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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I know there have been a lot of "Which Exhaust" posts and I know a lot of it is personal opinion but I would be interested to hear what you think makes our bikes sound best. I know a lot of Harley's sound better than our bikes and a set of V&H pipes (Big Shots or Short Shots) and a Screaming Eagle Heavy Breather do a great job on getting the sound just right. I know a lot of people will just say if you want it to sound like a Harley buy one which is fair enough but I have a Highball now.

I have Stage 1 with K&N Filter and the Victory Swepts on my bike and it sounded nice. I replaced the baffles with the RPW ones and the bike sounds much better. The idle is just about perfect now. When it was at HD getting them fitted a lot of the guys couldn't believe how good it sounded (and you know how stubborn they can be about anything other than HD!).

What is it that gives it a better sound? Is it the Torque Tubes or S&S filter that really gives it a lift as well? Do cams really change it and give it a better sound? Power is important but it is not the overall end goal. I would take a set up that had 10% less power if it sounded 10% better once all done.

I would say that above 3,500 the noise on a Vic can be a bit mechanical and sounds good but about 80% as good as what I would like.

As you know I like in the UK so not a great deal of bike over here to listen too. Has anyone come across a bike and just thought that is just the best combination for our bikes?

Maybe one of the builders like Conquest Customs, Vic Shop or Southern Motorworx etc might chime in here.

If I keep my bike I am going to do a full build on it and I want to make sure of the direction I am going to go before I make my decision so any help would be greatly appreciated.

For example I had a Trans Am 4th Gen LT1 and I had the pipes or a Corvette put on and it was simply one of the best V8's I have ever heard.

Looking forward to hearing your replies!

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As a general rule, pipes that look cool and sound great don't make any power. Pipes that make power look like they look and sound like they sound.

There are a few good looking 2-2 pipes that sound good and make decent power, like the RPW Slash for example, but they won't ever run quite as good as a tuned 2-1 header system.

I am quite pleased with the look, sound, and performance of the RPW Thor 2-1. The Big Slash version is a bit louder, especially on decel, for some reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5uoQzN955E

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As a general rule, pipes that look cool and sound great don't make any power. Pipes that make power look like they look and sound like they sound.

There are a few good looking 2-2 pipes that sound good and make decent power, like the RPW Slash for example, but they won't ever run quite as good as a tuned 2-1 header system.

I am quite pleased with the look, sound, and performance of the RPW Thor 2-1. The Big Slash version is a bit louder, especially on decel, for some reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5uoQzN955E
That sounds raspy and Harley-esq! To me anyway....

I prefer more of muscle car sound out of my bike. Like the sound of the rpw thor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y_BorwB2RM


HC: you got a vid of your bike?

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Like the sound of the rpw thor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y_BorwB2RM
HC: you got a vid of your bike?
Nothing with the Thor on it.

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Have you ever stood on the side of the road and had a Buddy make a few passť's so you could hear what your dike sounds like.

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I really don't understand why so many guys love the sound of a Harley. I personally think the sound like crap. They remind me of my uncles old john deer A tractors and they were not fast. Vic's with good pipes sound more like a muscle car from the 60's

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I really don't understand why so many guys love the sound of a Harley. I personally think the sound like crap. They remind me of my uncles old john deer A tractors and they were not fast. Vic's with good pipes sound more like a muscle car from the 60's
I couldn't agree more, and therefore I've been searching for the exhaust that will give me that 60's muscle car sound. Of course it's hard to judge by youtube videos, but from what I can tell so far the ground pounders and the rpw thor 2-1 are the closest to that sound. The ground pounders are probably too loud for most city street use. The thor is probably the best compromise. I'm just not too big of a fan of it's looks, but what you gonna do...

I've been taking for ever to decide, because some of the pipes out there make the Vics sound just like a raspy rattle can Harley and that makes me want to puke...

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I'm not just after loud or outright performance. They are both important but i'm mainly looking for the quality of the sound if you know what I mean. My Swepts do alright with the baffles replaced and it sound nice. I am just wondering if anyone (especially the Shops) have just put a combination together and thought...DAMN that the combo right there!

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I'm not sold on the Thor either for looks. I don't think it suits a Highball. I know it is the best performer out there though.

I haven't had a change to hear my bike riding past as I don't have any mates I trust to ride it!

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