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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question on De-baffling the pipes on a Voyager

I have read and read and while I get the general idea I still don't feel comfortable enough to take a hole saw to my stock pipes of my Voyager. I did this on my 2006 Nomad and was comfortable taking it on because there was multiple threads with pictures and videos on the subject. I have read enough to know that the process on the 1700 pipes is nothing like doing the 1600 pipes.

This made such a huge difference on my Nomad that I would love to get similar results in my Voyager.

Does anybody know of a picture laden set of instructions on de-baffling the 1700 pipes? Videos would be even better! Thanks for any help you can provide!


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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 02:20 AM
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Did you try youtube? Am sure its been done.


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Dime a dozen on YouTube for the 1600 and 900. Nothing on the 1700.


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grip it and rip it! you could be the first video on the tube. i helped my buddy do his 1600 without a video and besides some bloody knuckles it came out fine

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I was also looking for a video "how too", but once you hold a 1 1/4" hole saw to the inside of the pipe...you'll realize just how simple it is. You have to get an arbor extension from home depot and a hole saw. You're only cutting through thin pieces of sheet metal. First one you can see right at the rear, second one is further in about 4inches if I remember. The trick is be real easy on the second one, as there is catalytic material beyond that one and you don't want to cut that(or at least I didn't).

The first metal plate came out still attached to the hole saw. Removed it with a screwdriver and did the second one. the second one didn't come out attached to the hole saw and it's probably still in there. A buddy of mine did his and had the same result. Sounds much better, but is definately not a loud bike.

Don't overthink it. It's really not a complicated modification. Just do it (like Nike says)
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I was also looking for a video "how too", but once you hold a 1 1/4" hole saw to the inside of the pipe...you'll realize just how simple it is. You have to get an arbor extension from home depot and a hole saw. You're only cutting through thin pieces of sheet metal. First one you can see right at the rear, second one is further in about 4inches if I remember. The trick is be real easy on the second one, as there is catalytic material beyond that one and you don't want to cut that(or at least I didn't).

The first metal plate came out still attached to the hole saw. Removed it with a screwdriver and did the second one. the second one didn't come out attached to the hole saw and it's probably still in there. A buddy of mine did his and had the same result. Sounds much better, but is definately not a loud bike.

Don't overthink it. It's really not a complicated modification. Just do it (like Nike says)
I need a little more info on this..do I take the mufflers off? or, do I leave them on and drill from the rear. I can take a light and look for which one is just inside and the one that is not, no problem, but not sure which end to drill.
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I believe I read on here last week that there are 2 from the back side, then the catalitic converter. If you take the mufflers off, I think I remember them saying there were 1 or 2 more on that end. You should make a very noticable difference from just the back side without removing the mufflers.
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I believe I read on here last week that there are 2 from the back side, then the catalitic converter. If you take the mufflers off, I think I remember them saying there were 1 or 2 more on that end. You should make a very noticable difference from just the back side without removing the mufflers.
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I did mine without removing pipes. Drill from the backside. pretty easy
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I did my vaquero same pipes without takin them off just make sure the arber is tite so the hole saw don't fall off. If is does I used a magnet to get it I used 1 1/4 bi metal hole saw for mine some say they used 1 1/2 but that bearly fits the hole. Sounds better not loud its ease to do don't sweet it.

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