I just watched a video of this pipe. Nice looking pipe and sounds nice. Does it use rivets on the can or allen bolts? Any issues on clearance with the rear caliper?I have an 2014 new edition, full Vance and Hines exhaust, stage 1 jet kit and k&n air fill, love the sound, BBBBBRRRRRAAAPPPP!!!
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Nice write up. I'd buy the LeoVince in a second if I didn't have to trim the fender. I love the fact that it never needs repacking.There is a ton of info on KLR exhausts out there. You need to consider;
- noise; many are VERY noisy, i.e. 96db+
- packing; some consider repacking a big deal, some don't.....depends what you are doing with the bike to some extent; putting on 20,000 miles a year commuting and repacking is an issue, 2000 miles of trail riding = not so much. Only the stock pipe, LeoVince X3 or the Staintune don't require packing. The Staintune costs as much as a used KLR.
- weight; this was a big one for me, a quick way to pare down excess porkage up high. My Q4 weights 5.7 lbs (stocker is 11 lbs) and my LV X3 weighs 7.5 lbs.
- Spark arrestor; you should have one if you ever venture off pavement and you're not allowed on the trails here without one. Needs to be USFS compliant here. Both the Q4 and LV have the USFS stamp
- caliper clearance; the Q4 has a factory "dent" to clear the caliper. The LV doesn't but is spaced out enough to clear. I've seen cheap cans with a hole where the caliper has punched through when the suspension bottoms.
- there is no power to be gained with a different header despite any hype to the contrary, in fact there is very little power to be gained with a different silencer either.....figure 2-3 hp with the corresponding jetting changes. I've seen advertised hp gains of up to 6 which I'd suggest is a load of crap. I did mine because of the weight, looks and sound (I still like quiet but my bikes now sound like motorcycles rather than lawnmowers)
For a budget pipe (albeit one that needs packing), the Lexx with the enduro/quiet insert is said to be OK. Some guys repack with a combination of packing and SS wool and it's said to last much longer.
For me, the LeoVince is the best combination of looks, weight and sound. If a couple extra db (remember db increases are NOT linear) is acceptable, the Q4 is a nice pce, very light and easy to install.
hope this helps,
You didn't misinform me. Thanks for the reply. I love the sound of the XCR. And the brackets on the exhaust look beefy. Albeit, its getting hard to find websites that still carry the Vance and Hines. For whatever reason, a lot of sites clearanced them out. On the LeoVince, however, you actually have to modify the fender per the instructions.When I said crop it was more like a tad bit of shaving where the muffler melted not even an 1/8 of an inch deep semi circle in the fender, I did not chop cut and saw a large portion of my fender off. Get the LV, you will be happy, sorry to have misinformed you.
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FWIW, I didn't clearance my fender but it should have a small modification to prevent it from touching.You didn't misinform me. Thanks for the reply. I love the sound of the XCR. And the brackets on the exhaust look beefy. Albeit, its getting hard to find websites that still carry the Vance and Hines. For whatever reason, a lot of sites clearanced them out. On the LeoVince, however, you actually have to modify the fender per the instructions.
LOL! Never looked at it like that. I'm guilty. I'm one of those guys that has to hose it down every time I go off road. Habit I guess. Always had street bikes the last 20 years and was always keeping them shiny.Also, once it's melted out of the way you won't have to worry about it.