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I ended up purchasing the SBD for my 2019. With the black Friday sale, I couldn't pass it up. Got it all installed in about 2.5 hours. Thought I could get some help from Alba or YouTube on installation on a '19 regarding the spacer, but neither could provide any instruction. Surprisingly, with my tire rack installed as well as my rear cargo box (both of which I kept on the vehicle, I simply removed the upper right hand cover (oil tank), as well as the lower oil tank cover. I was able to remove and install the new airbox spacer with only those items taken off.
 

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Did you get your ECM flashed yet? If so how does it run? Others have complained about a high RPM miss with the Alba 2019 ECM flash on their SBD kit.
 

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Nope, sending my ECU out tomorrow. Tonight was just the installation of everything.

Yeah, I'm familiar with the miss and called Alba about it. They insisted they've flashed many and even have a 2019 with several "runs" on it with no issues. I figured I'd take my chances and cross that bridge if it comes.
 

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Nope, sending my ECU out tomorrow. Tonight was just the installation of everything.

Yeah, I'm familiar with the miss and called Alba about it. They insisted they've flashed many and even have a 2019 with several "runs" on it with no issues. I figured I'd take my chances and cross that bridge if it comes.
Yeah, I'm sending mine in tomorrow to get flashed also for the 19 to run with some spare parts laying around till I get the big boost engine put together.
 

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Sounds like a helluva plan Zilla! I am sure your spare parts rack is pretty deep. What "leftovers" are you installing on your new toy?
 

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I got a Graves full system, a air box spacer and a set of velocity stacks, that's it. With a flash it should give me a bit more zip, till I'm ready to change out the engine. I thought about installing the turbo kit, but decided it will be much easier when I pull the cage to replace it and strip things down a bit to weld in my gusset kit and the other B.S. .
 

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Sounds like a helluva plan.... You doing the boosted engine yourself?
 

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I got a Graves full system, a air box spacer and a set of velocity stacks, that's it. With a flash it should give me a bit more zip, till I'm ready to change out the engine. I thought about installing the turbo kit, but decided it will be much easier when I pull the cage to replace it and strip things down a bit to weld in my gusset kit and the other B.S. .
Rayscar gusset kit is really good.
 

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Let me know how your airbox spacer install goes. I was able to access all screws from either the underside by the right rear wheel or on top through the area the small panel was removed for the oil tank. I did have to loosen the bolt for the breather assembly in order to provide a bit of movement for the airbox to be slid up into place. I won't relish having to do it again to change the filter, but it's not that bad.
 

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Also, I installed the airbox spacer onto the airbox cover before shoving it up into place. Alba's instructions say to install the spacer first, then the airbox cover. I wanted to make sure I had a solid, visible seal before it disappeared into the machine.
 

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Sounds like a helluva plan.... You doing the boosted engine yourself?
Ideally, NO ! I would very much so like for Alba to do a stage 5 build on this unit for me, however at this time they're not showing the stage 5 flash as being available. I need to call Nate and talk with him about having no problem being a guinea pig on the project, knowing full well "things can happen". At this point the spare engine is crated up and the new head is fully prepped and built, ready for blast off.
 

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Finally had a chance to get the buggy out and go for a rip. Granted, this is only the second time I've been on it; bought brand new and only rode it one time stock. I put about 25 miles on it today with the SBD installed. I was worried about the dreaded mid range hesitation. I can say with confidence that it did not exhibit that problem encountered by some others on here. It was definitely more peppy and I could feel more of a kick in all throttle situations. Got up to 80 with plenty more pedal to push. Yeah, the turbo would have been nice, but for my riding, the cost involved, and the enjoyment I get, I'm glad I went with something that gives me a bit more oomph for less than $800.
 

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Went out with a friend last weekend and it was his first trip with new SDB setup. On hardpack desert it was not that noticeable since the yxz already has plenty of power there but in the sand it was very helpful. He was commenting how he was routinely pulling third gear in places where he couldn't before.

Plus....one super nice side effect he was super happy with was the fact that the machine ran 10-12 degrees cooler.

And NO HINT of the mid range hesitation. It was smooth as silk.
 
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