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post #1 of 31 Old 11-05-2007, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sato Exhaust Install

I installed the Sato exhausts from Ebay this weekend. As sound goes, the 919 stock sounds like an ill-tempered sewing machine; with the Satos, the sound takes on a lower, more throbbing note, like a growling beast. My girlfriend has also remarked that the bike "sounds sexier," and my informal butt dyno reports an increase in horsepower. I'm pleased!

Here's the Praying Mantis with her stock exhausts.


Off comes the seat, then the grab rail. See that little clip in the foreground, connecting the tail section to the plastic surrounding the seat? Both of those need to come out.


Next the pair of 10mm bolts under the seat need to be removed.


finally, unplug the 'lectrical connections to the taillight, and you can remove the tail section.



Tail section off.


Remove the hanger bolt (13 mm) to free the exhaust from the frame.


Loosen each exhaust clamp and remove each exhaust. Don't forget to remove the old clamp as well!



No exhaust, no tail section


Where'd the rear end go?


In the box, ready to go. Note that I've already used a bit of rubber cement to glue the rubber pads onto the exhaust hangers, and positioned the exhaust clamps.


Place the exhaust hanger clamp at the ready, with both 5 mm allen-head bolts loose for later adjustment.


Slip the exhausts over the old headers


And attach the exhaust hanger to its allen bolt. Don't tighten anything down yet, there will be much fiddling and re-adjusting to get both exhausts even! The suggested order for tightening is: 1. Exhaust clamp 2. Upper exhaust hanger allen-head bolt 3. Lower exhaust hanger allen-head bolt.



Note position of exhaust clamp nut--facing down and angled slightly inward toward the rear tire.


Exhaust hanger attachment


Evened up to my satisfaction at last


Lookin' good, now just needs the nameplates (got 'em from Dan Kyle, since they weren't included with the ebay set)


After a couple of pops with the blind rivet gun


And now, it's time to ride!


My destination for the day: Muir Beach overlook, off Hwy. 1. Ahhhhhh.




Harbor seals at Bolinas Lagoon

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post #2 of 31 Old 11-05-2007, 02:21 PM
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I've done that ride many a time, isn't that road along the marsh into Stinson beach a-freaking-mazing??!!

Nice exhaust, BTW, love the Satos.

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Yep, that bit of road next to Bolinas Lagoon is lovely--especially after the goat-trail heck of Fairfax-Bolinas Road!

I wanted to challenge myself to take those 1st-gear hairpins with the 919, after a confidence-busting experience a month ago with the VFR--an oncoming SUV was barrelling down the hill on that road, over the DY in my lane, and while I successfully swerved to miss the jerk, I then slipped in wet redwood needles and plonked down at sub-5mph, adding a scratch or two to my fairing. feh.

This time, I had more fun, though I managed to miss the big pool of oil and shattered car grill near the intersection with Hwy 1; looked like a deer strike had happened the night before. The 919 did better than the VFR on super-tight hairpins. The upright position, wide bars and lower center of gravity helped. But the power delivery of the 919 is "notchier" than the VFR's, which is most noticeable at goat-trail speeds in 1st and 2nd gear--so now, of course, I'm considering a Powercommander.

Here's a map of the (lovely) route.

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Looks great! Love the green too. I have the same color 2004 and do not see many of them.

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Very nice pics of the install...thanks for taking all the time to show the step by step process...I'm sure that will help alot of us in the future. Love the SATOs....

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Way to document the installation process, nice job! Gotta get a PCIII with the Satos, you won't believe the difference, makes it into a completely different machine.

Beautiful ride too, I'm jealous. I rode 150 miles yesterday, but just went to Bloomington and back to Indy, not quite the same somehow.

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That's the one! Gotta get out there early now with the time change

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Looking good! Nice write up.

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Nemo -- Can you post a sound bite of your Satos?

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Nice write-up, Nemo! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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Holy windscreen Batman! Nice pipes dude.

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Nice writeup! You will find that with the Satos and a PCIII the infamous "stink" problem is greatly reduced due to the extended tips of the Satos and the leaner mapping of the Power Commander. The off-idle jerkiness also improves with A PCIII.

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I just bought an 06 with PC III and Satos already installed. I love it!, but not sure what stock was like. I do have the stock slip-ons, but why would I ever put them on??

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First thank you for heads up and enjoy your new toys... I've got a semi-technical question for this...

Would you need to adjust anything digitally or mechanically after changing the stock exhaust system for a performance exhaust...Cause you know better CO2 exit would improve burning and could need a fix on injection system... I also heard a power commander would be a nice compliment to a nice performance exhaust like yours...

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I'm not very technically inclined at all, I fear, so can't answer your question. I haven't adjusted anything--the 919 is fuel-injected, so no carb-re-jetting needed.

But I am installing a Powercommander next, so I can certainly compare my impressions.

I'm hoping to smooth out that off-idle jerkiness, too. And yeah, I know that (Givi) screen is huge, but I'm keeping it on 'til spring, when the OEM Honda screen goes on. Good protection in the cold wind and rain, and I don't have a car.

I don't have a sound bite of the Satos myself, but here's a YouTube vid of 'em: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G42g4HCEcyM
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First of all, GREAT write up and thanks for taking the time to do it!! It is really nice to have a forum where people take the time to do that kind of sfuff.

So, how are the Sato's? I can't wait for tax return time when I order mine. I have a few questions for you.

How loud are they? I'm not looking for a decimal readout here, just a "really loud", or a "nice and strong" I'm looking for a better sound without extreme noise.

Do they stay cool enough for two up? I don't want anybody burning legs.

And, overall what do you think of them. Worth the cash? Vs, say, Yoshi or Mivv?

I have heard nothing but great things about them on this forum. Sorry for the interrogation, I just like to hear other people's thoughts on stuff like this.

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Well, the sound the bike makes with the Satos makes me giggle with 14-year-old-boy glee, even though I'm a 33-year-old woman. Does that help? The sound is a bit louder, though not obnoxiously so (haven't set off any car alarms or pissed off the neighbors), but definitely of a lower, growlier register than the stock cans. Listen to the Youtube sound clip posted above.

I have no experience with other aftermarket exhausts, so can't really compare anything other than the stock cans and the Satos, and the Satos are hands down more of a pleasure to listen to. And I got them used from Ebay; it would have been much harder for me to spring for full price; they're certainly quite well-made and pleasing, though.

I've ridden with them 2-up, and while the canister itself stays surprisingly cool, the pipes into the canister get intensely hot. I ordered the heat shields from Dan Kyle for saddlebags and longer 2-up trips, and intend to put 'em on over the long weekend.

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wow nemo,nice write upkeep us updated on the heatsheild,i'm interested to see how they look. btw,pipes look great

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I've ridden with them 2-up, and while the canister itself stays surprisingly cool, the pipes into the canister get intensely hot. I ordered the heat shields from Dan Kyle for saddlebags and longer 2-up trips, and intend to put 'em on over the long weekend.

Didn't your pipes come with the heatshields? Satos come with titanium shields, I had mine powdercoated black, along with the canister clamps...

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC00681.jpg

The carbon fiber canisters only get warm to the touch, the heatshields stay cool as well.

Soundwise, much louder than stock, but too loud? Nah!

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I got the Satos from Ebay, so they didn't come with heatshields. Powdercoating is a pretty cool idea, as well.

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I got the Satos from Ebay, so they didn't come with heatshields. Powdercoating is a pretty cool idea, as well.

Did you post you needed some heat shields? I still have mine left over from my first 919 that I totalled so I don't need them anymore. Never installed them. Bummer.

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Alas, I should have posted that I needed the heat shields! Ah, well, Dan Kyle's not a bad biz to support.
Thanks, though.

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Thumbs up Sato Exhaust Install

Thanks for posting this. I installed a set of Sato TI's today on my 2007 919 a nd without your guide, it would have been difficult using only the instructions supplied by Sato. I'm told the stock that Kyle Racing has is all that Sato will ever have for the 919. Thanks again for the help.

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pldavid66, do they still have em in carbon at kyles???
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buying from a shop like kyles guess ill have to call em up?

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Sato Exhaust Install

Kyle racing still had stock for 919's in Carbon and TI. They price matched exotic for me which saved me about $60 on the TI's.

http://www.exoticsportbike.com/9192.htm

When I called exotic, they didn't have any stock and were not very helpful on the phone.

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Just wanted to post my pics of a Sato Exhaust with a Givi top rack. This was a puzzler since the Givi rack mounts to the front of the exhaust bolts and is incompatible with the Sato exhaust brackets. I finally mounted the rack without the exhaust brackets and used 3/8 inch sockets as spacers. Then I screwed the exhaust clamps into the side of the Givi rack using the allen screws supplied by Sato. I had to cut about 3/4inch off the front of the pipe to get the pipes to tuck in under the rack without touching. Finally, I used a fender eliminator to tuck in the turnsignals and exhaust. I'll post some pics of the results.
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did you get the heat shields installed?

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You know, I never did install the heat shields; my gf doesn't burn her legs on the exhaust as I feared she would, and I prefer the look without the shields.

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