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First off... I'm new here, so hello all!

Secondly, I just picked up an 04 Victory Vegas about 3 weeks ago. Loving it, didn't think I would ever buy a Victory, but, nonetheless, here we are, and glad I did!

My question is, it has an aftermarket exhaust on it, but, being 24, I want to be a little louder than what it is.

A) Can I take the baffles out without needing a programmer being it has the stage 1 kit already on it.

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B) To take the baffles out, do I need the programmer..

Also, any good websites to pick up accessories for Victory, I want a different seat (one with a good backrest) for when the wife wants to tag along so she can also be comfortable, and a few other small items...
 

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Hey 04,

Welcome to the Victory Forum!

From what I have learned about the Victorys from my shop, the bikes run pretty awful without the baffles. It seems the engine really needs that bit of back-pressure created by the baffles in order to run properly and efficiently. Can you post a picture of the exhaust? Also, even though you're only 24, don't damage your ears. I played in several rock bands in my day without hearing protection and I have paid the price. If the bike is audible to other vehicles on the road with the upgraded exhaust, it might be best to go with the approach of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Just my $.02.

As for seats go, don't skimp. Corbin is the place I hear rave reviews about constantly and more than likely I will be replacing the seat on my 8-Ball with a Corbin seat/backrest combo in the spring. As far as seats purchases go, you get what you pay for, and it just isn't worth it to buy a less expensive seat only to find you're having to stop every 45-to-60 minutes because your behind feels like it's on fire or because the seat doesn't provide the proper support in the right places and you're in serious pain. Get a good seat for you and your wife because a good seat is one you don't get reminded about as you ride.

For accessories, there are a few places that offer a fair variety of things. One place I have shopped online is here: http://www.cyclesolutions.net/

Give them a look. They have really good cutomer service, a veritable boatload of products, and I have not had anything less than a great experience as far as receiving the stuff I ordered.

One place I also like is here: http://www.cyclegadgets.com/ They don't offer anything Victory-specific but they do have a ton of neat little things to make riding more enjoyable.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for all of the input. I will get some pictures tonight of everything and get them up either tonight or tomorrow. But being I didn't see this reply until just now, I went ahead and pulled the baffles out just to give it a test run and see how it did.

The bikes runs exactly the same, as far as idle, just letting the clutch all the way out and doing its thing, shifting and cruising. The only difference I notice, is the sound. But, being I don't know "much" about engines, just enough to get me by, I know somewhere along the lines, I need some back pressure or I'm going to start burning things up.

As for as being 24 and wanting louder, I don't want to be obnoxiously loud, just louder than what it is now.

One thing I noticed when the baffles were pulled, they were both darker than coal, just wiping them down with an old shirt took a tremendous amount of the black off :confused:. The baffles are about a foot long, and then it has some spiral holes throughout. The thing that confused me, was it had a solid end cap. I thought it would be opened up to let the exhaust breath though :confused:

Again, I will try to get pictures tonight when I get home and get them up as soon as possible.

And thanks for the advice, and the websites :)
 

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I am not A Victory owner. I have a 2002 Big DOG pitbull, but can add some info on the pipes. Those are typical baffels, even with the solid ends. The air actually flows around and out. To reduse some back pressure, most cuys would just punch a hole in those solid ends. Will give more sound and reduce some back presure.

I was having a power problem on my bike, looked at everything from carb, heads , valves, cam. In the end it was my exhaust baffels. When we dynoed with full baffels in it was 70 HP and 82 TQ. When we took the baffles out it dynoed at 100 hp and 107 TQ. Some bike normally lose HP when the complete baffels are removed but it really depends on your complete setup (intake, exhaust, FI MAP). The sound was to loud for me though, so I just ordered a new set of V&H BR 2 into 1. I have not dynoed it yet with the new pipe but it also has the same solid end caps and the air flows around it. I will dyno it later, but I am sure I will need to punch a hole in the solid end caps to reduce some of the back pressure. Since ido not have FI, I have to punch a hole in the baffel in order to get the dyno sensor up into the exhaust. Some guys also, in addition to putting a hoile in the end caps, is to cut the baffel in 1/2 or even smaller.

See this website for info only cause I do not think thy make anything for the Victory. Some back pressure and baffel info. Hopes this helps.

http://www.bigcitythunder.com/pages/product-fit.html

Also the back soot on the baffel is typical of a RICH condition. Mine were way black.
 

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First off... I'm new here, so hello all!

Secondly, I just picked up an 04 Victory Vegas about 3 weeks ago. Loving it, didn't think I would ever buy a Victory, but, nonetheless, here we are, and glad I did!

My question is, it has an aftermarket exhaust on it, but, being 24, I want to be a little louder than what it is.

A) Can I take the baffles out without needing a programmer being it has the stage 1 kit already on it.

or

B) To take the baffles out, do I need the programmer..

Also, any good websites to pick up accessories for Victory, I want a different seat (one with a good backrest) for when the wife wants to tag along so she can also be comfortable, and a few other small items...

i run D & D slip ons on my 04 vegas. love the sound mellow in town but have a great bark when you crank it. definitly ditch the stock seat, they suck. at the very least find a victory touring seat. mustang also make a great seat. you can find a lot of great links at www.thevmc.com.
 

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I have a 2010 vegas with staright pipes. It runs good and has min. backfire but its WAY too loud. looking for another set now. Probably will have to get the F.I. re-mapped though
 

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Welcome

04Vic,
Baffle mods are cheap and replacing the baffle to a straight through desingn will increase noise and should do what you want without a MAP change (hell it may decrease your popping on decel a little more)...if you like the look of the exhaust just change or modify your baffle I think most of the threads I have read on here reference a thunder city baffle that everyone is happy with (noise and power).

If not Dare Devil's exhaust should fit the mounting brackets changed in 2008.

I bought the mustang solo and it will fit with the rear passenger seat in place but you are better off price wise having an upholstery shop put gel pads in both and recover to your likeing you will spend way less (about 1/3) and have a nice custom piece that will last.

remember rubber side down!
cheers
 

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Yo I have a 2003 vegas and switched over to the thunder monster baffels and they work way better sound, tork ,Power,and the bad vibration in gone..Best $120 I spent..with no adjustment to make on motor....Please see my u -tube before and after sound Look up 2003 Victory vegas with thunder monster baffles.Judge for yourself.My u tube name is Greenbay 1
 

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Corbin seats look great but they are the hardest seats on the market..Your stock seat is made by corbin and its a brick to sit on.Please see www.edseats.ca he is the guy to go to he designs for the big companys and now he is on his own.My friend in Ohio now sells for him and he ships anywere in us and is starting on the vics this winter and I hope mine will be one of the first..He does Yamaha,Harley Honda gold wings and these seats fit your butt like a glove and are soft...Tell Mike Rich sent you..I will sent out a pic of mine when complete.
 

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Tried the hole thing, tried cutting down Swept pipes and then i found Bassani Pro Street Exhaust. Great Sounding pipes and the install is a breeze.


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You won't regret them.

Cheers
AL
 

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Black pipes look great on vegas

your smart for going with the Blacked out pipes....I seen a few of the vics with yellowing because they run so hot..even when you have a power commander tune them right...I have santa rosa pipes on my vic and I think i will go black now because yours looks great.I am tried of cleaning my pipes....
 

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I got a set of Hard Krome 3in big straights Black on mp KP Look great Quite in town But bark real good when im in the throttle Dennis Kirk 350.00 in the closeout bin Seen them other places for around 700.00
 

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BAFFLE and Powdercoat?

Played more with the baffle in my 2 into 1 Vic this weekend. I surgically removed the disk at the front of the baffle (in case I didnt like it I could weld it back into place) to allow half of the exhaust to exit straight out. It is a little louder but extremely clean and surprise no popping on decel at all.

I have also been contenplating powdercoating the heat shields and the can since I scratched them a few weeks ago. My only worry is the can will be the part that gets the hottest. Anybody know if this will work well?
 

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Bub Exhaust is moving there business to another sate when its done I'll bet they start making pipes for our bikes
 

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Send me your stock seat and I'll reshape it and recover it to make it a showpiece on your bike, not to mention make your butt and lower back happier in the process.

Here are some examples of twop just finished for customers, both reshaped and recovered with our optional quilted flame pattern and contrast stitching.

Vegas Low seat (Same as HighBall)








Standard Vegas/Kingpin seat



 

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How much by chance does it cost for this treatment without flames maybe a POW,MIA. I have a stock and Corbin andwould like to to GEL padding in my seat.:cool:
Due to variations in such custom work I prefer to go over such things on the phone. I strongly prefer talking on the phone about seats as there is just too much to talk about and being all custom, even though you guys may just want a ballpark price, please just call me day or eve at 305-345-9444 7 days a week from 9am-10pm EST anytime.

What I will say here is this...
What you see in the flame seat is hand stitched in using an in-house made pattern. What you're looking for is different, yours needs embroidering. We do offer this and it requires several things such as digitizing the image and embroidering it, and then we sew that embroidered section into it's position in the new skin. Depending on the image size, # of colors, thread count, etc, the cost to embroider it varies and since I contract that out I'd have to get him to quote me on it before I could quote you on the job.

Here are two examples of embroidered seats we've recently done, one simple, and one WOW!

Simple...


and WOW!



 
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