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IMO you only get only an imperceptible performance gain with after market exhaust. The weight issue is irrelevant as the muffler on this bike is mounted centrally and very low. It does not add to the resale value like say a top box or saddle bags do. The extra noise will mean you have to wear ear plugs all the time. Bottom line is the return on investment is non existent for an after market exhaust.
 

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Most who change their exhausts will agree that one of the reasons is to be able to hear and feel the bike. Otherwise we might as well be riding electric bikes or scooters.
 

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You can click on my video and hear for yourself. I have been pleasently surprised with the sound and quality of this slip-on. It's not obnixious loud or wisper quiet, just right in the middle, and looks pretty decent too. Long term results will be later down the road. But right now I'm pleased with it and the price was RIGHT! As I stated in my post, the mid pipe I got needed some tweaking but nothing a guy couldn't figure out.
 

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Keep in mind, some of the Delkevic exhausts go for as little as forty more bucks than that. I am very impressed with Delkevic, good quality, sound, baffle included, and zero leaks in the canister. Delkevic also sells a repack kit for 45 bucks for their stainless brand. Just saying, might be a better option than say a knockoff brand but still affordable.
 

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I FINALLY got this dang pipe fitted, albeit with some slight scuffs on the underside outside edge of my swingarm. DOH.

I had to go to Autozone where I bought an 02 sensor plug/oil plug 18x1.5 for $3. I also borrowed their small size pipe expander in order to get the elbow opening wide enough and flared enough to slip onto the header. Still isn't a perfect fit but it doesn't leak and cinched up just fine. With the pics you guys provided and direction I got it oriented correctly, though the tangs for the springs holding the slipon onto the elbow don't line up, I was able to get the springs at least both on. They are fitted at an angle but work.

All in all, a pain in the butt to fit. Be prepared for lots of swear words and frustration-though I could probably fit it in an hour now that I know how to do it. But be prepared for at least that, plus the time to travel to the auto store to borrow the flaring tool.

It is a very high quality pipe, esp for $150. But you must be prepared to buy an 02 plug, use lots of elbow grease, spray lubricant and a rubber mallet to get it to fit. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TRAVEL TO AUTOZONE AND BORROW A TAILPIPE EXPANDER TOOL. You should also tape your swingarm up to keep the muffler and rearset from scuffing it up as you are pounding and moving things around. Also you will need to buy two M8x1.25 bolt, about 60-70mm long (with nuts) to fasten the hanger that comes with the pipe, to the undercarriage.

If I had to do it over again I'd buy a brand name pipe.
I will say that the sound isn't overly loud, nor soft. It has a nice rumble, this with the insert left in.
 

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Here is the pic of the elbow after a lot of elbow grease and lube. This is more to show how the spring tangs didn't line up. Luckily I have a real good spring puller and with me on my back, bike in gear and bracing on the rear wheel I was able to get it to pull far enough to attach across the angle.

 
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