X PIPE - cat delete from Free Spirits - Triumph Bobber Forum
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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Today i had the pleasure of dealing with Nick from AR HARLEY & SONS (UK based)
Very friendly and super fast response to all my questions.

I bought the x pipe from him:

https://www.harleycustom.co.uk/produ...et-twin-088305

Shipping out this afternoon, so hopefully i will have it installed by the end of next week & can post a report.

I also came across this interesting item:

https://www.harleycustom.co.uk/produ...pellent-304021
But i want to do some more research before i put a high(er) air flow on the bike.
Any input from you guys (who have more experience than I with custom bikes) would be appreciated!


Here are Nick´s contact details in case anyone else is interested:
Nick Isles
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AR Harley & Sons
[email protected]
www.harleycustom.com
www.harleycustom.co.uk
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It says the side panel needs to be shaved with the air cleaner... by how much though..?
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It says the side panel needs to be shaved with the air cleaner... by how much though..?
I think a small arc shape (like the curve of the pipe) has to be cut.
Saying that - they are only plastic panels and new ones can always be ordered if you want to put the bike back to standard one day.
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under side covers.
and with air filter flipped (for no reason except to show its an air filter)
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under side covers.
and with air filter flipped (for no reason except to show its an air filter)
I think i will order a set of the ´open´air filters.
Thet should sound pretty cool and its nice to have a modded Bobber. After all, thats what they are for!
Will take a couple of weeks though, as they are on back order in the UK.
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X PIPE arrived!
Already at the mechanic to have a service and install the de cat.
He said that my chain (is) loose, but that is to be expected on a new bike & its nothing out of the ordinary.
My feeling is that the chain will need to be adjusted quite often anyway.



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Looking forward to your report on how the install goes and how it sounds and feels.

Did you ever ask the dealer about your V&H mufflers discoloring?

I image that those will also sound way better once the cat is off the bike...
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Looking forward to your report on how the install goes and how it sounds and feels.

Did you ever ask the dealer about your V&H mufflers discoloring?

I image that those will also sound way better once the cat is off the bike...
I did not ask them about the discoloring.
And seeing as i´m probably going to drill holes in the non-removable baffles, i don´t see a point as they will put the blame on me regardless!
Note: I am NOT doing the decat/drilling in the Triumph dealersip. Obviously they will null and void all guarantees anyway, so i am doing it with my usual mechanic who also happens to be an ex moto-GP mechanic. So the guy knows his stuff (a bit )
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This is now the most interresting thread here by far!

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Ok..
The discoloration on the exhaust is from the build up of heat exactly next to the non-removable baffles.
It would seem that the US version V&H slip ons should not suffer from this problem as they have no baffles.
If the discoloration could have been avoided with the cat delete pipe, I cannot answer as i have had my V&H´s on for over 900km now.

Report on the cat xpipe soon! (Going to pick up the bike in a few hours...)
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