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  1. zgooderpum
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    Hi,....I'm one of the new kids on the block. I have an 08 V1100 Custom that I would like to modify a little and maybe someone out there can help me.

    I want to remove the baffles from the mufflers. I haven't talked to any one that has done it and how it worked afterwords. I would appreciate any input.

  2. kzdar37
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    There are several who have done this and been very satisfied. It won't quite give you the rumble of a full exhaust replacement, but its much better than stock. And, if you install PODs to increase the intake, you can get a little performance boost as well.

    A little writeup on the process sloneservices.com/SilverBack/VStar1100-FAQ-03.htm#Stock.

    good luck!

    Glen

    Quick edit: If you go to Jack Phelps page linked on the site above there are sound clips before and after the mod. Maybe that will help you make up your mind about whether or not to proceed...

  3. vgink18054
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    I done the exhaust mod on my 07 1100 classic last summer and i am pleased and see no reason to go out and buy aftermarket exhaust.
    but that is my personal opinion and when it all comes down to it you have to decide what you like.

  4. zgooderpum
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    Hey kzdar37,.....thanks for the input. The more I think about it,...the more I'll end up doing it. Just have one more question and forgive my ignorance,.....what are POD's?.

  5. bkman
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    Skooter - you need to do something to those pipes, man

    I had my 2008 a week before I was ordering new pipes. I was going to just pull out the baffles, but I just didn't have the time to fuss with it, AND I am one of those people (there are relatively few) who thinks the OEM exhaust looks too over-bearing. They look like blinged fire extinguishers to me, or ram-jet engines (which maybe isn't so bad). Anyway, the OEM exhaust was just too quiet for my taste and I wanted to see more of the swing-arm rear suspension.

    If you want to wake up your engine a little, at least punch those mufflers out (get the baffles out of them) and then you can realize the benefit of a jet kit or intake system. POD systems are just one of many choices. They are little air filters that sit right on top of your carbs - completely bypassing the crazy labyrinth of intake plumbing that comes on the bike. POD air filters let the carbs inhale air directly from under the tank. It's probably a trade-off because the air under there is, no doubt, much warmer than the air you'd get from the OEM setup, but the net gain still justifies the means, IMHO. I noticed a rather substantial improvment in performance once I did an exhaust and intake on my bike.

    Also, the OEM air filter housing and cover can stay in place (with a POD system) so the look of the bike will not change at all. I did the Maxair system on my bike, and it works very, very well. There are other good systems out there, too. The Hyper-charger, Barons and Slone Services kits are also good choices. Each has its good and bad features, just make sure you do your homework before you jump into this. You have to make sure you get the engine jetted correctly because, if it is wrong, the engine will never run right and it could even be damaged.

    You will probably not need to re-jet if you just punch out the OEM exhaust. It would serve you well to converse with others who have done this, but I doubt that removing the baffles would create an overly lean situation. Supposedly, it is not a good idea to remove your AIS hardware or your carb solenoids if the OEM mufflers are left in place. As I understand it, this can create a very dangerous situation for you and your bike. There are catalytic converters in those mufflers, and apparently they can overheat and start a fire if the AIS and carb solenoids are modified or removed.

  6. zgooderpum
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    bkman,......thanks for the info.
    I don't want to sound like a dummy about some of this stuff, but when you have been out of the biking world for almost 40 years, you to be re-taught a lot of this.

    Again thanks.

  7. quicgmicg
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    bkman,......thanks for the info. I don't want to sound like a dummy about some of this stuff, but when you have been out of the biking world for almost 40 years, you to be re-taught a lot of this. Again thanks.
    No dummies here! We are here to help and the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. bkman always has great advice and he is right on target.

    Just a word of warning. Once you start making modifications, you'll never be able to stop! LOL... Good luck with the project.

  8. kzdar37
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    Hey kzdar37,.....thanks for the input. The more I think about it,...the more I'll end up doing it. Just have one more question and forgive my ignorance,.....what are POD's?.
    PODs are replacement air filters. They let you do away with the dog bowl set which is a restrictive intake. They are usually a set of K&N filters that either go under the tank, or can stick out the side, ala the OCC type that you often see on the show.

    Don't worry about not knowing this stuff yet. I am sure the knowledge around here and elsewhere will have you expert in no time. Just keep asking questions. :-)

    Glen

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