After the seven or so hours it took...it was well worth it.
My father's first words after I started Priscilla up with the new V&H's on? "It reminds me of my old Sportster"
...I may even have saw a tear.
Well, why did it take seven hours for a 45 minute job you want to know?
Well, naturally nothing can go right on April Fool's day right? Well, Priscilla had a couple tricks up her sleeve today.
First off, the two studs on the rear head snapped off two minutes into the job, but luckily they left around an inch of stud to work with outside the manifold. (The front head acorn nuts came right off with no problems). So off to Home Depot to buy some stud removers. Got the stud removers on the busted studs and promptly sheared the remainder of the studs off clean with the manifold.
Off to Pep Boys to buy a tap. I drill and tap the first stud no problem. Drilling the second stud out the drill bit breaks in the stud making any further drilling almost impossible. After some careful manuvering, I remove the remainder of the drill tip and finish drilling out the stud. Time to tap! 3 or 4 threads in and the tap breaks off in the stud! Another half hour with some needle nose vise grips and the tap is removed. Off to Pep Boys for another tap...naturally they are out of the size I need so I buy an ENTIRE set!
Back home, the tap isn't too happy with the hole I drilled, but after another 45 minutes of fighting it, I get it done! On goes the exhaust (which only took about 20 minutes!)
My quick impression of the V&H Cruisers? Loud
at first. I really wasn't expecting them to be that loud, but after a minute or two you get used to them. What an absolutely AWESOME sound at idle.
I can see why some people say they are too loud, especially if they are living around neighbors who they want to stay friendly with....but it does sound very cool.
(Even if it takes seven hours to install)
More impressions later as I ride some more.