Finally got around to putting on the mufflers I had sent off to American Custom in Connecticut and I'm happy to report that they get a major
on all accounts so far!
1. They received my mufflers on Tuesday morning and I received an email later the same day that they were being shipped back to me. Thats same day turnaround!
2. Received the mufflers back looking like brand spanking new. They didn't just do their boring and drill/tap routine but they polished them to a mirror finish and eliminated all the road grime from underneath. I don't even see any scratches or blemishes anywhere on the mufflers. A second
3. Inside the mufflers, no sharp or jagged edges anywhere. Looks like the mufflers were made this way from the HD factory. The hex screw they drill and tap into the bottom/side of the mufflers for interchanging baffles is perfectly placed for easy access and completely flush with the surface of the muffler.
4. Sound...I'm extremely happy! With the mufflers as is, no baffle installed, they sound amazing. Super deep toned growl that barks a bit when you get on the throttle. In no way are they overly loud and obnoxious. instead it just sounds like it should have sounded int he first place, like a Harley.
I can only compare them to my brothers Dyna which has de-baffled VH Long Shots on it and THAT IS FRIGGIN LOUD! His bike sounds mean but its so loud nobody will ride behind him and even he has to wear earplugs when riding. The de-baffled Long Shots also have a higher pitch loudness to them compared to the de-baffled OE Dyna mufflers which again, have a deep tone to them.
I haven't been able to get out and ride with the new mufflers yet so can't report anything in the way of seat of the pants feel or popping, etc. I will report at first chance.
Based on my experience with American Custom so far I'd say it was worth it and a big success. Nice having the flexibility to swap in or out their mid-rumble baffle in 3-4 minutes with just the turn of a hex nut. Still, based on how they sound now I don't anticipate using the baffles much at all. Which leads me to my last observation; Before sending them off to American Custom I was considering doing the stage 2 bafflectomy (see Dave63 sticky on bafflectomy) myself. I talked myself out it because I was worried that completely de-baffled Dyna mufflers would be way too loud and sound like the de-baffled VH Longshots (which in my opinion are indeed way too loud). Not the case! Maybe the HD mufflers have much more in the way of fiberglass packing around the perimeter of the muffler cans that quiets it down a bit compared to the VH ones? Whatever the case, a Stage 2 Bafflectomy on OE Dyna mufflers will not be insanely, obnoxiously loud but rather a very, VERY nice deep toned rumble with a pleasing bark at heavy throttle. So if you don't see a need for swapping out baffles save some $$ and do the stage 2 bafflectomy. If you want the versatility of being able to have both the growl with bark AND a mid-rumble tone slightly louder than OE, then by all means American Custom is hard to beat.