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Exclamation Bike is too hot

Has anyone tried to take off the heat shields on their XCT and wrap the exhaust then replace the Shields? These pipes are getting hotter by the minute. Can't stand it anymore. What is the solution??? Any ideas out there
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I took the deflectors out of my bike last year when it got hot. Put them back in when it got cool.

Here's a thread about it. I think it helps, others have their own opinion.

https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=12322

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Have you tried opening the lowers up only an 1" or so? I don't know myself but I've heard others say about them that less is more when it comes to keeping cool. I'm kind of looking forward to expermenting with that a little more the next time I get to do some demo rides. It's also controversial about removing the cats from the exhaust to move the heat out of the exhaust quicker. I removed my right side cat and bent the diverter plate in the cross-over pipe forward and over so that it blocks a lot of the cross pipe and most of the exhaust comes out the right side in more of a 2 into 1 fashion. I think it helped mine run cooler and if I lost any torque I can't feel it so i would have had to dyno before and after to know. I will say the motor revs more freely and responsive now than before. I have the S1 mufflers so they are wide open if you look through them. I don't think I would do that with stock mufflers.
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+1 on closing down the vents. An inch to start then make very small adjustments till good.
These bikes have a reputation for being very lean. It might be a possiblity you are too lean. A dealer check may be in order. Hope you have a good dealer, they seem to be hard to come by.

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Yes guys have wrapped the pipes and a little better feeling.
Your Major heat comes from the motor. Your sitting on a oven in a manner of speaking.

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+1 on closing down the vents. An inch to start then make very small adjustments till good.
These bikes have a reputation for being very lean. It might be a possiblity you are too lean. A dealer check may be in order. Hope you have a good dealer, they seem to be hard to come by.

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I Have Arlin Ness big honkers and fuel controller as well as a lloydz air box. Could this be the reason????
It was a lot cooler stock. I THINK!!!!!

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Yes guys have wrapped the pipes and a little better feeling.
Your Major heat comes from the motor. Your sitting on a oven in a manner of speaking.
Yes ,Vision johnny, I am sitting on an oven but I don't want to burn my cookies LOL

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I Have Arlin Ness big honkers and fuel controller as well as a lloydz air box. Could this be the reason????
It was a lot cooler stock. I THINK!!!!!
More air and a properly adjusted fuel controller should make the bike run cooler, not hotter. Could it be that with summer temps in play you are just feeling the engine heat more than before?
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More air and a properly adjusted fuel controller should make the bike run cooler, not hotter. Could it be that with summer temps in play you are just feeling the engine heat more than before?
That could very well be. Also age does not help. Would it help if I took off the lower leg fairings completely??

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I ran the Victory lowers for a while and found them to be too hot during the summer to leave on. I picked up some JTD lowers and found they could be left on during the summer so I sold the Vic lowers and stuck with the JTD lowers and the forged crash bars.

Last Summer I started making some leather heat shields for this reason. They have sheet metal sandwiched between layers of leather so they can be molded up to a point. They are in my sig line and I do ship to Canada for whatever extra it happens to cost. Takes a while to get there though. Just depends on how customs is doing I guess. Could be 2 weeks could be longer. I just sent out my last ready made one so I need to get busy and make some more now that the heat is settling in again.
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