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Re: Best sounding exhaust setup for XL883?
Well....I would say the RUSH slip on's have a nice sound and give some performance increase. I put them on my XL883 and now it sounds like a harley instead of a moped. They have a nice deep sound to them and have a good bark to them when you get on it, but at cruise tame down to a nice rumble. You can put on the rush slip on's up to a 2" baffle with out needing to remap, now when you change your air cleaner too, a remap would be in order.
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Set it to factory spec for the best sound you can expect. Stock or manufacturer recommend after market exhaust may enhance the experience. Remember ... noise annoys. Anything else will cause you big trouble ... engines and exhausts are designed to work together ... if you mess with the formula ... you can damage your machine and lose your investment and or void warranties - violate laws. Stick with what the manufacturer recommends ... that is unless you are a engineer and absolutely KNOW what you are doing.
This is what happens w/ someone shortens there baffle ,there is a happy medium in there you may have lost low end QT,als,,,, best is to buy engineered baffles that work in your tubes or a new system or slip ons.. listen to sounds on tube,, whats out there .. good luck,,,
The age-old Harley stigma:Louder is better. We all love the Harley sound but to get loud you may sacrifice performance. There are numerous after-market pipes that will improve performance and change sound but you cannot really do both. Drag pipes are the loudest but would be lousy looking on your Roadking and you lose mid-range response. Pipes have to be tuned and it is an exacting science. Best bet is to go to J&P Cycles website and look at all the pipes. Call their tech support and ask what they recommend. Here is an excellent web site
The best solution to this in order to keep performance and sound qualities is to replace your current exhaust. tho the screamin eagle exhaust systems allow more flow, they are not up to a racing par along with vance and hines or thunder header or so on screamin eagle is kept in guidelines under the epa so sound is on the lesser side and so is performance, i would check out thunderheader.net their systems are the best performing and sound 100% amazing i will warn you that they are not the prettiest things out their tho other than that there is on some model screamin eagle exhausts is a small allen button head screw that will remove the baffles. and some don't
Inadvisable. The stock exhaust system and the engine jetting / calibration are balanced for the best"compromise" performance. Removing the baffles will change the exhaust pressures and upset things. It may sound more powerful because it will generate more noise but that's all. If you want a better sound AND better performance change the complete exhaust system and have the induction system matched to the new pipes.
Im not very familiar with your specific bike, but I do know what your problem is.cobra pipes are usually a straight-through design, meaning they have no muffler. the ones that do have a muffler usually have a very small one. smaller mufflers mean less fiberglass packing inside to absorb all of that noise. if your not too concerned about performance, then your best bet would be to go back to a factory exhaust. thats going to be the quietest one that you can use. Im sure there are also aftermarket systems available that also use a good muffler for noise control, but pretty much any aftermarket pipe is going to be louder then the factory setup. they are designed to give your engine more performance, which means less restriction for the xhaust gasses, which also means more noise due to the more open design of the pipes. Im not sure if your bike comes carbureted or fuel injected, but keep in ind that any exhaust changes made to a carbureted engine will require carburetor jetting adjustments to compensate for the change in exhaust flow. now, if you decide that your willing to lose just a tiny bit of performance for a quieter ride, then you may be able to find a used stock system on ebay for a very reasonable price. or if you want to stay aftermarket, then most companies test the sound levels of their exhaust pipes. by contacting the manufacturers, you should be able to obtain and compare the sound decible levels for different exhaust companies to find one that meets your needs.
One thing to consider is that the remus importer, maxmoto, seem like really good guys and I know they have good customer service. I have the remus, I didn't buy it from him, but he really helped me out, and gave me a great deal on a couple things I needed.
Yoshimura's stuff is the best under the sun. Be sure to order the TEC kit if you get it. It gives you two sound inserts. The smallest makes the bike as quiet as stock. Best fit and finish there is as well!