Need some advise on Harley-Davidson exhaust system
It feels like I am the only Harley rider in the whole UK who still has his stock exhaust fixed to his bike. The do not look nice, rain waters forms visible puddles in them and quickly rust, the only positive thing you can say about them is that their sound seems legal with a huge safety margin.
I am impressed by the explanations of MacDuff in his Blog on the subject, but at the end I am still a bit confused. “2 in 1”, “2 in 1 in 2”, “2in2”, I understand the mechanical differences, but how important is it really, what are the PRO’s and CONS’s. The stock exhaust is a “2 in 1 in 2”, but do all such crossovers have a exhaust actuator valve? And does this actuator valve just serve to castrate the bike in certain conditions to meet noise regulations? And is it true this valve is only on international models?
You see, I am really confused, and that needs clarification before I am willing to throw real money at the problem.
Within a tolerable budget, 3 factors play a primary role: looks, performance and sound. This is in alphabetical order.
I will put sound as the No1. priority, as it is something that will always be there, even when performance doesn’t play any role as you are stuck in traffic. Sound is also the hardest to get right for all parties concerned, like my own taste, my wife’s taste, my neighbours tolerance and the sense of humour of the police officer in England, or worse, Germany.
Vance and Hines Dresser Duals, a 2 in 2 (~440 US$)
And I am not looking for extremely loud pipes, the best deep bass in my world is the one you feel with your chest, not some screaming rice cooker blowing like the whistle of a derailing steam engine. A chest thumping bass, with unlimited torque at low revs, that puts a smile on my face.
And with mentioning torque we are at priority No2: performance, or better: performance at the low end of the rev scale. The only thing better then torque is more torque, and a high displacement engine like the 96cu.i. is a good start, but 103 is of course better. See my article on the 2011 Road King Classic here.
Vance and Hines Power Duals, a 2 in 1 in2 (~520 US$)
Finally on the priority No.3: looks, I am happy to compromise, but only if it makes real sense. The WOW factor could until now only be achieved by the Turndown Slip-on mufflers by Vance & Hines.
The problem with buying a new exhaust is simple: you can not try them out like a new pair of shoes or some thermal gloves, it is a serious investment, and you will have to listen and live with for some long and lonely time. On YouTube, they all sound different and at the same time the same, due to poor recording quality and background noises. And as you do not have you own bike’s sound as benchmark, it is very difficult to compare and judge.
Vance and Hines Monster Ovals Slip-ons (~780 US$)
So please, I am happy to listen to your advise, here are some choices I came up with, all Vance and Hines:
Head Pipes: Dresser Duals or Power Duals. I understand that the (important?) crossover is lost with the dresser duals, also called true duals, and each cylinder gets its own piping and muffler. But what are the consequences of this with respect to sound and performance?
Vance and Hines Turndown Slip-ons (~500 US$)
The next choice is for the mufflers: the expensive Monster Ovals or the (for my taste) beautiful Turndown Slip-ons. Again, what are the implications with respect to sound and performance? And what is the better mix? Also, with the Turndown, will you need the optional Quiet Baffles?
My feeling right now would be for the following setup: Dresser Duals, with Turndown Slip-ons and maybe Quiet Baffles, Fuelpack and Air intake. But this may be utter nonsense and a big mistake.
Please help with any comment and advise you may have…