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I have a 2014 ultra limited and am proud to own a geezer cycle. However, it caught me bit off guard when my 70 year old father and cronies said 'it doesn't sound like a harley'. After thinking a bit I can see the point of it doesn't have that pronounced potato potato rumble of Harley's of past vintages. While I don't have a desire to get louder getting a more vintage harley note might be good. What recommendations would the community have for a different not necessarily louder. Done the louder thing and have the t shirt.


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Due to many factors, the Harley "sound" has changed over the years.
EPA compliant cams, timing changes, leaner mixtures, etc. Even with aftermarket cams, my '07 sounds less "Harley" than my '92 which sounds less "Harley" than my '68.
I'm glad to read that you didn't equate LOUD with sounding like a Harley. :)
 

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Can't do it with EFI !
That's what everybody says anyway .
If ya can afford it , just buy a Sportster with the Evolution engine . They all have that sound we love even with EFI .
 

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Well my 13 limited, I gutted the cat and put Rinehart 4" slipons, to me its louder but has a more pronounced idle. I like the sound and its not too loud.
 

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Unfortunataly none of the new efi motors will sound like a seventys shovel they just wont lope at low idle.
 

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I put Vance & Hines twin slash round slip on's on mine. It has a much better sound than stock. Not too loud but loud enough to hear it. I can still hear my stock stereo just fine going down the highway.
 

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I put Vance & Hines twin slash round slip on's on mine. It has a much better sound than stock. Not too loud but loud enough to hear it. I can still hear my stock stereo just fine going down the highway.

Did the same thing to my '14 FLHTK; happy w/the sound now; not too loud for me when I get on it, and a reassuring rumble that also lets you use your stereo speakers at cruise power :)


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On my 14 SG I put a Rush Header and Vance and Hines High Flow slip ons on it when I did the stage one, at that point it sounded better but still didnt have that Harley lope. I did not get that true mean Harley sound untill after I did the cams then it sounded a whole lot better of course then I did the Top end build and it sounds AWSOME now it very deep and loud with a very pronounced lope at Idle.
 

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Did the same thing to my '14 FLHTK; happy w/the sound now; not too loud for me when I get on it, and a reassuring rumble that also lets you use your stereo speakers at cruise power :)


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I was going to start a new thread about this, but will see what I can get in answers here...........
I have a 2011 Ultra Limited FLHTK, and the very end tips of my Vance and Hines are corroded. They are round, and have 2 mounting screws on the bottom. I just tried to take them off and it was on pretty solid. I am wanting to know how easy it is just to repalce the end tips and not the whole tail pipe. My dealer is real busy this morning, as I cannot reach them. I am not seeing anything with just 2 screws on the bottom for replacement, and am not familiar with how it works. The bike is real quiet with the reassuring rumble. I really do not want it any louder.
Thanks for any inputs.........
 

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I think I'd just tell my dad and his cronies that they need to adjust their hearing aids... and then go enjoy my ride.
If I like the way my bike sounds, that's good enough for me. It's a freakin Harley... it SAYS so on the side. It doesn't sound like a '72 Dodge Power Wagon either, cause it AIN'T one.
I remember hearing those loping hogs at intersections back when I was younger... and they were usually being sat on by some guy that was desperately tweaking the idle or the fuel knob or some such, trying to keep in running long enough to take off for the next stop light.... leaking oil all the way.
There's a lot to be said for improvements and newer technology. Means you can spend more time riding, and WAY less time wrenching. I prefer it that way. :)
 

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I was going to start a new thread about this, but will see what I can get in answers here...........
I have a 2011 Ultra Limited FLHTK, and the very end tips of my Vance and Hines are corroded. They are round, and have 2 mounting screws on the bottom. I just tried to take them off and it was on pretty solid. I am wanting to know how easy it is just to repalce the end tips and not the whole tail pipe. My dealer is real busy this morning, as I cannot reach them. I am not seeing anything with just 2 screws on the bottom for replacement, and am not familiar with how it works. The bike is real quiet with the reassuring rumble. I really do not want it any louder.
Thanks for any inputs.........
You should have started a new thread but I will help anyway. You need to spray the entire end cap with wd40 and then ride the bike for about five miles with the screws out. When you get back then wrap end caps with a rag and twist real hard. The pipes need to be heated. I had same problem with my Rinehart until I saw a you tube video and it worked great.
 

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Thanks for the input. I will try the spray method. I cannot find this tip anywhere, as mine has 2 screws in the bottom, and the ones I have found either have 1 on the very bottom, or 3-4 around the cap...........
 

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Thanks for the input. I will try the spray method. I cannot find this tip anywhere, as mine has 2 screws in the bottom, and the ones I have found either have 1 on the very bottom, or 3-4 around the cap...........
Make sure pipes are hot and if you only use one screw its fine, just use locktight.
 

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SO, I got the screws out, and the cap comes out, but so does all of the inside(baffle) as well. So, I guess I will try to take it all out, and then spray some anti seize on it to release the end cap from the baffle. Unless anyone has a different idea............
 

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I put on decatted stock head pipe with Rush big Louie mufflers/2.00 inch baffles on my 2014 road king and I think it sounds great. I do get that harley rough idle sound, maybe it's the rushmore cams but it sounds different than my 2011. Not too loud but very deep sound.
 
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