. Tell your Indy friends about Rod’s idea.

rxl cooling vents 1

SLP Footwell Vents for 2007-11 Polaris RMK Raw Chassis
P/N 32-552S
$19.95

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