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Exhaust...

I know it's been beaten to death but after much thought and procrastination coupled with even more thinking... I drilled 1/2" holes in the plugged exhaust. I'm very happy with it. Sounds much better, deeper at idle and richer at speed. No leaky exhaust sound and I feel zero power loss. If you decide to do this used a good drill bit and be patient.
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Where exactly did you drill the holes? Can you post pics?
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Where exactly did you drill the holes? Can you post pics?

I drilled the holes in the plugged ports at the end of each exhaust pipe. There's 3 on each side, 2 are plugged and one is open, I drilled out the plugged ones. I'll post some pics when I get off work but there's an exhaust thread that has pics on it if you search. That's how I found out about it in the first place and decided to go for it.
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You explained it well. Pics are not necessary (unless you want). Thanks for the information and I plan on doing that same thing in the spring.
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You explained it well. Pics are not necessary (unless you want). Thanks for the information and I plan on doing that same thing in the spring.
If and when you do, let us know what you think. It's so subjective and the more input as to quality of sound the better. Sound clips never help, unless just comparing two or more against each other. They never sound like "real-life".
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I was on the fence about it for 8 months or so, just trying to decide if it would be worth it. I finally just said screw it and tried it out. So far I'm very happy with the sound. I agree with KUGO, sound clips are so subjective and differ from bike to bike or video to video. I like the fact that it sounds less like a hopped up sewing machine now and more like a motorcycle!
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That explains so much! My dad had a Valkyrie and I rode that one a bit, then I wound up buying an identical one back in November. The sounds on mine I thought was a lot better, but couldn't identify why as they're the same pipes. But now inspecting the pipes, I see the previous owner must have done this drilling.
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This might sound like a dumb question. But here goes....
Is there exhaust gas exiting now through the two new holes you drilled?

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I was on the fence about it for 8 months or so, just trying to decide if it would be worth it. I finally just said screw it and tried it out. So far I'm very happy with the sound. I agree with KUGO, sound clips are so subjective and differ from bike to bike or video to video. I like the fact that it sounds less like a hopped up sewing machine now and more like a motorcycle!
That’s too funny that you said that! I have a friend who does sewing as a side gig and she said that same thing about the sound being like an industrial size sewing machine! Time to fix that...
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Absolutely! When my wife told me it sounded like a motorcycle now versus a sewing machine, I knew I had made the right decision!
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