The Evolution of Motorcycle Customization: A Look at Arlen Ness and the 18-996 Inverted Series Air Cleaner Kit

Arlen Ness is a well-known name in the motorcycle customizing industry. With a career spanning over half a century, he has made a significant impact on the business and helped to launch an entire industry. Starting out in his garage in the 1960s, Arlen built his first chopper using a spray gun and his passion for motorcycles. This chopper was the beginning of his customizing career, and it helped to establish him as a leader in the industry.

One of the latest product of Arlen Ness is the 18-996 Inverted Series Air Cleaner Kit, which is specifically designed for 2017-2023 Harley Davidson M8 models. The kit includes a 15-spoke air cleaner, an inverted performance air filter, and forged billet aluminum air filter housing.

The 15-spoke air cleaner is made of chrome and features a black stainless steel jacketed inverted filter. The filter is designed with an inverted pleated top and 360° of pleated sides, allowing it to pull in filtered air from every angle. The forged billet aluminum backing plate is designed with patented Big Sucker™ hidden breather technology, which eliminates the need for external hoses or hardware and creates a virtually closed-loop system. The backing plate also features a radius air inlet for smooth airflow.

The forged billet air filter covers are CNC machined from a single piece of forged billet aluminum and feature an exposed design. The CNC inverted top acts as a velocity stack, helping to pull in more air flow. The hidden breathers are o-ringed at the heads and exits at the throttle body/carb to create a virtually closed-loop system.

The performance filter is made with a black synthetic filter element wrapped in a stainless steel jacket. The filter is water-resistant, eliminating the need for a rain sock. The filter is also reusable and washable, and does not require oil.

Arlen Ness Motorcycles is an international brand, sold on every continent of the world. The company's products are known for their high quality and innovative designs, and it continues to push the boundaries of motorcycle customization with new products and designs. Arlen Ness has truly left an indelible mark on the motorcycle industry, and his legacy continues to inspire future generations of customizers.