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Reviewed by: Tyler Mariott (tmarriott48)
Reviewed for: 1996 Pearl & Red 1100 Virago
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 4
Ease of install: 2
Would buy again: yes
Happy with sound: 5
2 hours and a phone call or two will 'get'r done!'. Be sure to purchase new copper exhaust gaskets as well. These pipes are awesome, very throaty but not obnoxious. It is raining tonight so I can't actually take it out for a ride. Additional instructions follow. As I started removing the stock exaust I found an entire 'exhust system' up inside the frame. I was reluctant to remove this amount of metal but then realized that part of the overheating problem I have had comes from the 'exhust box' that sits directly beneath the rear cylinder. By installing a full pipe system it removes all this heat and weight! Not mentioned in the Jardine instructions is the fact the Left passenger foot peg mounts directly to the exhust box. Once the stock exhaust system is removed you have to obtain a new 9mm nut to remount that passenger peg. The biggest 'trick' to removing the stock rear header is to drop the flange first then spread the 'retainer' ring of the header. This allows the flange to then slip up over the top of the pipe and then the pipe to slip down and out of the frame. I did remove the center kickstand but I am not convinced now I had to. It seems the rear header probably would have slipped out. However, since I seldom use the center stand I might just leave it off. Use a dab of gasket sealer on the exhaust gaskets to keep them 'up' in the head while you fit in the header pipes. Installation is simple but easier if the GF supports the tails as you get things connected. Use the Right Passenger peg bolt to temporarilly support the Rear pipe. Leave the rear flange nuts slightly loose. Mount the front pipe and lightly thread on the flange nuts. Allign the bolt that connects the two pipes together. (This was slightly off and took a bit of work to get it alligned correctly.) Reset the Right Passenger peg. Tighten the flange nuts for both rear and front exhaust flanges. Tighten the supplied pipe connection bolt, then tighten the passenger peg bolts.
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