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post #1 of 60 Old 02-27-2008, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Santa dressed up as a Fed Ex dude just left me a present...LOL

It will be Sunday night before we get started on it, but thought I would pass along some pics and thoughts.

The Box


Everything was packed nicely and neatly.


I even got a KLR650.com Key ring.


The Quiet Insert, I am curious to see how well this works, have heard reports it doesn't do a whole lot.


Also in line with another report in here..the Airfilter is absolutely soaked in oil. I am going to have to buy a kit and clean it and then re-oil it correctly.


The Stage 1 and Stage 2 Jet kit, nice lil storage box to help keep factory stuff in.


And finally the contents of the box, the Can itself and the mounting hardware.


The Muffler looks very well made and not cheaply assembled. The screws on either end are Allen head screws made to be easily removed for repacking I assume if needed, at least they aren't rivets . The connecting pipe is stainless. It feels like the whole box with everything in it is still HALF the weight of the OEM pipe.

More to come once I get it all assembled.

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post #2 of 60 Old 02-27-2008, 09:27 PM
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Looks like real quality hardware. I'll look forward to hearing how your bike runs after the upgrade. Is that a jet kit in the small plastic case?

I'd also love to hear if it affects the gas mileage when all is said and done.

Good luck - I'll bet it sounds great!
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Yes that is the kit in the plastic container. From what I have heard from several people with exhaust and breather upgrades, you will see a good increase in midrange torque but a lil bit of loss on the top end, and a 2 - 4 mpg loss, but for the improved performance and a bike already getting 50+ MPG I can live with all the negatives. Will keep everyone posted.

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Looks cool bro. Hope the gains are there for ya. Hope not cause then my wallet will start bleeding again.
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Hey DXKLR your quiet module insert is different than mine. Yours has 12 holes drilled around the perimeter. Maybe yours won't tweet like mine. What size are those holes?
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They look to be about 3/8 inch... You might be able to drill yours out, I am assuming the piece is aluminum. That is the same size holes I drilled into my factory pipe to keep the dreaded tweety out of mine and so far it has worked great.

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Finally had a chance to go and install the exhaust, air filter and jet kit today. The pipe was a breeze to install, very easy and straight forward.

Pipe installed:


First shot of pipe installed without insert.


The insert is also quite easy to install. You are required to drill a whole in the end piece to accept the retaining screw to hold the insert in. A rubber mallet was all that was needed to persuade the O-ring into place.


Next the Air filter was installed.


Then we proceeded to remove the seat and tank to gain easier access to the Carb. I do not have any pictures of this procedure. I just plain forgot to get some. But with everything out of the way and loosened up, we took the float bowl off and removed the factory Jet. It's size was a 148. The Jet kit suggested using the stage 2 jet which was a 150 if the exhaust and open element filter are used together. Then it says to open the idle fuel mixture screw out 3 1/2 turns. Since my bike had been running a lil rich to begin with I only opened the screw 3 turns. I did not install the adjustable needle or do the drilling suggested in the instructions. I thought I would see how the bike ran with this setup first and then if needed I could install the needle and washers. The bike fired right up easily with no backfiring. We rode it without the insert first. It has a very STRONG BARK to the sound. I personally loved it, but some people might not like it. The seat of the pants feel told me there was a definate increase in torque and power, and the RPM response was much quicker off the throttle. My buddy was easily able to lift the front tire WAY up in the air without clutching in first gear, just simply rolling on the throttle hard and easily pulling back on the bars. We then proceeded to install the quiet insert. There is a definate difference in sound output, but it is by no means quiet as the stock exhaust. It still has a great sound, just not as loud as without the insert. We left the insert in. I am going to ride the bike in this configuration for awhile and see what the plug looks like. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the pipe, the quality, the ease of installation and the seat of the pants improvement in performance. I personally will recommend this pipe to anyone looking for a good quality exhaust, that will do more than just look pretty. I hope this helps anyone looking into purchasing an exhaust. Feel free to ask any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. Thanks for putting up with my rambling and personal opinions on this project.

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Did you notice any kind of whistley tweet sound with the quiet insert in?
Did your directions say which side of the quiet insert faces out, tapered or flat?
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Good stuff. Thanks for the great way you share pics and info.
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Did you notice any kind of whistley tweet sound with the quiet insert in?
Did your directions say which side of the quiet insert faces out, tapered or flat?
There was no tweety once the insert was in all the way. The directions stated the flat side went into the exhaust with the concave side out.

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