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Anyone successfully de-baffled a 1700 CLASSIC LT?

I have done a lot of searching and I see tons of posts & videos where guys have de-baffled everything but a 1700 Classic LT. Then I found a thread where someone ran into a ton of trouble on a 1700.

I love the look of my pipes but want to get them sounding better.

So has anyone successfully done the deed on a Classic LT?

Yeah, I know I should just buy a set of slip ons but the truth is that my finances are tighter than a banjo string So I want to go this route first.
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I have removed 4 of the six, just need a hole saw and extension. You can get to two from the rear of the muflers and you need to remove the mufflers to get the front ones.
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Just because it is louder doesn't mean it will sound better. A tuned aftermarket exhaust can sound great without being over the top loud and making the bike sound like a '72 pickup with a hole in the muffler. I see you are in Flint Michigan. Just read an article claiming that it is the most violent city in the US.

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I see you are in Flint Michigan. Just read an article claiming that it is the most violent city in the US.
Yeah, it can get a little "sporty" around these parts. My two rules are Go armed and keep my head on a swivel.
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Just because it is louder doesn't mean it will sound better. A tuned aftermarket exhaust can sound great without being over the top loud and making the bike sound like a '72 pickup with a hole in the muffler. I see you are in Flint Michigan. Just read an article claiming that it is the most violent city in the US.
+1 and also -1. LOL.

Sometimes debaffled can sound really good. Sometimes it can sound awful. OP, if you can't be reasonably sure it's going to sound good, you should be prepared to buy some aftermarket pipes anyway. A debaffle is irreversible!

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I have done a lot of searching and I see tons of posts & videos where guys have de-baffled everything but a 1700 Classic LT. Then I found a thread where someone ran into a ton of trouble on a 1700.

I love the look of my pipes but want to get them sounding better.

So has anyone successfully done the deed on a Classic LT?

Yeah, I know I should just buy a set of slip ons but the truth is that my finances are tighter than a banjo string So I want to go this route first.
Debaffling using a hole saw on the centre plates can be risky on a Classic/Classic LT.

I removed the back two centre plates from each muffler on my Classic LT with a 1.25" hole saw and it sounded great, until it was warmed up. Then I got a high pitched chirp on decel. I know of at least one other 1700 owner who got the same results.

After a lot of experimentation, I was able to jam a 1.38" diameter sink crumb cup in the previous location of the end centre disk on each muffler. This finally cured the chirp on decel. I get a nice low rumble that is not too loud, but some decel burble is noticeable after the engine is really warm...not loud popping, but annoying. Richening up my Bully has helped some, but not totally.

If you are going to risk debaffling, just remove the end centre disk from each muffler and see how that sounds. If I were to do it again, that's as far as I would go.
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32mm hole saw on an extension bar and drill right up to the cats...the pipes are too long to be obnoxious loud. My aussie bike ran better for it but all the significant improvement came with a fuel controller.

it's turned the bike from...farting through a drinking straw..to a really responsive motor and I found that I seem to be able,,through the fuel controller, change the power deliver to suit a riding style. The motor will never be a fire breathing 100hp plus HD, but pretty dam good socialable ride.
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I did not know there were fire breathing 100 HP Harleys any where ?


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Not true on no 100 hp fire breathing harleys...i have one

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Not true on no 100 hp fire breathing harleys...i have one

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hahaha...every HD is a fire breathing 100 ponnies...that's the sales pitch..

how do you know a HD owner is at a party ?...just wait they'll find you......

sorry dday, but that a running joke here...

all seriousness...a few mates do have HD's....and to much money...their HDs are loud...very fast....and fun....not for touring though
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