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post #1 of 11 Old 12-16-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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2 Bros or not 2 Bros, that is the question.

I got a set of the carbon fibres used in great shape and after reading
about the noise and repacking issues, I am starting to wonder if I should
just resell them and stick with stockers and put the money into other
improvements.

Is there really any improvement in performance? Is the weight savings
worth it? Are they really as difficult to repack as some have posted?
Are they really that noisy?

I just bought a Pat Walsh stebel horn kit and am just as happy to blast
cagers with the air horn as with the pipes so that covers that issue.

Any thoughts, suggestions?

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They are not straight pipe loud, but deep and quite throaty for sure. You would also be wise to have a PCV for fuel management as well, and the weight loss is around 17 pounds over stock I believe? I am not a fan of the 2Bros, better overall systems out there for less money, and many are putt off by how much louder they are as well. I believe them being louder has something to do with the garbage they use for packing, but I could be wrong. Carbon fiber will be more tricky to repack I would imagine over aluminum or stainless. I had Leo Vinci on my last 1000 and they looked and sounded great, but I see myself investing my money elsewhere on my current Strom.

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They are not straight pipe loud, but deep and quite throaty for sure. You would also be wise to have a PCV for fuel management as well, and the weight loss is around 17 pounds over stock I believe? I am not a fan of the 2Bros, better overall systems out there for less money, and many are putt off by how much louder they are as well. I believe them being louder has something to do with the garbage they use for packing, but I could be wrong. Carbon fiber will be more tricky to repack I would imagine over aluminum or stainless. I had Leo Vinci on my last 1000 and they looked and sounded great, but I see myself investing my money elsewhere on my current Strom.
I do have the PCV which was going in with or without the pipes.

Thank you for the info.
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I had 2 bros carbon on my '06 Vee. They are actually part of my decision to sell it and keep my wee. They were pretty annoying after a few hundred miles.


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I don't have 2 Bros., but I have D&D on my TLS. I absolutely love the sound from that beast, but I found it annoying when I took it on a lap of Colorado. I still have them on, but I wouldn't bother with my putting the same on my Vee. Plus, I have been stopped more than once on my Vee going slightly :biggrinjester: above the posted speed limit and have yet to receive a citation. I have to wonder if the outcome would have been the same had the exhaust been loud.

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I tend to agree with the others here that they are a bit annoying, at least for my taste. Some seem to enjoy them though. I was lucky enough to find a used set of Leo's and a Dobeck unit here (separately) for a bit over $300 and have been quite pleased with the quality, sound and performance.
If the TB's install is as easy as the Leo's, you might give them a try so you'll know for sure

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I had mine on for twenty minutes, then took them off, then built baffles and dyno tuned the pcIII. much better. I just was too embarrassed to pin the throttle in urban environments. A bit more attention than I wanted, dogs barking, people coming out there front doors. I do enjoy the tone, and the weight savings! the newer units have DB killers that help alot.

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It is a 1 hour install on a vee and it is completely reversible. Since you have them I would just put them on and make a decision that way. They are already used so you aren't lowering the value any by using them and its really a minimal time investment to put them on and remove them if you don't love them.

Exhaust is such a matter of personal preference. I love hearing the bike and I really like a reasonable aftermarket exhaust but some people definitely do not. Just try it.

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You have them already, so try them out.

My 06 Vee came with the old style C3 cans and they sound good to me, loud yes, but nothing like the average Harley. I would not pay $700 for the exhaust if it were my money, but they were free. At 29K they still sound deep and are not blown out yet.

On my old bike I hated the very hot KTM 950 mufflers, so I put Leo SBK's on it. I actually like the two brothers sound better. It might be the different bikes, but both are high revving v-twins and the two brothers have a better sound and the cans are better quality. When they get raspy its time to repack. I don't think you can sneak up on anyone with stock exhaust anyway. Its defiantly a money burning a hole in your pocket thing, I wouldn't go out of my way to add noise. I thought I would dislike the 2bros but, they actually rumble along very well. After a while you get accustomed to the noise...
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i put two bros chrome on mine. very mixed emotions! in town and around, I love it!!! my gas mileage sucks because i'm always on the throttle needlessly. i even pegged the rev limiter for the first time ever on all my bikes. the bike is obnoxiously loud--and i love it! BUT......i can see where i would get tired of it on a long trip. and since I bought this bike for trips--mexico/western states/alaska, the pipe will probably go. I'm keeping it on until after my first multi day ride this spring and then i'll decide. I'm thinking it's not the 'noise' but but the engine as i've always had big inline fours and mostly ackroprovick which are the best for me. an this little 650 was perfect power wise and then i put the pipe on--now i want a big bike again

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