Update on the pipes saga!
I got the pipes back from RoadBurner early last week, and just this weekend I've had the time to really inspect them, and finally mount them on the bike.
I can tell you the coating is much sturdier , it is what I was expecting the first time. Originally, any incidental contact with any other metallic surface would leave a clear white scratch, and if you picked at it with your fingernail, the coating would come right off.
This time, that is not the case. I took off the end caps and checked the coating by scratching a small location that was not really visible. The coating did not come off at all.
The coating seems to be much more resilient to chips too. The first time I put the pipes on every single little bump would cause a chip to pop off. This time, no such thing. I even had the misfortune of dropping the front head pipe (yes, I'm a klutz and a moron, I know) and not a single chip popped off the coating. WAY different than the last time. All that happened was some small scratches that did not go through to the metal. I also discovered that some Hi-Temp BBQ grill paint in matte black blends in perfectly and covered the scratches completely!
I put them on the bike and went for a 15 minute ride. No chips or cracks at the end, and the pipes look pristine!
Here are some pics:
I also bought some SmartPartz Quiet Baffles to try and knock the loud down a bit, and here is where I have hit a snag. The end caps on the pipes are not the same size! The baffle fit perfectly into the front pipe, but the rear pipe end cap has a smaller ID that the front cap. The ID on the front cap is 2.13 inches, while the rear cap is 1.92 inches! I thought about grinding down the inner portion of the cap, but I figured that is not going to work since I don't have a conical shaped grinding stone, and I don't have a lathe either. Luckily there is a metal shop close by that has a lathe and will widen the ID for me. Should only cost me about $30 or so.
So far I am extremely pleased with the results. This time around the coating is exactly what I was expecting, and the folks at RoadBurner/DG Performance have been outstanding with their customer service.
Merry Christmas to all, and thank you everyone for your comments and insights! Learned a lot thanks to great comments here!