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I installed Hi-Output exhausts on my 2014 CCT. Exhaust note is good but I'm wondering what the sound is like with the baffles sold for these pipes (P/N 21905)

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Gary
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I installed Hi-Output exhausts on my 2014 CCT. Exhaust note is good but I'm wondering what the sound is like with the baffles sold for these pipes (P/N 21905)

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks

Gary
2014 CCT Sonic Blue
Hey Gary,

I put the baffles in pretty much right away. I rode it around the block and knew it was a bit too loud for me.

But to each his own, right?

My buddy has the victory tri ovals on his bike and I would say it's very comparable to that level of sound and tone.

But then again, I'm about deaf from 30+ years of flying airplanes!

Hope that helps
 

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vic shop did a dyno a while back and gained by putting the baffles in.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Good info. Been shopping around for the best price but looks like all suppliers are selling for $35-$39 each.

Cheers

Gary
 

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Are you talking about the Vance & Hines slip-ons ? I put them on my XC and it's a bit too loud. Was wondering about the baffles. How do they install ? Is there any drilling required ? Thanks in advance for the replies.
 

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Hey Rich

The V&H baffles go in the end of the "Slip Ons".

You have to take the internals, and pull them out a few inches to do this. The instructions said that a hole had to be drilled for the through bolt, but the hole had already been drilled by V&H. Had it not, it would be an easy 2 minute ordeal.

Now, the only thing I don't know is this, getting the internals out was very difficult. When I did this the pipes had been only ran for maybe 5 minutes. All did was go around the block before I decided I wanted the baffles. If the pipes have been on your bike for some time this process may be easier, or could be worse, I don't know. I suspect it will be easier as the internals will have "settled in" and there will be more clearance.

I kinda had already decided on the baffles before I even put the pipes on for 2 reasons, I really didn't want them too loud and also because I didn't want to change the tuning from the stock settings.

My only approach was just for looks, to me they look good.

Hope this helps?
 

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Did you use any special tool to pull them out?
 

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Did you use any special tool to pull them out?
I'll presume this is in reference to my post, but yes I did.

I used a strap wrench like one would use on oil filters to twist the internals back and forth and pull. One side was fairly difficult and the other side I damned near gave up on but it finally budged.

Like I said in an earlier post, when I put the baffles in the pipes they were basically brand new. I think, not totally sure, that they would come out easier after having some time in use?
 

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Thanks or the info Draper. Not sure that I understand about removing the internals but I guess instructions come with the baffles. My pipes have been on for a couple of months. Was getting ready to go back to the Stage 1 pipes I have but I think I will try the baffles. One last question; with the baffles installed are the pipes louder than stock ? Don't really like the sound of stock pipes. Thanks again
 

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Thanks or the info Draper. Not sure that I understand about removing the internals but I guess instructions come with the baffles. My pipes have been on for a couple of months. Was getting ready to go back to the Stage 1 pipes I have but I think I will try the baffles. One last question; with the baffles installed are the pipes louder than stock ? Don't really like the sound of stock pipes. Thanks again
Yes, there are instructions with the baffles, and they are pretty straight forward.

The baffles will reduce the sound output from the stock V&H levels but will be somewhat louder than the stock Victory pipes, kind of in between?

Basically there is the outer portion of the pipe and there is a perforated inner pipe that is wrapped in what appears to be fiberglass matt (fairly typical). The two come together at the chromed outer ring at the back which is held in place with, I think, two bolts at the bottom.

Just remove the bolts and slide the inner pipe out, with the fiberglass packing a couple of inches. Put the baffle into the rear of the inner pipe and secure with a through bolt. Push the inner pipe back in and re secure. It was getting the inner pipe to come out that I had a hell of a time with.

I love the sound now, I thought the stock was just kind of wimpy sounding and the looks did nothing for me. The sound now, to me, is noticeably more when I'm really getting on it and barely noticeable at cruise throttle settings.

But again, my hearing is not what it used to be, but I really like the sound and I love the looks.

To each his own, blondes, brunettes, red heads, right?
 

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Thanks again Draper. Baffles are on order and should be here tomorrow. Yeah, even the Stage 1 was kind of weak. Your instructions will be helpful I know !!!
 

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Got the baffles friday evening and worked on the bike ALL day saturday. I started with the right muffler since it is easiest to get to on side stand. Tried to remove the internals with a strap on the end as Draper mentioned. Got the internals to turn enough to almost line the left mounting hole of internals with right hole in the housing but that's as far as I got. No matter what I did I could not get internals to turn back, or forward for that matter. Took the muffler off the bike hoping to knock the internals out from the other end. No dice--way too far in and nothing to grip to pound on. Put the pipes back on the bike and wrestled with it some more. Even tried getting the pipes hot hoping to break it loose. NOTHING. So now the holes don't line up to put the two screws back in. I'm heading to Rhode Island this next weekend to join in a group ride but I'm afraid the bike is too loud and will annoy the others so I'm going to put the stock pipes back on this week. I really like the looks and sound of the V&H pipes but most of the group rides Ventures or GWs so I don't want to offend them. If I can't figure out some way of getting the internals out without scratching up the pipes I'll just sell them. Really frustrated !!!!
 

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Rich I did mine over the weekend, as well as you did, I started with the strap wrench and no luck, the only way is to use a slide hammer (by the way this is the way that is recommended by V&H), I called my car mechanic and asked if I can borrowed the slide hammer and I got one that I think is 5 pounds (it is not really big). The left pipe was very easy, the right one was a nightmare, but I was able to pull both. My recommendation try to get the slide hammer, BUT when you are going to hook up the slide hammer to the baffle to pull it, try to hook it as far as you can inside the baffle (on the small holes that the original baffle has through out it), the reason is because when you start pounding to pull it, the original baffle will suffer a little bit, and if you do it at the beginning, close to the pipe exit, you will have troubles latter to slide the new short baffle, do not ask me why I know this. Then after the baffles are installed when you try to push them in place be careful because you have to align the screw holes well because as soon as you start pounding with a DEAD BLOW Hammer, if the holes for the screws are not align you have to pull the baffle out again, as i said before do not ask me why i know this. All this process took me 3 hours, for sure if I have to do it again probably a hour will be more than enough. Do not get discourage the problem is that you need the right tool.
 

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Thanks Jlv, for the info. I did read in the instructions to use a "hook tool and I kind of figured what they were talking about but I don't have one. Will go to the friendly rental store today and see if they have one. Question; does the tool hook in one hole or are there more than one arm or rod ? I sure would like to get this done as I like the looks and sound of these better than stock. Thanks again for the info !!!!
 

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If you wait until tonight I can take a photo of the tool that I have at home and you will be able to show it to the rental place. Just hook the tool in one hole at the time. Regarding the sound I still do not know because I painted the new short baffles with black high resistance paint, because i did not like the looks of the rusted metal of the new baffles and the paint has not completely cured when i finished. I will fire it up today and hear the new sound, supposedly is not much what this new baffles reduce, but at least the sound is more manageable and reduce some of the popping that I have on deccel.
 

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So you painted the baffles with black heat resistant paint ? Sounds like a good idea. I called the rental place and they don't have a slide hammer with small points. Guess I'll try Harbor Freight this afternoon. Thanks again !!
 

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Rich wait for the photo because the attachment is not that small. And related to the paint let us see if it holds the heat of the exhaust. The idea from Johnny of spraying WD-40, what makes this job hard is the end cap, that is somehow stuck in the pipe, the rest of the baffle does not touch the outer pipe, if you can make that the WD-40 gets between the end cap and the main pipe that will really help.
 
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