(Sorry, couldn’t resist the silly title)
Anyway, hot on the heels of my installation of the Dynojet Thunderslide last week, I decided to change mufflers. I guess I still haven’t quite shaken the customization bug. Well, after all, I have been riding with essentially the same pipes for nearly ten years now. Time for a change. “Without change, something in us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”
After deliberating for a while, I decided on the Python staggered dual pipes and promptly paced an order for them. They arrived much sooner than I expected, came with everything needed for installation, and I completed the job in about an hour.
The Python staggered dual pipes retain the two into two look, but come equipped with a hidden cross over chamber, similar to the power chamber on the Vance & Hines Big Shots. I couldn’t wait to hear what they sound like on my hog!
The first task was to remove the existing pipes. Despite the awkward placement of some of the flange bolts, this task went off much easier than expected.
The next step was to place the heat shields on the pipes and fix the heat shield clamps in place. Then came the mounting plate.
The Python staggered duals reuse the stock flanges and clips. So I removed these from the stock pipes and placed them on the Pythons.
Then came the final step in the installation process, putting the pipes on the bike. This too was much easier than I expected it to be. Everything fit in place pretty easily.
After that, all that was left was a test ride. Upon firing up the engine, my ears were in for a treat! The pipes spit out a wonderful deep throaty rumble, with just that touch of metallic reverb that I had hoped for.
Taking it for a spin around the block, it could be my imagination, but there seemed be a slight flat spot in low range power that wasn’t there before. Could be just my brain playing tricks on me. Just the same, I might consider going up another size on the pilot jet. Still, the pipes are supposed to be engineered for increased performance “throughout the entire rpm range,” and the true test will be a highway trial run. Might just do that tomorrow during my lunch break!
Can’t complain, though. The Pythons look totally bad-ass, and sound even better. Color me a happy biker!