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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Loudest pipes for Shadows?

First off please don't give me comments asking why I want loud pipes or any negative things please....

With that said after riding a Harley with a sweet ass pipe on it (drag pipe) I'd really like to get my Shadow sounding a little more burley. Does anyone have input on the loudest pipes they have heard or own for a Shadow?

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:28 PM
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what year and model shadow? you know it will never sound like a Harley.

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post #3 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:35 PM
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Nothing beats drag pipes! I cut everything off the the end of the header back and welded on straight 2" 16g automotive exhaust pipe. Afterwards, I wrapped them in black exhaust wrap and then put a few coats of black silicone paint.

I had to back the pilot screw out about 3 turns (from the stock position) to richen up the mix a little and reduce the popping/backfiring. This was uber cheap but, it may or may not, be the look you're after.

It seems like lazy four wheelers and soccer moms completely block out the sound of beeping horns but they sure as hell here/see me when I wrench on the throttle now.

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post #4 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:35 PM
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I have V&H Pipes with no Baffles are they are Loud.STRAIGHTSHOTS ORIGINAL: Vance & Hines: Performance Exhaust Systems

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post #5 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:41 PM
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vance hines or cobra i say but theres a few others go take a look get ideas

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post #6 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:46 PM
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V&H, but like he said, it won't sound like a Harley.



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I had open Cobras on my '03 and I really liked the sound.
I wish I could get that Harley sound on my Harley. Lol. The Revo motor isn't the same as the air cooled.

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my pipes are unmarked, but the PO thinks they're cobra. they're perfect. not painfully loud, but still loud enough to set off alarms and turn heads!

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post #9 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 09:59 PM
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I have the short V&H pipes and have to put the standard exhaust back on every six months to pass the warrant of fitness test. My standard exhaust measures at 72Db, my V&H ones come in at 113Dd!

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post #10 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by rkforrest View Post
I have V&H Pipes with no Baffles are they are Loud.STRAIGHTSHOTS ORIGINAL: Vance & Hines: Performance Exhaust Systems
Short shots might be louder, but I don't know why you would want it louder. My straight shots are uber loud.

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