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post #1 of 18 Old 08-31-2013, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up 2012 DL650abs Akrapovic Install with OEM Adventure Cases for Clearance

Hi Everyone after working with one of our fellow Stromtroopers we have these photos and instructions for anyone wanting to install The Akrapovic Exhaust on the DL650abs with Adventure Luggage Racks to solve any clearance questions easily,



There are two holes on the strap, One originally intended for the canister strap bolt, and one smaller hole one below it nearest to the canister, Simply drill the smaller, lower hole, the same size as the original bolt hole as per the image.

Do not, as was suggested in some other installation tips, extend the existing bolt hole down by elongating it. Drill out the existing small lower hole to match the original bolt only,



Then install the canister and connector pipe sections as per the manual instructions with one exception.

Place the supplied 1 inch washer on the first bolt where the canister and connector pipe join together as per the image for the correct spacing.







This will make installing the 2012 DL650 abs Akrapovic Exhausts with the OEM Adventure Luggage Racks sweet and easy and eliminate clearance issues with the Exhaust Tip now clearing the back brace bar of the luggage rack and the pipe sitting very nicely in and tight to bike for lots of side clearance as well,

Let me know whenever I can help you out with anything,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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Could you possibly plz post a photo or twenty directly from the rear to better document the lateral clearance gained with this mod? I'm Glee-curious and one of my hangups is that I'm both symmetry-OCD and hate wide luggage setups such as the stock adv. I'd want to do a custom rack with an aftermarket can to get something symmetrical in the 36" total width range. There was a feller on this forum working on that with a GPR exhaust, but he seems to have moved on in all sorts of ways.
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I just added in a photo to show you where the 1 inch spacer washer is installed,



This quick and easy mod will solve clearance and installation questions for our bikes regarding installing this great exhaust system,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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This mod still won't work on every Adventure. I drilled out the lower hole, which raised the can, but not nearly enough. I then cut about 1/2-inch off of the mid pipe. It still interferes with the stock rack. I posted some picture on another thread. My intent isn't to bash the Akrapovic system, I just to warn prospective buyers that it may not fit with the stock Adventure racks even after slicing and dicing.
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When Ron, who supplied the insight and photo did his, he did not want to cut the pipe so he worked out where to set the 1 inch spacer to give him the clearance he required,

I know that those following his approach have had good luck as well. If you would like Ron's email address to contact him directly to discuss the install and procedure you can send me an email request and I will send it directly to you rather than posting it up here,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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Blair is correct. Have no fear installing an Akrapovic with the Adventure model. It is just a simple / easy drilling that is needed to get these awesome pipes on your bike. NO CUTTING OF PIPES NEEDED. I you need help or advice just PM. I will be more than happy to help.

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Blair is correct. Have no fear installing an Akrapovic with the Adventure model. It is just a simple / easy drilling that is needed to get these awesome pipes on your bike. NO CUTTING OF PIPES NEEDED. I you need help or advice just PM. I will be more than happy to help.

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I second that... I just installed these pipes and it was no problem (drilled the hole as suggested.) 2012 650 Adventure. Sounds great. Next is the Air Filter and power commander (tomorrow, I'm beat.)

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Awesome. I'm so glad no cutting is needed. Drilling one hole and following these great photos seems re-assuring.

It seems I recall DT complaining he never got the spacer. Without the spacer perhaps clearance was a problem. Even if missing, any hardware store would have spacers.

One question:
1) do the rivets really make a buzzing sound on the Akra pipes as two or three fellow troopers noted? If so, is there a solution?

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video showing off the sweet sound of that engine?
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