Hey guys, Just thought id show some a couple things ive been working on.
First the exhaust: I love the look of the 9er when its stock cans are off. Theres soo much real estate under there, but obviously its just WAY too loud for anyone that has neighbors within a mile, unless you want to be 'that guy' in your hood. So, I decided to fab the next best thing! Ill start by saying, this was not my first idea, but it was
the cheapest, so I figured Id start there. I took some 1.5 inch pipe, put a 20 deg. kick in it, grabbed two 8" drop in baffles and started playing. the end result: bad ass! it sounds SOO nice, i cant believe it! Its not at all what i was expecting to come out. Its got a nice deep tone to it, the throttle response is as crisp as ive felt, and its not overbearingly loud! when I did the bafflectomy, i only pulled the main baffle, so that is all i have to compare it to, as I dont know anyone else with a 9. I would say its slightly louder, but honestly, not more than 5-8 db.
The original idea was to use black header paint on the wrap, but once i put it on, i realized how much it matches the rest of the bike, so for now, it will stay natural. Im going to be adding a few red accents to the bike, so I will do the baffle tip (the black ring at the end) in red, along with fabbing/ mounting a perforated heat shield, also in red. the stainless clamps will be black to tie that in too. Im sure its not for everyone, but considering it cost me about $45 in parts, cut a bunch of weight off the bike, and sounds killer.. it makes me smile, so it was more than worth the afternoons work!
Next:solo rearsets. not too much in the way of fabbing, just some clean-up and paint. (made simple with my sand blaster!) step one, but them from Helimech (great guy, fast shipping and a hell of a deal. buy with confidence!), blast them, clean-up, paint, (add disappointment with the glossiness of the satin
clear i used..) add new pegs, call it a day.
Painted / assembled:
im still working on a few other things as well, but ive been riding alot, so ive been splitting my time. next up are modding/mounting a Z1000 flyscreen (maybe.. depends on how it looks) a few paint details, fabbing some grab rail plugs, and installing my 'the2wheels' order, modding front fender..blah blah blah...
anyway.. just thought id share.