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I just purchased a 2001 Vulcan. The bike has Vance & Hines exhaust pipes - each straight out of the exhaust port. No crossovers. It is really loud, which was fun and first but quickly it is getting on my nerves. It also backfires and pops a great deal when engine braking. The former owner has the original exhaust but has to dig it out of his garage/adult toy box. I prefer a more quiet ride. This is so loud it's all consuming.

I assume the original exhaust will have the goats belly, but I see a lot of posts discussing de-goating the bike.

Other than sound, what are the benefits of keeping or removing it?

Are there options to keep the ride quiet without the goat?

If I make the change and am happy with it, I'll have a really clean set of Vance & Hines pipes to sell!
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I just purchased a 2001 Vulcan. The bike has Vance & Hines exhaust pipes - each straight out of the exhaust port. No crossovers. It is really loud, which was fun and first but quickly it is getting on my nerves. It also backfires and pops a great deal when engine braking. The former owner has the original exhaust but has to dig it out of his garage/adult toy box. I prefer a more quiet ride. This is so loud it's all consuming.

I assume the original exhaust will have the goats belly, but I see a lot of posts discussing de-goating the bike.

Other than sound, what are the benefits of keeping or removing it?

Are there options to keep the ride quiet without the goat?

If I make the change and am happy with it, I'll have a really clean set of Vance & Hines pipes to sell!

What are you looking to get for the pipes?


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You can fix the popping on deceleration w/ idle adjustment screws. If those pipes are too loud to you, some of the Harley's must be down right insufferable (and I agree!)

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Are there baffles installed in the V&H pipes? Sadly, the previous owner of my 86 threw the V&H baffles into the trash, leaving me with completely open pipes that sounded unbearably loud and caused my low end to suffer greatly. After speaking with Smartpartz, I found baffles that would work with my current situation - #SPZSEII. After installing, my exhaust mellowed out a lot, didn't piss off the neighbors and little birdies, and gave a nice boost to my low end power.

If you still have the existing baffles from V&H, you can get a baffle insert from Smartpartz that will help decrease the sound even more.

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Thank you. I'll look into it.
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