Just because the fuel filter canister problem was fixed in 08 it doesn't mean that the fuel filter does not get dirty.
Yes, but the question becomes how fast does it get how dirty? From what I've heard the earlier models 'required' changing every 10,000 miles...and I've put almost 20,000 on the 10. There was 38,000 on the clock when I got her so I've not a clue what the maintenance history was during that time. Maybe it was time (normal), or maybe it was just a really bad tank of gas (unlikely).
Honestly, after running an Evo for 20 years (without any filter) I was more Leery of the damn computer deciding to lightbulb on me. I've always kind of hated the damn things...even though I work in IT.
Start with the fuel filter first and you can change it without pulling the fuel pump out, you can just pull the filter canister up to the top of the tank and swap out the filter, you just have to be a little more careful.
Much as I appreciate - and was impressed by - the detailed procedure listed above, I was planning on trying to do it this way just to see if I could ... So it's nice to know it is possible.
800 rpm is too low get that rpm up to at least 950. Everyone want to get that old potato potato sound out of their newer bikes but they are just robbing the battery from critical voltage and robbing oil flow from the top end of the engine.
Back in the 80's I spent 3 months tweaking the stock CV carb on an 82 FLT to get it to hold a 250rpm idle. I could let it sit there for up to 5 minutes letting it hold that idle sounding for all the world like a hit-or-miss engine. It always drew a crowd, and somebody in that crowd would invariable start evangelizing the same dire warnings. But in the 5 years I had it in the bike they never came true.
I pulled the Shovel out, dropped in an Evo and put the Shovel in a hardtail framed bar-hopper, that I sold to a friend that rode it for several years and then sold it to another guy who also had it for a few years ... none of which had any issues with the still then crowd drawlingly low idle.
So if the "damage" takes longer than that to manifest...I guess it can't be that big a deal.
The main reason I picked up the SEPST was due to the factory idle settings driving me nutz. When it started (hot or cold) it would sot at 1,600rpms for almost 5 minutes before dropping low enough to not make ones butt tighten when dropping into first because it sounded like the cases were being torn in half. Granted this was partially a stock/fragged compensator's fault...but that's another story.
Now I realize that EFI killed the classic Harley staccato idle, and I remember well reading the articles about how hard the factory tried to get the computer to reproduce it. But the - when finally warm - stock 1,000rpm idle while quite smooth was eerily (Japanese) just too
smooth. So it had to go. At 800rpms the volt meter in the faring is always happy, and the 2 years old that I know of battery that was in the bike when I got her still spins her up just fine. *Shrug*
Speaking of things that just had to go ... The FBW limp dicked (Traction control?) throttle response also got tossed out the window at that point as I completely flattened the map to a straight 1:1 so the throttle now does WTF I tell it to instead of meekly peaking open based on what it thinks I need.