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Has anybody on here bought/installed any of the Hacker pipes, or more specifically the Rippers? Would love to hear how they've worked out for you. Holler back if you can.
 

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I bought a set of the Hacker Tru-Duals and have gone back to the Victory stock pipes. If I get the wild hair to put duals on the bike again they'll be RPW or someone else, but not Hacker.

I wasn't impressed with the Hacker duals right off the bat in that the heat shields did not fit properly, the rear pipe sat so close to the starter solenoid it burned up 3 of them, and the Hacker fuel management system (the Anger Management System, or AMS) never seemed to work properly; either the bike ran too lean or too rich. I could never find that "sweet spot" in the middle and when the bike started getting only 24 mpg and another starter solenoid got roasted, I got rid of the pipes. Oh, and even after applying high-quality thermal exhaust tape and high-temp silicone to the wrapped pipes, the heat radiating from that rear pipe was still beyond uncomfortable on my left leg.

So I can't say how the Rippers will work for you but after my experience with the Hacker duals, I'd look into other options.

Good luck, let us know what you go with and how they're working out for you and, safe riding.

Miles
 

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I bought a set of the Hacker Tru-Duals and have gone back to the Victory stock pipes. If I get the wild hair to put duals on the bike again they'll be RPW or someone else, but not Hacker.

I wasn't impressed with the Hacker duals right off the bat in that the heat shields did not fit properly, the rear pipe sat so close to the starter solenoid it burned up 3 of them, and the Hacker fuel management system (the Anger Management System, or AMS) never seemed to work properly; either the bike ran too lean or too rich. I could never find that "sweet spot" in the middle and when the bike started getting only 24 mpg and another starter solenoid got roasted, I got rid of the pipes. Oh, and even after applying high-quality thermal exhaust tape and high-temp silicone to the wrapped pipes, the heat radiating from that rear pipe was still beyond uncomfortable on my left leg.

So I can't say how the Rippers will work for you but after my experience with the Hacker duals, I'd look into other options.

Good luck, let us know what you go with and how they're working out for you and, safe riding.

Miles
Thank you so much. Definitely not what I wanted to hear. I love the look of the pipes. But dropping all that change for pipes that make a bike a bitch to ride is absolutely not worth the look or the sound. I VERY much appreciate your feedback. You saved me some serious PITA, wallet and the legs. Thank you.
 

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The Rippers do look damn good but that rear pipe in the picture on the Hacker site looks like it's sitting awful close to the starter solenoid. It may be that the heat issue I dealt with. i.e. my left leg getting burned, is a non-issue with the Rippers, but you're still left with the AMS problems and the potential "cooked" solenoid problem. I failed to mention yesterday that, in addition to the thermal wrap and silicone on the pipes, I even enclosed the solenoid in this stuff:

http://www.designengineering.com/category/catalog/design-engineering-inc/component-specific-products/versa-shield

and the pipe still output enough heat to roast 2 more solenoids.

So, that said, do let us know what you decide to go with and how they're working out for you.

Safe riding!

Miles
 

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Great post I was going to put a set on a new 8 ball and had questions about the AMS system thanks for saving everone time, money and agrivation
 
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