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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Debaffling a 2010 1700 Nomad

Does anyone have any info or advice about debaffling my Nomad,how much louder would the bike become,is it reversible etc?Thanks for the help people
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Does anyone have any info or advice about debaffling my Nomad,how much louder would the bike become,is it reversible etc?Thanks for the help people
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Just take out the very centre baffles, 2 to remove from the rear and 1 to remove from the engine side.
You will have to remove the right hand muffler to get to the one on the engine side, dont remove the Cats. (honeycomb looking material). The baffles sit either side of the Cats. Theres 1 Cat in each pipe.
Its a bit hard to remove the baffle on the left hand muffler engine side because you have to cut the curved section of the pipe. I left that one in.
You can use a hole saw to remove them if you like, i just knocked them out with a large screw driver and a long piece of round bar, sharpened on one end.
If you look up the centre of the pipe you will see what i mean, they look a bit like a welsh plug found on car engines.
A bit bigger than a 20c piece.
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My Honest suggestion is "DON"T DO IT" Just be patient & start saving your money NOW to buy aftermarker exhaust. It's the only way you'll get the sound your looking for. You'll never be totally happy with de-baffled stock exhaust. I speak from experience & am being honest. I debaffled mine & wound up with aftermarket not long after. Do a search & read them you'll see that most that have debaffled were only temporarily satisfied.

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My Honest suggestion is "DON"T DO IT" Just be patient & start saving your money NOW to buy aftermarker exhaust. It's the only way you'll get the sound your looking for. You'll never be totally happy with de-baffled stock exhaust. I speak from experience & am being honest. I debaffled mine & wound up with aftermarket not long after. Do a search & read them you'll see that most that have debaffled were only temporarily satisfied.
Thanks Steammaker, I debaffled the Roadstar, loved the sound, but because I had the Cobra Longshots sitting in the garage for 3 years, I decided to put them on.
The original pipes debaffled, sounded better, had a deeper note, but not as loud, but loud enough
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Steam maker, i beg to differ. I've had mine debaffled since new, i looove the sound and performance inprovement.
I find its just nice without being obnoxious. Each to there own i suppose. I wouldnt spend money on aftermarket simply because i havent heard any that sound any good to me.
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Would be great if someone in your area could let you hear what debaffled sounds like. Different bike but my 800 is debaffled and have been asked many times what pipes I have because they liked the sound. To me te aftermarket pipes always seem to have a higher pitch note to them, where mine have a deeper tone. But each persons preference is diffferent. Can always get aftermarket, but dont think you can reinstall stock baffles.
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I'm curious if there are any picture instructions or videos out there about how to remove the baffles on a 1700. They're everywhere on the 1600's and 1500's, but I haven't seen any for a 1700 bike. I did mine on my old Nomad, but I don't feel confident messing with my Voyager because I don't quite understand the process.

I loved the difference removing the baffles made on the Nomad. I would be just as happy with similar results on the Voyager.


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So it seems there is a little interest in this topic,I met up with Damo222 a few weekends ago and had a listen to his bike,I liked the sound,not too loud and a nice deep note.I went home that day,grabbed a 32mm holesaw with an extender,removed the exhausts from the bike and drilled out the two rear baffles.Got an instant performance increase,as well as fuel economy,and a nice sound as well.Damo has removed the front baffle on one side as well as the two rears on his bike,and has a barely noticeable volume increase over mine,so I'm contemplating drilling out the front two as well.If I get around to it any time soon I'll post my thoughts on it.
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So it seems there is a little interest in this topic,I met up with Damo222 a few weekends ago and had a listen to his bike,I liked the sound,not too loud and a nice deep note.I went home that day,grabbed a 32mm holesaw with an extender,removed the exhausts from the bike and drilled out the two rear baffles.Got an instant performance increase,as well as fuel economy,and a nice sound as well.Damo has removed the front baffle on one side as well as the two rears on his bike,and has a barely noticeable volume increase over mine,so I'm contemplating drilling out the front two as well.If I get around to it any time soon I'll post my thoughts on it.
And i live nearly half way between.
Will have to catch up, so as I can have a listwen as well
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