Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stock pipes......

Well, I'm back to stock pipes. After the last issue with my Hooker pipes, I tried fixing the mount and the design flaw(the top pipe constantly banging on the passenger foot peg caused the pipe mount to stress fracture)by shortening the pipes, not a good idea, they ended up being too short, sounded awful, and I lost alot of bottom end torque. I'm not in a position to buy new pipes right now so I did the next best thing, I put the old stock pipes back on. However, before I put them back on I had to do something about the sound, the stock tapered pipes look bad enough, but the stock sound is horrendous, so I did the logical(cheap) thing, I knocked the baffle plate out. That gave it a little more volume, but the surprising part was how much low end torque I got back. I'll deal with the sound till spring, but in the mean time I'll be doing some research on pipes. In any event it's good to have her back on the road!

2 comments:

chessie said...

Hey, I hear ya...I was fortunate with Hooker pipes...that is until an accident, where I rolled up over a fellow rider as he went down, and to add insult to injury (as far as he was concerned) I next rolled my bike up over his chopper as it slid on it's side down the road in front of me. That's where the mounting bracket let go...broke, kaput... my beloved Hookers had to come off. New pair of cheap exhaust goes on. Look and sound better than stock. I just couldn't put those nasty cross over pipes back on the bike! May you be blessed with an unexpected windfall for the new pipes you desire!

MeanStreak said...

Now that is something I wouldn't want to experience! I'm just going to be patient and she'll be getting a make-over come spring!