No, I was apprehensive to eliminate the vent hose. That is why I pulled the existing hose back to the side opposite the air intake, and then I fed it back thru in a location more to the rear of the bike. With the new routing I actually had to cut the original hose and then connected it using the original spring clamp.
The only problem I had was due to the original hose being preformed for its original routing. There was one spot that wanted to kink after I rerouted the hose. I solved that by putting two small zip ties around the kink and sinched them up just enough to maintain the proper shape in that one spot which is hidden from view unless you know where to look. I've checked it a couple times and it is holding true so far. I saved the trimmed piece in case I decide to go back to stock. I can splice it back in place using the splice connector that came with the stiff hose in the kit.
Well, I finally got it fitted yesterday, and got out for a ride. I took your two bits of advice, and warmed the lugs that make the bolts that attach the filter to the throttle bodies ‘captured’ (no issue there), and also exchanged the 4 bolts on the rear side for hex heads - as you say, much easier to tighten up. I have no idea how you re-routed the original crankcase breather hose through to the new position - I tried every which way but loose (insert orangutan joke here) but couldn’t find a way through. Ended up using the super stiff hose K&N supplied, but all was well (pretty neat job, actually!).
It definitely makes a difference out on the road though. At idle, you can hear it sucking the air in. At part-throttle, it sounds like me getting every last bit out of a McDonalds strawberry milkshake, and when giving it the berries I’m afraid it’s going to suck in any roadside furniture I happen to be passing!! It’s quite noisy, yes, but I love it - almost makes the bike sound “tuned”. I went to overtake a car in 4th at one point, opened the throttle, and absolutely howled past it, and I never thought I’d say that about the SCR! I even swore to myself in my helmet! :laugh: Definitely smitten.
Last piece of the jigsaw is en route now too - just received notice that my Danmoto exhaust has reached customs in the U.K. Judging by some comments on the Bolt forum, any concerns I have about intake noise will literally be drowned out anyway!! :grin2:
Anyway, thanks for the advice Schu - the lunchbox done good! :wink2: