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i just love the look of the stock pipes. i haven't seen any aftermarkets i like better yet. i've seen the posts on removing the baffles, and think that's great. i'm curious if there's also a way to remove the catalytic converter from the stock pipes. i remember someone said this takes up a good portion of the weight, and i'm sure that it doesn't help the airflow either. where is it located? what do you think is involved in removing it completely?

i'm thinking that removing this and the baffles may be a better pipe solution for me than aftermarkets.
 

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phaed said:
i just love the look of the stock pipes. i haven't seen any aftermarkets i like better yet. i've seen the posts on removing the baffles, and think that's great. i'm curious if there's also a way to remove the catalytic converter from the stock pipes. i remember someone said this takes up a good portion of the weight, and i'm sure that it doesn't help the airflow either. where is it located?  what do you think is involved in removing it completely?

i'm thinking that removing this and the baffles may be a better pipe solution for me than aftermarkets.
I agree about the stock pipes. At a recent bike night I had several people approach me and comment how good the bike sounded when I pulled into the parking area. They said it was hard to believe the pipes were completely stock as they had a nice throaty rumble. I had V&H on my VTX and after a month I ordered and installed quiet baffles. Even with the baffles the sound was almost deafening. I guess age brings hearing losses along with wisdom and a desire to save what hearing is left.
 

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From what I learned on my 04 R1 removing the cat will give you little to no increase in power. As far as weight goes, if you cut it out and reweld it you will save some weight but if you just remove the honeycomb you wont save much. That stuff is a real pain in the ass to get out also.
 

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First of all i am sure it is a three stage catalyst. You also may want to check your state laws. In Md if it comes equipped and emission controll devices they must remain on there. It would be caught when the bike is inspected for the new owner. And I am sure they are not cheep.
 

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First of all i am sure it is a three stage catalyst. You also may want to check your state laws. In Md if it comes equipped and emission controll devices they must remain on there. It would be caught when the bike is inspected for the new owner. And I am sure they are not cheep.
New owner??? You mean your not keeping yours for ever?? I ws thinking of being buried on mine :joke: :joke:
 

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Don't get me wrong, I love my bike and I will keep it for quite a while. In 7-15 years or so, there might be another bike out there that grabs me. I'm just thinking ahead.
 

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From what I learned on my 04 R1 removing the cat will give you little to no increase in power. As far as weight goes, if you cut it out and reweld it you will save some weight but if you just remove the honeycomb you wont save much. That stuff is a real pain in the ass to get out also.
hahaha! I thought I was the only one who had a hard time getting the honeycomb out of my ZX12R !! that's funny. It looked so easy until I spent 45 minutes with needle nose pliers......

-Chad
 

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hahaha! I thought I was the only one who had a hard time getting the honeycomb out of my ZX12R !! that's funny. It looked so easy until I spent 45 minutes with needle nose pliers......

-Chad
That and a screw driver and hammer beating the crap out of it lol. I looked in this one and it would be even more difficult to remove because you cant get to it very well.
 
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