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Exhaust Systems 2013 Sportster

Probably answered a million times but I am looking to pick up some parts over the winter for my new Sporty and #1 on my list is an exhaust.

There are so many out there not sure which is a better choice Slip - On or Full.
Black Powder Coated or Chrome? Brand and Quality/Longevity?

So many options to choose from I can't decide. Plus my budget is at most $350.00. Which limits my selection.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 07:49 PM
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That is an open ended question...
At the end of the day it needs to be what you like NUMBER 1

Plan it out, are you going to add air cleaner upgrade?
Other engine mods?

Look ahead as you will need to manage the A/F ratio if you are changing more than exhaust.
This can be a download from dealer, Xids, or full blown controller.

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It depends on what you want. V&H are good, Bassani, Rush, thunderheaders, plenty of choices. for that budget though, V&H staggered short shots in chrome will hit it right there just for the parts, you will pay more if you get a tuner or have them installed. Hate to say it but unless you already have a tuner and plan to put the pipes on yourself, you will have to be able to put up more money than $350. Exhaust is something you should wait until you can get the set you want before buying a cheapo set and then trying to get another set later.
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I have a 08 1200 custom and I've done a ton of research and question a ton of people about this. For the money I'm going to get Vance and Hines short shots or straight shots. And most folks say if your just changing the exhaust you really don't have to do anything with the fuel management. But if you change your breather or anything else you can use a Xied or X14ied that changes fuel air ratio and keeps the motor a little cooler. It's much cheaper than buying a fuel pack or getting your bike remapped.


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Cool Exhaust Systems....

I have an 06 883, last year for carbed, I understand. I put on a 2 into 1 Thunderheader, and I like it real good. Sounds clean, and growly, and the bike runs better. More throttle response, better low end torque. As mentioned, think it out, and get the one you want after plenty research. These things can get pricey before you know it. I got exactly what I was looking for, and dont regret it. I was initially all about a 2 in 1 V&H chrome system, but after research, and talking with people on here with experience, I got steered into the Thunderheader direction. By a stroke of good fortune, I came across one that was absolutely like new, without a single flaw, barely used, for half price of a new one. The man who had it had it wrapped in cloths and tape in his bedroom, under the bed. He got it from a dude who wanted dragpipes instead, so his loss was my gain. Look around, and maybe you might just find a similar bargain. Good luck!

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My ear is to the wall also for my '13 sporty.
I am looking at V&H Double Barrel, Shortshots or Straightshots. I will do a SE air filter and re-map at the time.
I am curious of the power differences, if any, in the three V&H pipes mentioned above.
Only the Double Barrel pipes claim a power increase. And a power chamber(?). They are also the only ones that don't have the optional quiet baffles.
Which leads to the sound of the quiet baffles. Too quiet?
And are the Double Barrel pipes loud?
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Akrapovic: This is outside of your budget, it cost my friend ~$1200 to get it (purchase + installation) but he loves it. It's too loud for my taste and would probably get me a few tickets for disturbing the public peace in my neighborhood. But hey, they do sound really cool

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My ear is to the wall also for my '13 sporty.
I am looking at V&H Double Barrel, Shortshots or Straightshots. I will do a SE air filter and re-map at the time.
I am curious of the power differences, if any, in the three V&H pipes mentioned above.
Only the Double Barrel pipes claim a power increase. And a power chamber(?). They are also the only ones that don't have the optional quiet baffles.
Which leads to the sound of the quiet baffles. Too quiet?
And are the Double Barrel pipes loud?
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Vance & Hines (before) quiet baffles Part 1 - YouTube

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Thanks squeekie. Wouldn't say I cared for either baffle.
But video clip sound can be very deceiving.
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actually you don't have to remap if you only change the slip on mufflers. If you change out the entire exhaust (header pipes) you HAVE to remap.

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