Exhaust system install

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by bikernick, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. bikernick

    bikernick Member

    I'm getting ready to by my wife a Fatboy Lo. I know that I want to add V&H Big Shot exhaust, Stage 1 Air Cleaner, and I will need to download the map or get a fuel controller. My question is, should I add this when I purchase the bike or buy the parts and install myself? While I do my own maintenance on my Road King, I've never done anything this extensive.

    I'd appreciate your opinions, pros and cons.
  2. Badgerbob

    Badgerbob Member

    The whole thing is very easy to do with basic tools. The download can be done after, it is complete. You can also ride it back to the stealer for this download as long as you don't twist the throttle to hard, or you can go the other route and buy a fuel controller.
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    The only difference would be the labor cost and the fact that anything installed at delivery would be warranted along with the bike.

    Instead of the dealer download, why not go with the TFI instead. It gives you a better running engine and it's not lean like the EPA download.

    EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection Controllers

    Lots of info on it in the self help area.
  4. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

    You may be able to swing a deal on the add-ons since you are buying a new bike and as Glider mentioned if the dealer installs them they should be under warranty. JMO
  5. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

    Agree w/others - check on price w/dealer (parts & labor) vs. buy & self-install. If it's reasonable & having assurance on warranty coverage is desireable - go for it. Otherwiswe, with basic knowledge, tools & service manual, who's not going to have fun wrenching on the new scoot. Your wife could lend a hand too (wrenching together). I upgraded all three (exhaust, air & TFI) last winter - anxiously waited for spring to test things out & everything worked as planned. Remember...help is only one post away...;)
  6. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

    I did the vance and hines, with the feul pack and stage 1 air cleaner. I dont have much experience working on bikes but that was a eazy and fun install .Im new here so I didnt know about the TFI, and the expert panel here..:newsmile096:
  7. bikernick

    bikernick Member

    STEVE07, you must be talking about one of the sporties because you can't come close to a FATBOY LO for that price.

    I'm heading to the dealer today to see what kind of deal they will offer.
  8. Mad Dog Jim

    Mad Dog Jim Banned

    $8500 has to be 883 Low... Twice that for the Fatboy
  9. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

    bikernick I don't know what they are charging nowadays for a dealer map download, but I agree with the above post on this. I have V&H's, SE A/C and a dealer map download and I'm still saving for a tuner. My bike runs good but a good tuner will do more to lower running temps (and other things).

    You might want to also check out TTS Mastertune or the new SE Tuner. You will need a PC (in case you are using a Mac). Course there used to be a card you could plug in a Mac that would run PC software, don't know anymore, would prolly cost too much. Good luck with it.
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Good choice Steve, I was thinking the same thing, but she fell in love with that Vespa...bless her heart! :small3d031: Ain't no Harley, but the smiles per mile equation still works...!:small3d002:

    For EFI, having user tuneable TFI is probably the best choice for Stage I fueler...and it may be had at a discount by your association with HDT...a real deal IMHO.:bigsmiley12: