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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Debaffle or New pipes??

I guess its an old question but here are the questions behind the question:

I have a '09 Vulcan 900 Custom - Mint is the word. Looks great, all stock for now. But i do want to mod a little bit. Starting with iso grips and pegs. I really think it can sound a loooooootttt better for a 900cc, so:

Should I debaffle?

a. Just debaffle first and if the sound isnt enough go for cobra or v&h
b. Dont debaffle its a waste of time, go for the cobra or v&h
c. Dont debaffle, if you have to sell it you can throw the original one back on - so go aftermarket
d. debaffle sounds great - just do it. No need to spend the money on c's and v&h's

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D- sounds great use that money on other accessories you think you might need.

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I've done both. I was happy with the debaffle with my helmet on but it sounded a bit too raspy (think cheap Honda Civic exhaust) without a helmet.

See the thread called dirt-cheap ebay pipes for examples/videos of both.

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I just finished the full debaffle on my 12vn900classic se. to me, the sound is great! im in love with them. all the youtube vids dont do the debaffled pipes justice. its plenty loud and has a nice deep tone to them. i just hope my neighbors arent pissed because i leave at 5am. if you can, find someone local that has a 900 with debaffled pipes. the $500 that would be spent on pipes are going towards something else on my bike
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thanks guys. i think the overal comments so far seems like debaffling is the way to go. does anyone have a picture of how the finished product looks? i see some cheesy versions on youtube where the aesthetics are hurt. my bike looks like it just came out of show room and dont want to ruin the looks. even though its only inside the pipes.

i am thinking paint black inside. thoughts??

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ya the ebay one not so sure. they look ok and some reviews on that thread dont seem too bad but i dont know.

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I vote B! A new set of pipes will look much better, and sound 5 times better!!!

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I painted the inside of my debaffled stock pipe with Rustoleum BBQ & stove 1200*F black paint. Held up fine for years and in my opinion looked great.

I dont really see the benefit of keeping stock pipes stock for resale value. I'd suggest trying the debaffle, doing each stage seperately. You can always drill more holes, but its damn near impossible to put them back in

If you dont like it, buy an exhaust. If you do like it, you saved some coin for other things.




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Did the stage 2 debaffle 2 weeks ago. Sounds great. 2010 custom

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How about option E? Buy a set of used V&H...half the price of new and sound way better than a full debaffle.

I did a full debaffle and thought it was 10x better than stock. However I bought V&H staggered off ebay for a little over $200 and I think they sound 10x better than a full debaffle.
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