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post #51 of 71 Old 07-04-2018, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by 2wheeltrcktor View Post
I hate to say but,,I started my pipe mods by taking out the tweeter center tube,,sounded a bit better but still kindof sewing machine like. Then I saw a vid of some guy who cut open an entire klr stock exsaust,,and I couldnt believe how choked the flow is at the back of the pipe. Looked on the web a bit and saw a vid of a guy who installed a glass pack from the connector back 1/2{next to rear brake fluid tank} and it was a nice sound,,but will he burn valves? Sounded like a Ducati,,nice low thump rumble.Im thinkin of tryin something similar
You could do that; a few issues with that solution though;

- weight; the main reason I went with an aftermarket silencer on my KLR's was to save 5-7 lbs. A glasspack or other automotive muffler will likely be much heavier

- Spark arrestor; without a spark arrestor you are illegal on most trail systems in the US and Canada.

- USFS compliance; tied into the spark arrestor issue, the USFS stamp allows you to ride in areas that are inspected.

....those are the biggies though worrying about routing and connections so you don't melt stuff (especially the airbox) are also issues.

My suggestion is to keep it stock or use a good known silencer like the LeoVince X3 or the Lexx if you're on a tighter budget

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post #52 of 71 Old 07-05-2018, 09:49 AM
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I have a cheap ebay glasspack on mine. You can order spark arrestors to install. After a year or so it's pretty loud but I like it. It's Brrrraptastic!
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post #53 of 71 Old 07-05-2018, 09:59 AM
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Loud pipes on a Ducati v-twin are awesome when you rumble through a bridge-tunnel in like, Mobile, AL or Norfolk, VA. Harley loud pipes are just obnoxious. Headers and cammed motor on a LS2 GTO, like I have, are always awesome. Loundness from a Honda Civic is annoying. Loudness from a KLR 650 is....I don't really have a judgement there.

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post #54 of 71 Old 07-05-2018, 10:20 AM
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Anybody whose pipes that are louder than my pipes are obnoxious
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post #55 of 71 Old 07-05-2018, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by roadrash83 View Post
Anybody whose pipes that are louder than my pipes are obnoxious
Yah, and anyone with quieter ones is an old man...
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post #56 of 71 Old 07-05-2018, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by outdoorgb View Post
Yah, and anyone with quieter ones is an old man...
Yeah, I am almost 60 and my hair is turning gray.

But I have been riding my OEM stock exhaust KLR since I was 28 years young.

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #57 of 71 Old 10-26-2019, 08:50 PM
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I believe load pipes are best
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post #58 of 71 Old 10-26-2019, 08:51 PM
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I also made my own baffle so that lowers the db
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post #59 of 71 Old 10-26-2019, 09:11 PM
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Ok, check out the "Trail Saver" insert for the Lexx Exhaust, I swear its quieter than the stocker.


Please do not lecture me on the effects of temperature and density altitude on an internal combustion engine -Thank you.

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post #60 of 71 Old 10-27-2019, 06:55 AM
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It's amazing how many motorcycles need to be constantly revved at stoplights to keep them from dying. I'm glad mine idles dependably..........

Loud things in public spaces are nothing more than a blatant display of the owner's disrespect for those around him/her whether it be an extremely loud motorcycle, a Honda Civic with a Homey Pipe, a Glasspacked "superchipped" Dodge Ram or any vehicles with a thumping stereo you can hear and feel from 2 blocks away even when they have their windows rolled up. Or, most annoying of all, a motorcycle with a stereo blasting loud enough to overcome the sound of the loud pipes.....

It comforts me to believe there's a special place in Hell for people like this: forever subjected to a deafening and never-ending loop of Minnie Riperton's Loving You. and Starship's We Built This City.
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