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Hi guys,


I've spent a good hour or so browsing through this forum, and from what I've read, the British Customs range of slip ons seem to be the best on the market for my needs, significantly changing the exhaust note, and they're reasonably affordable (Straight Pipes & Turn Outs). I'm not a massive fan of the stock slash cuts with the heat shield, and I dislike branding/logos on silencers, so want something sleek, plain and simple, yet badass and old school.



I'm in the UK, and looking at purchasing these from Square Deals Ltd - https://www.squaredeals-ltd.co.uk/british-customs-bonneville-bobber-slash-cut--sku-bc902-054-black-45074-p.asp


My questions:


1) The 3rd & 4th images for that exhaust listing show a bolt on the frame, I understand it'll be a mount of sorts, but I thought they just fit straight into the cat/X Pipe?

2) How easy are they to fit, what do I need to remove to fit them?
3) Those with the BC Straight Pipes or Turn Outs, honestly, how obnoxious are they compared to a Harley, with and without a decat?
4) What other options are there, now 2018's coming to a close?



Thanks in advance!


Matt
 

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My questions:

1) The 3rd & 4th images for that exhaust listing show a bolt on the frame, I understand it'll be a mount of sorts, but I thought they just fit straight into the cat/X Pipe?

2) How easy are they to fit, what do I need to remove to fit them?
3) Those with the BC Straight Pipes or Turn Outs, honestly, how obnoxious are they compared to a Harley, with and without a decat?
4) What other options are there, now 2018's coming to a close?

Thanks in advance!

Matt
I haven't changed my stock exhaust yet but over the last year I've been very close to pulling the trigger, and out of all the pipes I've seen the BC drag turn outs are the ones I've been most interested in. Because of this this I must have watched and read everything that's available online. Plus I've been fortunate enough to see and hear a bike at the dealer's that had BC drags fitted. OK it wasn't a Bobber it was just a standard Bonneville but there can't be that much difference?

In answer to your questions:

1. The BC pipes bolt on in exactly the same way but unlike the OEM pipes they don't have a mounting point for the rubber side stand stop. With the BC pipes this stop goes on the frame not the pipe and that's what you see in the pictures.

2. By all accounts they're super easy to fit.

3. With the CAT in place they're not that much louder, however if you go for an X-pipe too then they will be much louder.


4. For branded pipes you've got:
1. V&H
2. Zard
3. Remus
4. Gasser

For unbranded, you've got.
1. BC drag, BC turn outs, and BC sleeper
2. Westlake turn outs
3. Trident

For all these pipes there are pros and cons but I don't think there's a bad choice amongst them, it all comes down what suites your style best. :nerd:
 

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I spoke to some guys that work at BC ant they said the the straight pipes and the slash cut that they make are recommended with out an x pipe. The sleeper pros also from British Customs were created to be used with an x pipe.
Personally I think the slash cuts look tough as ****!
 

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I spoke to some guys that work at BC ant they said the the straight pipes and the slash cut that they make are recommended with out an x pipe.
Is this right?:surprise:

From everything I've read everyone else recommends a slip-on with some sort of a baffle when used in conjunction with an x-pipe, to at least take the noise down a bit and presumably to provide some back pressure. I know a lot of people on here really like the Vance and Hines when used with an x-pipe so I would think from the British Custom range if you want to go without a CAT the Sleeper Pros would be the better option.
 

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Slash cut BC’s are def louder even if you keep the stock cats. Not obnoxious though if you are conservative with the throttle. Open it up and you get a deep crackle, and the popping is way more noticeable on decel. Love mine. Had a hard time with one of the bolts under the bike, strange angle for a regular wrench. Not bad though over all.
 

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The BCs are pretty much a straight pipe, so without the cat they're super loud. I was sold on the Vance & Hines with the x-pipe until I heard the Gassers exhaust. The Gassers/x-pipe combo just had the sound for me. I love the V&H too, but the Gassers was quite a bit less expensive, so I went that route.

This is mine: (click on the "watch this video on youtube" link if it doesn't play automatically for you)
 

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"From everything I've read everyone else recommends a slip-on with some sort of a baffle when used in conjunction with an x-pipe, to at least take the noise down a bit and presumably to provide some back pressure. I know a lot of people on here really like the Vance and Hines when used with an x-pipe so I would think from the British Custom range if you want to go without a CAT the Sleeper Pros would be the better option."

Yes you're right, that's what I said. The sleeper pros with the baffle are the ones the BC recommend with an x pipe.
 

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I haven't changed my stock exhaust yet but over the last year I've been very close to pulling the trigger, and out of all the pipes I've seen the BC drag turn outs are the ones I've been most interested in. Because of this this I must have watched and read everything that's available online. Plus I've been fortunate enough to see and hear a bike at the dealer's that had BC drags fitted. OK it wasn't a Bobber it was just a standard Bonneville but there can't be that much difference?

In answer to your questions:

1. The BC pipes bolt on in exactly the same way but unlike the OEM pipes they don't have a mounting point for the rubber side stand stop. With the BC pipes this stop goes on the frame not the pipe and that's what you see in the pictures.

2. By all accounts they're super easy to fit.

3. With the CAT in place they're not that much louder, however if you go for an X-pipe too then they will be much louder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWhSGE3OG28

4. For branded pipes you've got:
1. V&H
2. Zard
3. Remus
4. Gasser

For unbranded, you've got.
1. BC drag, BC turn outs, and BC sleeper
2. Westlake turn outs
3. Trident

For all these pipes there are pros and cons but I don't think there's a bad choice amongst them, it all comes down what suites your style best. :nerd:
Thanks for this dude, super helpful!
 

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How is the fit for the gasser pipes? I heard that they are not a seamless looking fit? Is that true?
Fresh out of the box, there's a little bit of a gap between the Gassers exhaust and the Triumph factory heat shield. The heat shield is thin metal, so it's pretty easy to bend it to a little bit of a tighter curve to fit nicely with the new pipe.
 

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I have the BC drag pipes and Super Corse Xpipe. They sound great. The xpipe is the hardest part of the mod. The pipes are easy to install. If you just change the pipes, it’s pribably an hour max job and that’s probably too long.

You’ll love the sound, but if your anticipating anything close to the Harley sound you’ll be disappointed. Harley’s sound comes from the design of the motor as well as the pipes. I was just happy that I couldn’t hear the engine anymore. A bit embarrassing pulling up to another bike and all you can hear is there’s. Now I can pull up to a Harley and I can hear my bike over there’s.

It’s loud, but it’s a different loud than Harley. You also can’t beat the price of the Drag pipes.
 

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I'm technically inept when it comes to using a spanner or socket set and it took me 30m to fit the BC shotguns to my bobber (1st set into the country), tho mine did not come with nuts to attach where the OE exhaust was bolted. The OE nuts are welded onto the pipe, so while I say 30m there was a 7h wait for amazon same day delivery of a packet of nuts.

I didn't go as far as an x-pipe as my neighbours hate me enough already at 0630 every morning when i head off to work :)

On the flip side if you are looking at a branded set of slipons it may be cheaper just to jump straight in and have a look at the Verex company (they only have a facebook page) but Trirocket has a set and they are a totally new set of headers and act as a total xpipe replacement too, i have been dithering for a year over getting a set but spend too much on camera lenses at the moment
 

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I can't seem to decide!!!
There is a balance between price, sound, aesthetic and which mod do I spend the most/least on.
I was convinced that the BC slash cut pipes were the one, but I'm not so sure anymore. Yeh the price is really **** good, solid sound and a much needed upgrade but the more I look at the aesthetic of it the more I think the bobber looks better with a larger slip on.

So now I'm contemplating just doing an x pipe and keeping the stock exhaust or maybe better, going for the BC sleeper pros.
 

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I am very pleased with my Trident pipes. Build quality is fantastic and the sound is perfect! I am still running the stock X pipe and I have the baffles removed from the trident pipes and its a great balance of tone and volume. I like that is keep a similar look to OEM with the larger can but it is a slightly smaller diameter.
 

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Quick update:


I think I'm going to stick with OEM slash cuts for the time being, and get something custom made in the new year, around summer time.



I did, however, get this response from British Customs, when I asked them the same questions, so thought I'd share:


Ken Rudoy (British Customs)
Nov 15, 06:49 PST
"We do not recommend using the straight pipes with the X pipe as it is too loud and there is no back pressure on the engine which could cause damage. Our Sleeper Pro will work with the X pipe as there are baffles in the exhaust pipe. If you use the straight pipes or turnouts with the stock CAT the sound is a little deeper than stock."
 

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If you get really upset with the standard cans and an xpipe not being loud enough then a 12 inch drill bit down the middle of the std can will sort that issue :)
 

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I've got X-Pipe by Freespirit + Remus exhausts (look like the OEM ones) + dB killers racing by Classicbike-Raisch.

I love the sound!

at low rpm no problems, it works fine.
 
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