Arlen Ness Smooth Stage 1 Big Sucker Air Cleaner Kit For Harley Sportster 1988-2017
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Arlen Ness Smooth Stage 1 Big Sucker Air Cleaner Kit For Harley Sportster 1988-2017 Videos

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Arlen Ness Stage 1 Smooth Big Sucker Air Cleaner Kit For Harley Sportster

Arlen Ness, the "King of Choppers", knows a thing or two about performance. The Big Sucker is the best-selling and most powerful air cleaner kit on the market - period. Simply, the Big Sucker is designed to give your engine maximum airflow for maximum performance. Testing shows that by simply installing a Big Sucker kit, horsepower gains of up to 21% are attainable.

Big Sucker kits feature patented, hidden breather backing plate technology - this means the breathers are incorporated into the air cleaner housing itself. Gone are unsightly external hoses and hardware, giving your bike a super-clean look. Each hidden breather has a sealing O-ring at the heads and exits at the carburetor or throttle body inlet to provide efficient internal engine pressure relief. 

The Standard air filter elements are made one at a time using the finest materials available. Standard filters are all pre-oiled, and feature four layers of surgical-grade cotton to promote airflow and filter air effectively.

The Synthetic Stainless Jacketed filter features a synthetic material that is water resistant and never needs to be oiled. Just wash and re-use. The mesh supporting the gauze is made of a rust-resistant stainless steel as opposed to standard carbon steel, and the synthetic filtration gauze is in black or dark grey, rather than the pink/red hue of the Standard Filter.

The filters are hand-poured one at a time in a urethane body, unlike many other filters that are spun, which can leave a residue on the filtration media.

All kits include a Big Sucker backing plate, high-flow filter, chrome banjo bolts, gasket, hardware, and simple instructions. Made in the USA.

Note: Air cleaner images are for reference only. All kits will include filter of your choice.

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4.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.9 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.6 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
4.9 / 5
This Product Fits:
Harley Davidson
Sportster Custom XL1200C 19962017
Sportster Custom XL883C 19982009
Sportster Deluxe XLH883DLX 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X 20102017
Sportster Hugger XLH883HUG 19882003
Sportster Iron XL883N 20092017
Sportster Low/SuperLow XL883L 20052017
Sportster Low XL1200L 19952011
Sportster Nightster XL1200N 20072012
Sportster Roadster XL1200CX 2016, 2017
Sportster Roadster XL1200R 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sportster Roadster XL883R 20022012
Sportster Seventy-Two XL1200V 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Sportster Sport XL1200S 19962003
Sportster SuperLow XL1200T 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Sportster XL883 20042009
Sportster XLH1100 1988
Sportster XLH1200 19882003
Sportster XLH883 19882003
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Standard Air Filter / Smooth Chrome Steel Cover 878033 18-324 In Stock: Ships next business day
Standard Air Filter / Textured Black Steel Cover 878345 18-329 In Stock: Ships next business day
Synthetic Stainless Jacketed Air Filter / Smooth Chrome Steel Cover 878367 50-334 In Stock: Ships next business day
Synthetic Stainless Jacketed Air Filter / Textured Black Steel Cover 878368 50-339 In Stock: Ships next business day
Standard Air Filter / Smooth Chrome Billet Cover 878222 18-833 Only 2 Left: Ships next business day
Synthetic Stainless Jacketed Air Filter / Smooth Chrome Billet Cover 1071660 50-853 Out of Stock

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4.8 / 5.0
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4.6 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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5 / 5
Best bang for the buck out there!!!
If you look at design, brand, quality, and cost, there is none better. Very simplistic and easy to install. Took less than 30 minutes. Combined with the Vance and Hines fuel pak and the Vance and Hines short shots, my 1200 sportster has been awakened!
June 14, 2016
Ride:
2011 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom XL1200C
Cheap bolt on horse power
I installed a stage one big sucker on my 2006 sportster 1200 custom along with Vance&Hines straight shot slip on mufflers and now have a noticeable difference in power. Easy to install. Very pleased with the power gain results. Thanks to Revzilla for the fast shipping and great price that I get every time I order from you guys.
June 4, 2015
Ride:
2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod VRSCA
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Get the stainless jacketed filter- Great looks
this aircleaner was easier to install than the previous hypercharger and got rid of those rubber hoses for the crankcase. This bolted right to the engine. One caution is when you tighten down on the filter it can start to cant as if ready to collapse.
March 10, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Great kit
Awesome kit! Great performance. LOOKS AWESOME ON THE BIKE!
February 23, 2016
Ride:
1999 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom XL883C
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
boom shakalaka
oh yeah oh yeah, don't have any dyno tests but feel like i gained two more gears. way more zip in mid gears makes you feel way faster. install was relatively simple too also looks way better then stock air cleaner
June 15, 2016
Ride:
2015 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron XL883N
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Excellent Product
Installed on my Harley Forty Eight and looks and works perfect.
April 3, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Arlen Ness Stage 1 Big Sucker Air Cleaner Kit For Harley Sportster 1988-2015
The intake was easy to install and looks great on the bike. The increased airflow definitely added some power to the bike. Initially had backfire after my new pipes went on as well, but once tuned everything is smooth as silk.
April 20, 2015
Ride:
2014 Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
This thing SUCKS! Classic look, Great Price!
The Big Sucker is a great bang for the buck, and looks classic on my 2012 Sportster XL1200V - Seventy Two. You can actually hear this breather sucking heavy amounts of air! On a side note I'd recommend some sort of fuel management if you are running aftermarket pipes like I was. This breather will for sure through off your air to fuel ratio and you'll get a lot of popping and backfire. I ended up ordering the Vance & Hines FuelPak, once installed and Map downloaded bike runs and sounds killer!
September 29, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Very nice product!
Very easy to install! sound great! Good price!
Tips: Using a torque wrench is a must!
October 7, 2014
Ride:
2014 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight XL1200X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Arlen ness big sucker
Great product with a great price. Shipping was excellent
December 22, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
Awesome air cleaner kit for the money. I love this filter kit!
David F on Nov 22, 2016
To add more power and get rid of the pancake air cleaner cover on my Harley 72
Matthew P on Oct 20, 2016
Awesome air cleaner kit for the money. I love this filter kit!
David F on Nov 22, 2016
Great product.
Adrian Q on Nov 15, 2016
To add more power and get rid of the pancake air cleaner cover on my Harley 72
Matthew P on Oct 20, 2016
good buy for the sportster . i didn't keep the bike long enough to enjoy it ..
Hector P on Oct 13, 2016
Brand, reviews (written and video) and price point.
Kalei C on Sep 19, 2016
Looks great, subtle but sporty, and the black cover matches the finish on the bike. I also like that the synthetic filter does not have to be oiled.
Joe F on Aug 30, 2016
Easy install on my 2016 roadster. took 1 hour. Great compliments from everyone that sees it.
JORDAN F on Aug 24, 2016
APPEARANCE AND PERFORMANCE. USED WITH V&H FUELPAK FP3 AND BASSANI 3" FIREPOWER MUFFLERS
W H on Jul 26, 2016
The smooth black cover is going to not only flow with my bike, but also make it look clean.
Mike N on Jul 24, 2016
Love this product.. install is a breeze and lets the motor get shown off more. not the best in the rain.
T H on Jul 23, 2016
awesome look good price liked video about product
al p on Jul 16, 2016
style and performance
jefferson n on Jul 8, 2016
Price was good and had great reviews
Hector C on Jul 7, 2016
looked slick. good reviews
H A on Jun 24, 2016
SHE WASNT BREATHING
Kevin M on Nov 27, 2015
nice
Nazri S on Nov 24, 2015
Read reviews, looks good, improve performance.
michael e on Jul 7, 2015
Recommended by the Harley dealer, great quality and perfect fit.
Devin P on Jun 17, 2015
More people (including my HD salesman) recommended this AC than any other.
Brian M on Jun 1, 2015
Looks good, needed it for my Big Radius street sweepers!
brian a on Apr 16, 2015
LOOKS GOOD AND GREAT PRICE.
B R on Mar 25, 2015
The look and the price.
Linda B on Dec 10, 2014
There were a lot of really good reviews about it and it looks nice and the price was right too.
Arik L on Nov 13, 2014
I like the clean look of this air filter system.
Wesley H on Oct 31, 2014
Just upgraded the exhaust on my bike to V&H Short Shots and thought I would add a few more HP with a new air cleaner and also get rid of the ham can air cleaner that is currently on my bike.
William W on Oct 8, 2014
Price! I have a gold membership with J&P. They wanted almost $100 for the same product. Cover was not included and was $110. They would not price match your company, either. Their loss, our gain.
david B on Sep 6, 2014
Apparently it's the best air cleaner and it looks awesome and priced really well.
Christopher d on Aug 15, 2014
It looks great. I guess the functioning will meet my expectations.
Sosigenes d on Aug 10, 2014
Performance and simplicity
Jacob W on Jul 14, 2014
recommendation.
Richard C on Jul 9, 2014
i am changing out the air cleaner, exhaust, and remapping sportster iron 883
Christian Y on May 8, 2014
Inexpensive compared to other air cleaners, looks good, has great reviews
Joshua M on Mar 7, 2014
for the price and performance couldnt be beat
andres O on Feb 17, 2014
More leg room
miguel m on Feb 2, 2014
Great product.
Adrian Q on Nov 15, 2016
good buy for the sportster . i didn't keep the bike long enough to enjoy it ..
Hector P on Oct 13, 2016
Is it recommended or necessary to use oil on the stainless jacketed filter?
A shopper on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No. That's the benefit of the stainless filter. Oil on the standard fabric element, no oil on the stainless element.
Will a HD Stage 1 remap work with this filter?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It didn't with mine, but I also added baffles at the same time. If you just do the filter, Stage 1 should work for you. Do baffles also and you're probably looking at doing the Screaming Eagle remap. And it ain't cheap.
Does it come with a K&N filter?
Isaak T on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does come with a filter, but I don't remember seeing any mention of it being a K&N. And I can't imagine how a K&N would be any better as the one included is definitely a 'free breather', hence the name, Big Sucker.
I have a 2004 standard XL883. Will this air cleaner fit my bike?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I bought this for my 2005 XLC1200 and fit was good. Best part is it eliminated the black hoses for the oil breather bolts.
Is your big sucker 1 (red) filter washable?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Arlen Ness makes a cleaner and an oil especially for their cotton filters. You could probably also snag a k&n equivalent from your local auto shop, but it might be safer to go with the Arlen Ness brand if you're unsure.
does it come with a K&N filter?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine did come with a filter very similar to K&N but wasn't branded as such. I will say this unit has been excellent in performance I hope that helps.
Any problems riding in the rain since the filter is exposed?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I didn't experience any trouble with it, but I didn't have taken heavy rain with it. If you want to have more assurance, you can by additionally the rain cover,a fabric put around the cotton filter.
Hi,

is the Backingplate in chrome ?

Thanks in advance.
A S on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The one I ordered was the blacks crinkle finish and it came in black, I'm not sure if all of them are black but the hardware is chrome.
Can the stock air cleaner cover from a 2013 Iron 883 be used with this? Looks like the filter element has only 1 hole for a screw to re-attach the cover, but the stock cover has 2 (oval shape).
Alec H on Jul 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, the stock cover won't work as like you already realized, the stock cover having two holes on either side and the ness stage 1 having only 1 down the middle means the backing plate will be different on the ness only allowing for one bolt attachment. sorry...hope this helps.

Have a good weekend.
How to properly clean the Stainless filter?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Are you asking how to clean the filter? If so, I suggest buying the Arlen ness kit which includes a spray on cleaner to remove the oil and grime... And also includes the oil which you'll need to reapply to the filter after it is dry. There are many YouTube videos on this process. It's a piece of cake. It doesn't need to be done often... But if it's clogged this will certainly help airflow.