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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-31-2017, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Slip on exhaust?

I'm thinking about swapping out that ugly can on the V for something at least more aesthetically appealing. What im concerned about is how the bike runs afterwards. For those of you who have upgraded your exhaust, did you need to get a power commander as well to tinker with it or does it run fine by itself after the swap?
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it will be louder and add some pops and bangs also you will loose some engine braking for what i recall. some say you need a power commander and yet others have ran without one with no problem

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it will be louder and add some pops and bangs also you will loose some engine braking for what i recall. some say you need a power commander and yet others have ran without one with no problem
Yeah trying to keep it fairly cheap, so if I need a power commander I probably wont bother. Does anybody know if running it without a remapping actually loses power? This would also be a deal breaker for me.
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Yeah trying to keep it fairly cheap, so if I need a power commander I probably wont bother. Does anybody know if running it without a remapping actually loses power? This would also be a deal breaker for me.
you will loose some bottom end power due to loosing back pressure but will gain some top end... so if your plans are to be ringing it out all the time you wont notice any power gain... but the versys isnt a sport bike its a sport tourer.,...so ya...

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I put a slip on on my V-650 didn't notice any power loss or gain. It looked great and sounded much better than the stock can. Put a different exhaust on my FJR noticed a big drop off in power. Put the stock exhaust back on. On the V-1000 you can put a slip-on on it but it will still have the cat so it will not gain much in sound. So for me it would just be a waste of money to put one on my V-1000. The only reason i would was if i really hated the look of the stocker and its kind of grown on me like a fungus...

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I have had a slip-on installed on my 2011 for about 15K miles with no problems. No re-mapping needed, no decel popping, power feels about the same. I've actually got an eBay special no name one for sale if you are interested shoot me a PM.


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I have had a slip-on installed on my 2011 for about 15K miles with no problems. No re-mapping needed, no decel popping, power feels about the same. I've actually got an eBay special no name one for sale if you are interested shoot me a PM.

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I put a Delkavic slip-on on my V1000.
What you will get is the different aesthetics and a slightly different tone. With the colostomy bag muffler under the engine, you won't get much more volume out of it. You will lose a few pounds which won't make a difference. If you trust the dyno graph provided by Delkavic, you will gain a few hp which you won't notice.

If that's the only change you make there should be no need for map change or magic gizmos.
I cannot detect any change in performance one way or another. There is no popping or farting on decel, just a bit more audible growl.

So, if you're after a slightly different exhaust note and want to lose the ugly can, go for it. If you're looking for big noise or performance gain, don't bother.
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I put a Delkavic slip-on on my V1000.
What you will get is the different aesthetics and a slightly different tone. With the colostomy bag muffler under the engine, you won't get much more volume out of it. You will lose a few pounds which won't make a difference. If you trust the dyno graph provided by Delkavic, you will gain a few hp which you won't notice.

If that's the only change you make there should be no need for map change or magic gizmos.
I cannot detect any change in performance one way or another. There is no popping or farting on decel, just a bit more audible growl.

So, if you're after a slightly different exhaust note and want to lose the ugly can, go for it. If you're looking for big noise or performance gain, don't bother.
This is kinda what I was hoping. Im not expecting huge gains, I just dont want to lose any either. My biggest issue is the aesthetics side of things, I really cant stand these comically huge cans that come stock.
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Im looking at this IXIL set up. I know its a picture of the last gen but according to the site, it should work with the '16 models. Anybody have one of these? Im a little concerned with where the exhaust exits in relation to the hard cases and i cant find any pictures showing that exhaust on a bike with the luggage on it.

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It looks like there is not a stop or pad for the center stand on the connector pipe. That's one thing I looked for when I bought mine. Without that stop it might interfere with the swing arm or chain. Don't know for sure but worth double checking.
Seems to me other brands spec a different part number for the pre 2015 vs. the later bikes.
As far as the hard case, my can clears it with room to spare and the tip angles down so the hot exhaust doesn't flow towards the case. The tips on the one you show are further forward and angle up. It very well might melt the bottom corner of your case with hot exhaust.
If the seller isn't 100% sure it fits the later bike properly, ask about their return policy.

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It looks like there is not a stop or pad for the center stand on the connector pipe. That's one thing I looked for when I bought mine. Without that stop it might interfere with the swing arm or chain. Don't know for sure but worth double checking.
Seems to me other brands spec a different part number for the pre 2015 vs. the later bikes.
As far as the hard case, my can clears it with room to spare and the tip angles down so the hot exhaust doesn't flow towards the case. The tips on the one you show are further forward and angle up. It very well might melt the bottom corner of your case with hot exhaust.
If the seller isn't 100% sure it fits the later bike properly, ask about their return policy.
I sent over an email to Ixil for answers on these issues. They said that it does have the center stand stop and that it exits similar to the stock exhaust and they have had no issues with it interfering with the hardbags. Ive asked them for some updated pictures on a newer model.
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It's sounding better. Nice that they answer questions quickly.
Honestly, any aftermarket parts can be a crap shoot. Even with reputable brands you never know how well it will fit until you mount the part. I always feel a bit lucky when an aftermarket part bolts on and works properly.

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