Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Fair Oaks, Caliphornia
I'm 56 and shinny/fluttery is a good thing when done right. I like my ride now just the way it is with its current farkles. I didn't change my pipes for the sake of noise (Cobra 2 into 1 Power Pro's) or looks. I wanted less pipe to help make things easier for cleaning and maintenance (I also have ghost brackets on my bags for the same reason). Less pipe also means less chance of my passanger having a mishap with hot pipes. They were loud as hell afterwards so I added the Smartparts baffle (sealed around the outer edge with muffler putty). They're now about the amount of loudness as stage 1 to 2 debaffled stock pipes with a better sound.
If you like the looks and sound of stock, shop on eBay and you can probably replace you pies for less than $100 or even get some aftermarket ones cheap. If you want a different look and sound, then replace them. I do know that when you pull the stock pipes, you'll be surprised what you'll find behind the heat shield (some pretty skinny headers). As for cross-over, probably no big deal either way. Since I'm running 2 into 1, not an issue in my case. At the moment I'm very pleased with the pipes and have been complimented on their sound on group rides. If I were to do it again, I would go the same way as I achieved what I wanted with a bonus. You ride it and the only person you have to please is you. Anything else is psycho-babble. BTW, there's nothing wrong with being 26 or 56 and looking really kewl, just as long as you're happy and of course get out there, ride and enjoy it all.
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