exhaust recomendations

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by 98fat, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. 98fat

    98fat Active Member

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    I know this has been covered many times before, but would like a recomendation for a better exhaust system for low end performance. I have read alot of the other posts on this issue. I have a 98 fatboy with a Dave Mackie dm500 cam (bolt in) and Vance and Hines big shot stagger exhaust (no baffles). Jetted CV carb. The thing suffers from lack luster performance until the cam kicks in at about 3800 rpm. Looking for low end torque. I could order baffles for the Vance system but would rather look at another system. Thinking about a Vance Pro pipe (chrome).

    Thoughts.
     
  2. mmowrey

    mmowrey Member

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    The D&D fat cat 2 into 1 was the best money I spent on my bike by far, felt like a different ride after the install. Lots of bottom end and i can actually feel the bike pulling in 6th gear.
     
  3. hogrotten

    hogrotten Junior Member

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    +2, with the exception I'm running the samson caliber 2-1's. Also as mentioned the best money I've spent on my bike.
     
  4. dino769

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    98fat,
    I'm running a 2 into 1 Vance and Hines Pro Pipe HS on my 1994 Softail. I totally love the performace with this pipe. It has great torque and has a good sound also. I'm running the competition baffle in it also. V/H has a new Pro Pipe BS, which is suppose to eliminate the slight gold bluing in the center of the baffle. I was running a Thunderheader before the V/H Pro pipe. Got rid of the TH becuse it kept buring ignition modules as the rear pipe wraps the cone on the Softtail. Not to mention the bluing of the pipes out of the cylinders without any great covers avaliable. The Pro Pipe is worth the money, Chrome looks great and hold up. I would reccomend it as I have been running it on my Softtail (FXSTC) for years.
     
  5. UGSBUE

    UGSBUE Member

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    since we're talking pipes...i'm looking at the V&H Big Radius for my 08 FXSTC...
    any experience/thoughts appreciated - everything is OEM at the present time...

    thank you
     
  6. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Hey Hobbit, you need more black on that bike. :s
     
  7. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    It does rate very high in the cool factor though. And more importantly, it looks scary fast. I guess my bike could look scary fast except I ride it like a grandma. :newsmile011::laugh
     
  8. UGSBUE

    UGSBUE Member

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    Thanks Hobbit,

    When you say "fueler" i assume you mean fuel-management (correct?). And yes, i will do a full stage-I type upgrade including air-in, fuel-manage, and exhaust-out...

    Thank you for the feedback!
     
  9. 98fat

    98fat Active Member

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    Thanks everyone, I have looked at the PRO Pipe HS but didn't want the blue problem. The BP pipe isn't made for a 98 (old bike I guess). I am looking at the Big Radius 2 to 1, has a removable baffle and is "blueproof" for the entire length, and has similiar performance according to the Vance people. I would like to hear one in person before buying. Curious if the D and D has a problem with the blues.
     
  10. chopperfreak

    chopperfreak New Member

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    i have a 2002 nightrain with the following mods. S&S direct drive gear kit.(replaces cam chain tensioners) 510 grind cams. Adjustable pushrods...(to accomodate the cams) High flow air filter. Thundermax ECM and closed loop system with the O2 ports. Black 2 into 1 D&D fat cat exhaust.

    The bike pulls good and sounds decent. i used to have samson shortys on my bike and it sounded LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS but i wasnt getting enough pony's. So swapped the stuff out, re-mapped the ECM and rode it. Definite difference in torque and horses. still pulls hard 100 mph and has good torque range. Gonna try to post some pics, but im new...so may not work. "the Jewish Indian" DSC00002.jpg

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