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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,
Blair
 

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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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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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Ron

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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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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?

:) I have owned a number of Akrapovic Exhausts on a variety of bikes including the DL650 Vstrom and I have not know the rivets to make any sound,

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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.
I may be being dense on this. So you drill out the hole and then the only difference from the instructions is you put the spacer on the lower mount...... Do you also use the new hole to mount the strap to the bike?
 

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Hi,
Did you have to modify of remap your fuel sensor after the Akrapovic Install?
My mechanic thinks that without using the power commander to modify the sensor, the engine warning light will come on due to lean fuel reading in the ECU.

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Hi,
Did you have to modify of remap your fuel sensor after the Akrapovic Install?
My mechanic thinks that without using the power commander to modify the sensor, the engine warning light will come on due to lean fuel reading in the ECU.

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:) The fault indicator may come on, but not always, some bikes don't trip it.

If you order and install Power Commander and or the Akrapovic from me I include a private copy of my custom map for your bike that I developed on the Factory Pro Dyno for use with these parts on our bikes. It will make the bike run at its best and save you many hundreds in tuning costs.

Many of our Fellow Stromtroopers have gone this route and been very pleased with the results,

Email me Directly at [email protected] and I will get you looked after right away. I have also worked directly with many riders mechanics to dial in their bikes with my map and the power commander.

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About to do my install

I may be being dense on this. So you drill out the hole and then the only difference from the instructions is you put the spacer on the lower mount...... Do you also use the new hole to mount the strap to the bike?
I'm about to do my install so I wanted to bump my question. Bump.
 

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Well how did the install go?I am thinking of doing the same thing myself on a 2015 XT
It went well, I had to modify the directions above in order to get it to fit.

1. On the carbon fiber strap that comes with the exhaust there was an upper hole for mounting the bracket to the bike a lower hole for securing it to the exhaust. The lower hole used for mounting the strap to the exhaust is open on one side but has a captured nut on the other. To remove the nut I used a socket and a rubber mallet to gently tap it out. I then drilled the lower hole to be the same size as the upper hole.

2. Next I followed a combination of the included instructions and the mods in this thread (placing the 1" spacer on the lower mount and using the new hole I drilled in the bracket to mount the upper mount.

This is where I hit a snag. By using the new hole the upper part of the bracket did not fit under the black rough plastic under the painted rear panel.

Solution I cut the upper part of the bracket off at where the original mounting hole was. Eventually I will clean it up on a grinder and give it the same curve the top used to have.

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I'm very happy with the exhaust it is not too loud and has a nice throaty sound. I also added a Power Commander with Blair's custom tune. The bike feels like a new/different bike.
 
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