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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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After talking with PaiN and a year of deliberation, I decided to take the Cats out of my exhaust. The undeniable heat on my wife's right foot just shouldn't be there as well as the added heat to me that made the bike unrideable without removing the hard lowers in the summer.

Here is my initial thoughts after taking a 20 mile ride today.

Removal:
A little harder than I expected. The second one was easier once I realized the trick. But I'll tell you, the drilling of the numerous holes was harder on my bit than I thought it would be.

Sound:
Probably a hair louder(not much really) and a bit deeper and a bit more throaty. Not exactly what I wanted, but more to come.

Ride:
About 42 degrees out. Rode great, sounded great and had no popping at all. Did I notice a difference in torque? To be honest, maybe a little. Big difference? Not at all. Totally rideable as is. By the time I was done my 20 miles, I realized that I just needed to be around 100-200 rpm's higher than I normally am when cruising.

Heat:
Well, it was 42 degrees out so I can't really comment yet. I will say that I used my heated seat for the first time. Even at 42 degrees, I usually use the engine to heat up my legs a bit to keep them warm. That did not happen today. So, not scientific, I need to ride in the heat to really tell you if there is a big difference.

Now, I will have to update you a bit later, depending on the weather. I ordered the 158 Thunder Torque Inserts from DK Customs. If they do as they say, these little nuggets will return my sound to exactly where it was and will return some or all of my low end torque. I am not expecting all, but some of it back will be exactly what I hoped for. Cats/Heat will be gone and the bike runs great and gets me to where I need to go the way I want to get there. Also, once I get the TTI's in, I will decide if I need a dyno or not. Honestly, with no popping today at all and once the TTI's are installed, I think my current map will be just fine.

I will certainly keep you all updated for those who have been deliberating like I did.

More to come.....

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 02:06 PM
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Good luck! Hope everything's cool! (see what I did there? )



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Good luck! Hope everything's cool! (see what I did there? )
I did see what you did there... and I am very cool.

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Lowered 1 1/2" - Jimz Adjustable Link
Lloydz Timing Wheel +4, Hi-Flow Filter, 1/4 Turn Throttle Ring
Kuryakyn Foot Boards, ISO Grips and Heat Demons
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I just got back from dropping my forks and rims at the shop so I'm that much closer to having the bike back together and ready to run.
Over this weekend I'm going to pull the rear shock, lube the pivots and place the DK Thunder Torques in the mufflers.
I'm not in the mood for experimenting, I'm placing the Torques and getting it dyno-ed in the spring. If the bike runs obnoxiously loud or has crap power, I'll skip the dyno and replace the full exhaust then have it re-tuned.
I am very happy and encouraged about how your de-catting went

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Your bike is going to sound great and you will have plenty of power.

Oh by the way. Calling for snow on Tuesday.

I just want to ride now.


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Lowered 1 1/2" - Jimz Adjustable Link
Lloydz Timing Wheel +4, Hi-Flow Filter, 1/4 Turn Throttle Ring
Kuryakyn Foot Boards, ISO Grips and Heat Demons
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Oh by the way. Calling for snow on Tuesday.
Good thing I won't have my forks and rims back until Wednesday

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Interesting. Still have my cats and have never been able to get rid of all my decal pops. Am running baffles so wonder if the Thunders would alleviate this. Never pulled my cats s I was afraid the popping would get worse

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I just got back from dropping my forks and rims at the shop so I'm that much closer to having the bike back together and ready to run.
Over this weekend I'm going to pull the rear shock, lube the pivots and place the DK Thunder Torques in the mufflers.
I'm not in the mood for experimenting, I'm placing the Torques and getting it dyno-ed in the spring. If the bike runs obnoxiously loud or has crap power, I'll skip the dyno and replace the full exhaust then have it re-tuned.
I am very happy and encouraged about how your de-catting went
Curious as to where you are placing these.
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decal pops fix could be a simple fix maybe. Check your exhaust flange bolts. I had to tighten mine 3 times before I stopped my popping

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Curious as to where you are placing these.
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DK recommended the 158 Thunder Torques (and for davefarias's also) they will be placed in the 2.5" exhaust outlet of my Miller Mufflers.
In fact, I'm going to place them as soon as I finish this coffee and yes I'll post pixs
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