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Arlen Ness Plain Finish Stage I Big Sucker Kit with Standard Filter

J&P Cycles Part Number: 401-716

Manufacturer Part Number: 18-803

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Important Fitment Note

Breather system will not work for 1988-90 Sportster.


Description for Arlen Ness Plain Finish Stage I Big Sucker Kit with Standard Filter

• All in one backing plate features a built in carb support and built in breather tunnels

• Tunnels exit at the mouth of the carb to create a virtually closed loop system

• Backing plate has o-ring breather bolts and a radiused intake manifold

• Kit includes a natural finish aluminum backing plate, Team Ness high flow air filter and all necessary hardware

• Requires the use of an Aftermarket Round Style Lid or Endcap (sold separately)

•The Stock Oval lid can be Reused with 561-224

•Uses Air Filter Service kit 561-029

Product Specs

Product Specs for Arlen Ness Plain Finish Stage I Big Sucker Kit with Standard Filter

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Stage I
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Fitment Note:

Breather system will not work for 1988-90 Sportster.

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Compatible Models

Harley-Davidson® Models

  • Sportster 1200 50th Anniversary XL50 : 2007
  • Sportster 1200 Custom Anniversary XL1200C : 2013
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200C : 2004–2019
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200CA : 2013–2016
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200CB : 2012–2017
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200CP : 2011–2016
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XLH1200C : 1996–2003
  • Sportster 1200 Forty-Eight Anniversary XL1200X : 2018
  • Sportster 1200 Forty-Eight Special XL1200XS : 2018–2019
  • Sportster 1200 Forty-Eight XL1200X : 2010–2019
  • Sportster 1200 Iron XL1200NS : 2018–2019
  • Sportster 1200 Low XL1200L : 2006–2011
  • Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N : 2007–2012
  • Sportster 1200 Roadster XL1200CX : 2016–2019
  • Sportster 1200 Roadster XL1200R : 2004–2009
  • Sportster 1200 Seventy-Two XL1200V : 2012–2016
  • Sportster 1200 Sport XLH1200S : 1996–2003
  • Sportster 1200 Standard XLH1200 : 1988–2003
  • Sportster 1200 SuperLow XL1200T : 2014–2017
  • Sportster 883 Custom XL883C : 2004–2010
  • Sportster 883 Custom XLH883C : 1998–2003
  • Sportster 883 Deluxe XLH883 : 1988–1995
  • Sportster 883 Hugger XLH883 : 1988–2003
  • Sportster 883 Iron XL883N : 2009–2019
  • Sportster 883 Low XL883L : 2005–2010
  • Sportster 883 Roadster XL883R : 2005–2015
  • Sportster 883 Roadster XLH883R : 2002–2003
  • Sportster 883 Standard XL883 : 2004–2009
  • Sportster 883 Standard XLH883 : 1988–2003
  • Sportster 883 SuperLow XL883L : 2011–2019
Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews for Arlen Ness Plain Finish Stage I Big Sucker Kit with Standard Filter

Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (based on 93 reviews)

5 stars (70)

4 stars (21)

3 stars (1)

2 stars (1)

1 star (0)

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Big Suckers rock! My buddy's with the K&N wish they had gotten this instead. My only regret is not spending the couple extra dollars to get the chrome backing plate. For the little increase - its worth it, since the bracket IS slightly visible.


The Big Sucker works great!


Stage 1 Big sucker air filter system is great. A must for your bike


I had purchased this item before, but I overtightened the air cleaner cover and the studs that go the carb broke and the whole thing fell off. So if you install, torque to specs. I like this item and I purchased this again.


The super sucker was everything it said it was and is working VERY well on my '94 FXR


Very well made product. Very easy to install. Supported other products to make a noticible overall improvement in engine power. Would recommend this product to others.


better fuel mileage,getting more air than stock


Sweet. Clean install, Preformance increase out of the box. Great fit, simple, solid. Can get to carb to adjust without all the plastic crap in the way. 1997 FLHT


easy fit


Very awesome and easy to install!


best bang for the buck very happy with it


Good buy, I was considering another filer system but your Tech recomended this one. Installation ended the oil drip from stock air filter asssembly.


noticeable difference


Head bolts did not fit correctly


Ordered the big sucker stage one for my 97heritage. It was delivered fast. The kit came with everything you needed to install. All the parts were good quality and workmanship on the backplate was very good. It installed fast and performs really well. A noticeable increase in pulling power and take offs. Not enough lock tite included but had some to finish it off. Good buy for that type of performance. Good job j&pcycles and Arlen ness.


looks and works very easy to install, also very promped deliver


Worked good


I ordered the wrong part for my 1994 harley davidson heritage softail classic


I like my Big Sucker so far. It fits well and is rather simple to install. The only reason I do not give it five stars is the instructions. Ness recently decided to machine the breather bolts out which means you do not need bushings. Well, they did not note that in the instructions so I spent a week of phone calls with J&P only to find out Ness did not update their instructions. Other than that, it seems to be a good product.


Very good product. Nice looking and great power.


On balance a great product, some of the instructuions could have been clearer and the adapter insertys for the 2004 and upward hollow oil breather bolts are not supplied in the kit..seems strange. That said, I used the other suplied bolts for the earlier Sportster model which looked very similar. Comes with gaskets and loctite etc, overall a comprehensive kit. Great fit and finish. Recopmmended.


I bolted this bad boy on my 2006 Harley Sportster 1200 Low. It bolts up easy using the Mikuni air filter adapter ring. Even though most of the parts were there, there were still some missing. There was no little metal straws that go on the end of the breather bolts. I ended up using different breather bolts that reached farther. Since then I just bought a new breather kit from Arlen Ness, so I will put that on. Overall, great product! Bolt it up man!!


simple and very functional, great alternative for a sporty.


Easy installation. Great performance. Looks sharp. And a great price. Well worth the money.


Have these on my other HD's so putting one on my Sporty was a no brainer. The installation was easy and no more ugly stock intake. Don't forget to rejet!


Great product! Easy to install, adds great performance to the engine, for the right price!


opened her lungs up to receive the vital air she always longed for


very pleased


Great performance great price. Would recomend adding performance pipes


This filter is great. I put it on my Wife's XL1200L Sporty and right away it made the bike have more punch. The stock filters on Sportsters don't breath near enough.


It was simple to put on and has made a big improvement on my bikes power


Love the look!


install is very easy. looks and works great!


Power, easy to install, looks awesome.


Great product! Great company to shop with!!


This is not the first one I've installed so install is super easy and always fits just right. The power gain is just what one would expect.


excellent product. easy install, and super fast shipping. Now I just need a cover. lol


Beautiful. My bike is a little more responsive now. I can actually FEEL it breathing more deeply. Yoga-status. Beautiful. 2013 xl883n.


Very happy with the air flow of this air cleaner. Also like the extra clearance for my knee. Looks and works great on my sportster. 30 min install.


I am not a big Arlen Ness fan but this product is pretty good. I would recommend it to others.


This AC system cleaned up all the oil mess and runs well. I did question the fact that the Screamin Eagle version uses a 1/4" tube and the 2 holes in this are 1/16" each but the Ness R&D people answered my questions within 3 hrs and I'm very satisfied with their answer and the product. Highly recommended.


If you are mechanically inclined at all, an easy install. The directions included need to be updated.


Great product. Between the installation of this product,a Vance & Hines Fuel Pack, and the Screaming Eagle exhaust it has really perked up my bike and made it run great. I would recommend this product. It is worth the money.


Excellent quality and easy install.


eazy to install.


Instant cheap horse power


Everything was super, from ease of ordering,pricing & prompt delivery. The product was the exact quality and specs. as described. I am looking forward to my next order with J&P Cycles


This made a big difference in how my bike runs !


gave me a little more hp that I was looking for. Instructions were easy, even for me to follow.


I really feel this air filter is going to help with more horse power. I already feel the difference


This kit breathes awesome on my 103". Only took a few minutes to install. I am extremely happy with it.


Great price


Seems to be doing the job linked up to VH Pro 2-1 and VH Fuelpak. Bike runs great!


Great looks love it easy to put pn


This is one of my favorite from Arlen Ness. I've had this on my previous bike and now my softail also got one. I like how it makes things simple and gets rid of the rubber breather hose. (it has built in channels for the breather tubes)


Looks good on bike.

ri red

Have purchased this for my other bikes in past..


This air filter system was one of the most easily installed system I have seen. Works great too.


Very easy to install and fits nicely behind the stock air filter cover. However, the instructions that come with the product are a bit confusing and the tiny bottle of locktite is a joke.


Bike is running so much better.


Beautiful fit. Really lets my 96 breathe!


2nd one of these stage 1 kits I've ordered. Economical way to get to stage 1. Works great.


I order this a-ness big sucker for my 03 fat boy the women that took my order said it will fit my fatboy s&s e carb, well it did not a-ness don't make a big sucker for a s&s e carb now i have to send it back and get a s&s stealth air cleaner(not the same)but I found one of the salemen who rides and knows what he's doing will help me out and he did,,i will never let a women or someone lookin in a book to place my order,,,thank you mr.art


just finished installing this on my 07 deluxe total time 20 min. great fit very strait forward design




Really nice set up works great and looks good


Great Fit, Great Performance, Great Quality for the Buck.


perfect price and fit.




Great product and they had fast delivery and easy shop and purchase pages online


Great Product, Fair Price, Fast Shipping Much improved over stock Air Cleaner... Thanks JP Cycles for stocking such good products !!


Worked great on my 2002 Dyna Wide Glide. Rejetted the carb with a CV deluxe kit, bike already had a Vance and Hines shotgun exhaust. Made a noticeable improvement and you could here the difference in the sound.


Easy install replacing the OEM assembly on a 1999 FLHT. Improved breathing too. Regular 8" round air cleaner cover fits without problem if you want to get rid of the stock twin-cam cover.


Improved high rev performance. An excellent purchase.

Kev dog

Great air filter makes a huge difference in throttle response...... and even sounds better. Easy on and off for cleaning.....


Easy to assemble and performs as described. I like being able to keep the stock cleaner cover on the bike here in Florida where the rains can be severe and soaking the exposed filter systems.


easy to install,works great


Product really peforms well and is easy to install.


Excactly what it should be.


very good product easy install


With the Stage 1 Big Sucker air filter V&H Fuelpack and Twin Slash Round Mufflers. It performs a lot better with increase horse power. Easy to install


Greatest filter for the money. great fit and function.


Love it !!!! A lot more air , makes a big difference !!!!


Great service and delivery was quick.plus all the free stuff was definitely an added bonus.Thanks J&P i will be a life long customer.


Great Product!! Does what it said it would!!


Love it


Easy to install and fit perfect.


Well manufactured product. Easy to install with complete needed parts and instructions. Plus simplest performance bolt-on addition to any motorcycle.


Well built, a super easy upgrade. Had one on the Road king, now on the Ultra Classic.


Very good buy and fits rite under the stock cover


Very good product, works well with aftermarket pipes.


Great product. , installed easy, nothing else to do as long as you have stock head pipes


excellent product and fast shipping. J&P has always been good. ordered many items from them.

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