I've been back and forth over removing the catalytic converters a hundred times. Taking care of the heat issue is my priority before next season, I have no intention of wasting anymore time playing with air flow, fins, lowers or anything else. (For anyone who doesn't know: since tuning my bike, the cats have been over heating and it a blast furnace riding in warmer temps).
I planned to bite the bullet and get a new exhaust system, but after talking with some buddies and a little research, I decided once and for all to de-cat my stock exhaust. I already had the wheels and mufflers off so now was the time, I just went out this afternoon and did it.
The job was fairly easy, I drilled out a center hole, then around the entire edge of the cat making holes as close as I could get. I tapped in a small chisel around the perimeter to break it loose and get any remaining pieces off the edges. The cat material is highly magnetic, which made clean up a snap, I just ran a magnetic screwdriver around the inside of the pipes a few times, which collected all the excess shavings and splinters.
Now...I'll have a wait a while to see how this will go. I have two major concerns. One is excessive noise, my Miller Mufflers are pretty much straight through and have a 2.5" exhaust port, the noise level could be over the top. The other is low end power loss and this is my main concern. I'm very anxious to get the bike together and test this out but it may be months, all depends on how soon I get my new tires on and fork service done and the weather, of course.
If I no likie, I'll just go back to my original plan of getting a new exhaust.
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2013 Sunset Red
Vic Tri-Oval Mufflers, Lloydz VM1-DR cams, AF, PC-V @112hp/113tq
Corbin Dual Tour seat, Klock Werks Klip Hanger bars, Vicwapz
Avon Contour grips, Kuryakyn Kinetic boards and rear SwingWings
Victory black LED headlight and Touring Pack, Madstad 9" windshield