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post #1 of 12 Old 06-12-2019, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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muffler lowering for 2017 650

I have a kit to lower the muffler on my 2017 (after I slightly melted a set of bags).

Looking at my bike I can't see where I'd lower the muffler coming from the header side. The link kit makes sense, but not sure where in the exhaust line I'd be rotating it etc.

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https://photos.app.goo.gl/5TnMKqFk5DH1iuY68

Did the exhaust system change in 2017, the pics I've seen of other bikes look quite different.

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Did the exhaust system change in 2017, the pics I've seen of other bikes look quite different.
Yes, 2017+ has different exhaust than previous models. The muffler moved lower. Where did you get this kit? Link to it?
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Yes, 2017+ has different exhaust than previous models. The muffler moved lower. Where did you get this kit? Link to it?
https://www.adventuretech.biz/saddle-bag-guards.html
>Standard offset is 2.5" (63 mm). Longer offsets by request at no extra charge. Free optional muffler lowering bracket with each set.
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I'm sure the guy who sells/makes these would be happy to respond...

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The saddle bag guards will keep the bags out of the wheel. No doubt about that. And they work great with bags chosen given the space available. No doubt about that either.

However, people sometimes (too often?) choose a bag without considerign the space available. It is very easy to select a set of bags that are too big (deep) on the 2017 DL650. Espeacially for americans. We like more, bigger, etc. The fact of the matter is that you can not use deep/tall bags on the Wee3. You can not put a 13" tall bag in a 12" space espeacially if the that lower limit is due to the presence of a hot muffler.

Unlike the Vee2 and Vee3 (2014+ DL1000s), the muffler can not be lowered by loosing the clamp and turning it a few degrees. We offer a free muffler lower brakcet to help with these models. I woudl be happy to do teh same for the Wee3 if it were possible.

Howeer, the muffler on the 2017+ DL650 can not be adjusted lower. It is simply a limiting factor that must be taken into account when selected bags.

I recieved an email yesterday as follows.

Hi Rick,
Thanks for making the saddle bag guards.
I am using them with Nelson Rigg small extendable bags and they work great.
Good fit and no sagging.



I'll let the member identify himself, but his expereince is due in no small part to his choice of bag. Anyone trying to use a set of Nelson Rigg 850s (very tall, ~14" or so) on the same setup would be very unhappy in in short order.

This has been an onging challenge for Wee3 owners. I tried to start a thread a while back on bags that work well for the Wee3. Now we know those in the picture do. And of course many other manufacturer's shorter bags will work as well.

I'll try contating Nelson Rigg again tomorrow to see if we can sell their short exandable bag along with the saddle bag guards, but I suggest people with bags that fit let people know of their success. They woudl be doing their fellow riders a service.

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Unlike the Vee2 and Vee3 (2014+ DL1000s), the muffler can not be lowered by loosing the clamp and turning it a few degrees. We offer a free muffler lower brakcet to help with these models. I woudl be happy to do teh same for the Wee3 if it were possible.
I think we have some confusion because the page for the "Guards for Soft Saddlebags ​2014+ DL1000 and 2017+ DL650" says "Free optional muffler lowering bracket with each set." No mention that our model is excluded.
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Try something like this. I put 2 of them on and have no issues.

https://moskomoto.com/collections/ha...st-heat-shield
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I'll check our webpages and clean them up if needed. Originally the saddlebag guards were for just the 2014+ DL1000. I think that was the source of any misleading text.

OP,

Call me or send a contact form from our website if needed. I know there is a need here and have tried to help.

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I'll check our webpages and clean them up if needed. Originally the saddlebag guards were for just the 2014+ DL1000. I think that was the source of any misleading text.

OP,

Call me or send a contact form from our website if needed. I know there is a need here and have tried to help.
Just wanted to say thanks to Rick for all his assistance. No complaints there at all!

Thanks again!

I've got the nelson riggs SE-3050 which are definitely too tall for my setup. I'm going to install a muffler guard and when I repair my bags from the heat damage I'm going to throw on a layer of heat tape so it doesn't happen again.

I really wish I'd found the adventuretech soft saddle bag guards before I threw money into my givi racks.
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I really wish I'd found the adventuretech soft saddle bag guards before I threw money into my givi racks.

Very interested in this topic as I have been debating soft vs hard bags for some time now. I like the way those smaller Nelson Rigg bags look on Rickís supports and they would be sufficient for most of my purposes. I also have a couple of spare pelican 1500 cases that I am considering converting to hard luggage. Iíd like to find a rack that can accommodate either and Iím wondering what your thoughts on the Givi rack is specific to soft luggage, depth issue of your current bags notwithstanding? Iím guessing if you had the smaller Nelson Rigg bags they may be more suitable.



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