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05-03-2014, 10:11 PM,
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V Star 650 Pipes
Okay, so I picked up this v star 650 a couple weeks ago, and got her running. She cleaned up real nice, and she rides really comfortably. It's now time to start with the modifications to make her mine. She's a 2004 Classic, and no mods whatsoever. All factory stuff on it. The first thing that gets my attention is the boring factory exhaust pipes. Too quiet, too wimpy sounding, and too boring. Before I add anything to this bike, I want to address the exhaust. I've done a bit of research, and so far I think I like the Vance & Hines pipes best. I'm torn between the Shortshots and the Cruzers. Anyone here have either of those type on their bike? Or maybe you have a completely different brand of pipes that I haven't yet considered. I'm going to order them in a couple of weeks, so I'd like to know which kind you're running and if you like em. I know I'll need to re-jet the bike and add a custom air intake. No problem. I just want to know which pipes are the best sounding for the 650.

Thanks!
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05-03-2014, 10:52 PM,
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RE: V Star 650 Pipes
(05-03-2014, 10:11 PM)Zenk Wrote: Okay, so I picked up this v star 650 a couple weeks ago, and got her running. She cleaned up real nice, and she rides really comfortably. It's now time to start with the modifications to make her mine. She's a 2004 Classic, and no mods whatsoever. All factory stuff on it. The first thing that gets my attention is the boring factory exhaust pipes. Too quiet, too wimpy sounding, and too boring. Before I add anything to this bike, I want to address the exhaust. I've done a bit of research, and so far I think I like the Vance & Hines pipes best. I'm torn between the Shortshots and the Cruzers. Anyone here have either of those type on their bike? Or maybe you have a completely different brand of pipes that I haven't yet considered. I'm going to order them in a couple of weeks, so I'd like to know which kind you're running and if you like em. I know I'll need to re-jet the bike and add a custom air intake. No problem. I just want to know which pipes are the best sounding for the 650.

Thanks!

I've got a set of Cruzers I'm going to put on mine. I haven't put them on yet because I'm still dealing with a check-engine light issue. As soon as the dealer gets that fixed under warranty the Cruzers are going on. What made me decide on the Cruzers was that, with every clip I heard with the baffles in, the Cruzers weren't terribly loud but just had a really nice, throaty sound. I'm a musician so I don't want something crazy loud...my hearing is too important. But, the stock exhaust sounds like a sewing machine and I want something that sounds like a motorcycle.

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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04-07-2015, 11:43 AM,
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RE: V Star 650 Pipes
I am wrestling with the same decision. I have heard nothing but good things about the Cruzers, but have yet to here ANYTHING about the Short shots. Does anyone have any personal experience with the Short shots? Are they generally louder than the Cruzers? More obnoxious?
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04-10-2015, 01:00 PM,
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RE: V Star 650 Pipes
I just put the Cruzers on my 650 Classic a few weeks ago. and I'm very happy with them. So much better than stock. I went with the Cruzers because I liked their looks compared to the short shots. I like my bike to look nostalgic and more like a roaster and I thought the Cruzers were more along that line.
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04-10-2015, 05:41 PM,
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RE: V Star 650 Pipes
Hmmm...just realized that I never came back to this thread after actually installing the Cruzers on my 650 Custom. I left the baffles in and they're just the right sound for my taste - throaty without being painfully loud. They've been on for close to a year now and still look and sound great.

If leaving the baffles in the sound will deepen and get a little louder after the first couple of rides because the glass packing settles.
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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