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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2007, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Aftermarket pipes and R/R relocation?

Correct me if I'm wrong here guys, but if I understand this correctly the heat from the goat's belly is the main concern for the R/R. I've read that removing the belly and/or adding aftermarket pipes mitigates this problem. From what I remember, the V&H Cruzers were mentioned, but if I remember right these have pipes on either side of the bike.

Now to my question. I really like the look of both pipes being on the same side of the bike. I'm hoping to be able to pick up the bike this weekend ('00 VN 750) and one of the first mods that I'd like to do is add some aftermarket pipes and need to know if the crossover causes the same effect on the R/R, and would there still be a need to relocate it?

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You're right that the heat off the pre-muffler doesn't do much good for the r/r, but a weak battery is a common culprit as well (battery's discharging, stator's working hard to keep the bike running and recharge the battery, r/r's working hard to rectify the AC current to DC....steady downward spiral from there). Replacing your stock battery with a maintenance free one is your best bet. The relocation - being both low-cost and easy - is just good insurance after that (might as well let her breathe!).

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I don't think the crossover has the the same heat issues as the goat's belly. The piping is of smaller diameter and it a straight through flow from only one cylinder instead of mixing the output of both cylinders. However, relocating the R/R is easy, simple, and cheap and can't hurt.

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The maintenance free battery is 1st on my list of things to buy for the bike. I was debating on r/r relocation or new pipes for the 2nd. I'll probably end up doing both, just not sure which one will come first. My thought was that the crossover wouldn't have the same effect as the belly, just looking for a second opinion.

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The maintenance free battery is 1st on my list of things to buy for the bike. I was debating on r/r relocation or new pipes for the 2nd. I'll probably end up doing both, just not sure which one will come first. My thought was that the crossover wouldn't have the same effect as the belly, just looking for a second opinion.

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I would make the AGM MF battery, R/R relocate my first two priorities (unless the aftermarket exhaust is very soon). The premuffler is like a giant heater and it pretty much seals the bottom of the battery box area so everything above it (R/R, battery, fuse box, etc.) gets cooked.

I have an aftermarket exhaust without the premuffler and left the r/r in the factory spot. No heat problem there any more to worry about.

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