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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Drawbacks to Getting Louder Pipes?

I plan on getting a set of "louder" pipes and I was wondering if any of you with them have experienced any negative social side effects. I've never had them in the past but I know they piss some people off. I know I can forget about making a cigarette run in the middle of the night if I have to.

Also, do you have any advice on pipes? I'm looking to settle on Rineharts so far.

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They made me ride at the back of the pack until I put some quiet baffles in. Other than that, no problem! Although, you might want to get some ear plugs!
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I have straight pipes on mine and other than my brother complaining about it when I visit I don't have any issues. I do wear ear plugs for rides longer than 20 minutes. I did decide to try some baffles to make it a bit more comfortable for me which I will be installing today.

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They made me ride at the back of the pack until I put some quiet baffles in. Other than that, no problem! Although, you might want to get some ear plugs!
I haven't been delegated to the back yet, but I do notice the guy behind me usually hangs back a ways. Cars often roll up the window when beside me at traffic lights.

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I haven't been delegated to the back yet, but I do notice the guy behind me usually hangs back a ways. Cars often roll up the window when beside me at traffic lights.
LOL!! Now that's just hilarious!

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LOL!! Now that's just hilarious!
I may rev the engine more when they roll them up......

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Not sure about your area , but around here the cops get real worked up if pipes are too loud. Might want to check what bikers in the area have had to deal with.

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My 750ACE has Cobra LoBoys....... They're not "too" loud but instead add more of a deep rumble.

I used to have Cobra Drag pipes and could never get them to sound very good until I got a set of HP-Plus baffles in them. Before the HP's they were loud and harsh. The HP Baffles mellowed them out nicely.

One time I took the baffles out of the Drags and it was horrible. I have to admit, the sound was nice for about 10-seconds, then it became obnoxious.

I've never had a problem with the Cobra LoBoys in terms of being too loud, on the contrary I've gotten a lot of compliments on the sound and looks!

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You mentioned Rineharts...so we're talking about pipes for your Indian? The only drawback is your ears. If they are too loud you will not enjoy long distance rides. Rineharts on Harleys sound good, but I never heard them on an Indian. Any way you can hear them for yourself at an Indian dealer? On a Harley they have a great low rumble at idle and not too crazy loud at speed. Good company, good pipes. For the Harley market they make mostly slip-ons. Is it the same for Indian? Have you looked into it?

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