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post #1 of 9 Old 09-20-2005, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about aftermarket pipes and installation

I noticed someone's selling a set of Remus pipes over in the Classifieds, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to ask a few questions considering that know very little about what a new set of pipes might entail. (FWIW, I'm on an '04 1000)

Do aftermarket pipes (such a Remus or Two Bros) reduce gas mileage?
Do they enhance performance?
Do you have to remap the FI after installing a set, and if so, does that require also buying a PCIII or just taking the bike to a dealer with the Yoshi box?
Can a layperson like myself swap out the pipes with a basic tool set (torque wrench, hex wrench, pint o' beer) and a couple hours on the weekend?
Are people's choices in pipes similar to their choices with oil, or is one brand particularly better than another? (And I suppose it has to do with the intended purpose of the new pipes, so take me for instance... I'd prefer a deeper, louder sound, but don't plan to take it to the track (yet)... sticking with my 90/10 highway/offroad routes.)
What else am I missing?

Thanks for any feedback.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-20-2005, 10:07 PM
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Remus are nice cans. Sound pretty good and seem to be made well. That said, I do like my TBR's a bit better, having had both brands on the same bike. However, the TBR's are also louder and that can be an issue with some folks. Power is slightly more than stock pipes, not enough to require re-mapping, but I would suggest it anyway for a more 'dialed in" tune. They are easy to install and don't require any special tools, just a couple hours and some attention to detail. You will need some high temp (Ultra Copper) silicone sealant for the joint between the factory pipes and aftermarket pipes though. Enjoy the new sound!
post #3 of 9 Old 09-21-2005, 05:11 PM
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I bought a used 03 with Remus Grand Prix cans. Great sound. Deep and loud but not to loud. The owner said he had it dynoed before and after and it added around 5hp. Since I didn't install the pipes on this bike I can't say how hard or easy it was but I've added after market slip on and full systems to numerous bikes I've owned and it was never difficult. Usually the only hard part is getting everything to line up nicely before you tighten everything down.

Oh and usually on a set of slip ons you are fine with running the stock FI but it's always better to have it remapped since you should be running a bit leaner. I don't see where you live. If you're close to the Eastern Washington area I have a Yosh box you're welcome to use. That goes for anybody in my area.
 
post #4 of 9 Old 09-21-2005, 05:12 PM
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Oops nevermind I just saw that you're in MI. A bit of a ride for a free Yosh box remap...
post #5 of 9 Old 09-22-2005, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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...I have a Yosh box you're welcome to use.
Thanks for the offer. If I had a little more time on my hands I'd take you up on it just for a destination roadtrip!

And now for follow-up question: Are there any particular drawbacks I should look for when buying used cans? (other than the obvious dings and dents)

Thanks again.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-22-2005, 11:30 AM
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Adding a set of Scorpions to my 03 DL1000 not only made is sound alot better but I feel like I gained another gear!! I also INstalled the Dobeck
or Custom Chrome Digital Fuel Optomizer and added fuel to the lower end to get rid of the lean hiccups under 3000 RPM. Now I could run it dow n to 25 mph in 6th gear smoothly!...

Looks better, Feels better and small loss of mileage initially until you tune it in but gain in seat of the pants power. On the Freeway I got 52 miles per gallon with my factory side bags on for a 320 mile ride from Spokane to Lewiston Id and back...

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-22-2005, 02:42 PM
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Wow a fellow WA rider. Cool.

I'm not sure about the fuel useage since I never had the bike with the stock pipes but I recently took a trip from Spokane to Moscow and back (I think it was around 200 miles). Had my hard bags and was doing 60-80 most of the time. I got around 46-47mpg. I suppose it was the higher speed that got me. I've never seen anything in the 50's. Usually get low to mid 40's.

The sound is almost as good as my old TL1000R with M4 pipes.
post #8 of 9 Old 09-22-2005, 09:35 PM
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Gerbster,.... Where are you?
Maybe we should start our own Spokanista*Strom club.. I know of 2 other Stromers here...
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-22-2005, 10:19 PM
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I'm out in the valley near the Painted Hills golf coarse. Like I said I've got a Yosh box so you or any of the guys in the area are welcome to use it.
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