Hi folks. There's a fork in my road and I could really use some guidance from the pool of knowledgeable Victory owners on this forum (genuine statement, not sarcasm.)
First off, I want to make some things crystal clear. I do not have extra money for bike parts. Nearly all of my wife and I's money is going into updating our very recently purchased house. Also, I am in no way writing this to insinuate that the readers can't figure out what I am describing. I am merely trying to be as thorough as possible to hopefully eliminate any confusion. With that said, I have searched this and other Victory forums for an answer. You may believe otherwise, and if so, please do not bash me, please. My free time is riddled with house projects and kid sports. I am a machinist with a decent mechanical ability and access to a billion dollar shop, so making parts isn't entirely out of the question. Onward ho!
Last month I sold a set of pipes to a fellow member because I needed money. 2 weeks ago I came across a new complete stage one straights kit for 360 shipped. After scouring the Internet for videos and an honest 6 hours of forum reading, I decided that the pipes I bought wouldn't have the volume I am after. More research directed me towards removing the catalytic converters. That was easy enough with a soft jawed vice, a drill, and most importantly, a slide hammer to pull the cartridges out. After that was done, I then took out the baffles to have a look at them. The baffle consists of a tube wrapped with packing on 1/2 it's length. The unwrapped part is perforated with some holes to allow gasses through and out. The baffle is capped at the beginning with a metal dome. The holes are too small in MY opinion, so i filed down the tack welds and out fell the domes. Essentially what's left is similar to a glasspack muffler. I reassembled everything and set it aside due to time constraints. Here we are at the fork in the road. Would this set up yield enough back pressure or should I place a baffle where the cats used to be? Also, would unplugging the o2 sensors richen the air/fuel mixture enough to safely ride the bike with out the risk of melting the top end? Or should I get the stage flash AND unplug the o2 sensors? I truly do not know what to do and I can assure you, without a shadow of doubt, that I am not just being lazy about this. I posted pictures whether they are necessary or not. If anything, this might help a member in the future with a similar situation. First pic is the uncatted headpipes. Second pic is one of the baffles before dome removal. Third pic is the dome by itself. Fourth pic is a shot through the modified baffle. My apologies for the long winded post.
Thank you for time and any possible advice.
Last edited by doobliss; 05-20-2015 at 11:24 PM.