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Old 05-07-2012, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I finally got the lower baffle out of the pipe last week. First thing I noticed that the pipes were considerably louder. (no ****, right?)

Second thing that I noticed was that I lost a bit of power in the lower RPM band. No dyno or anything, other than SOTP, but it definitely felt more sluggish. The best that I can describe is that the engine seemed to hit it's stride in 3rd gear rather than in 2nd gear like before I took the baffles out. Also, the idle seemed a little rougher, although there was no popping on decel.

Did some research in the interwebs and discovered that removing the baffles probably caused a loss of HP and torque.

I considered buying some Big City Thunder baffles, but they don't make one that fits my pipes, as the diameter at the end of the pipe is 2 1/2". I did not want to go back to the "stock" Hard Krome baffles...then I stumbled across something called a "lollipop" baffle.

Well, I do not own a welder, and I have no idea how to use one in any case...so I improvised. Took a trip down to Lowes and bought some 1 3/4" thumbscrews, lockwashers, and nuts. Installed them into the stock holes for the original baffles. Took all of 10 minutes to install, and for less that $5 in parts I got my HP and torque back, the idle is smoother, and the pipes are still loud!

Pics will be forthcoming in the next day or so.
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old school, go to hardware store and get a thumbscrew
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's def the old school way, But works. I had a old school biker who had them in his pipes and he was telling me you tune them to the pipes and the way you want by rotating the screw to different angles, More back pressure having it at 90% for a little less turn the screw to 45%
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Cant wait to see the pictures
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I just made some for my straight pipes heh. Im not sure when I'll install them, but they'll be ready when I do. I'll post pix later.
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Not the best welding in the world, but it'll work heh.
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Not to hijack the thread but will pulling the baffles kill the MPG's?
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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we don't need no stinkin' mpgs, lol
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Lol what's mpg?
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Not to hijack the thread but will pulling the baffles kill the MPG's?
Yes it will.
I'm still running with baffles, and I'm down to 40mpg, with this intake, and HK pipes.
EDIT:let me re-phrase that cause it not entirely true, it can!!
with the baffles removed from my VLX it still gets 50+MPG and its jetted, but it has no intake mods at all, was in the high 50's.
with the baffles removed, there should be a need to rejet, and should see a reduction in MPG.
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