How to Pick a Harley Exhaust
There are numerous options for customizing a Harley-Davidson. One of the most common enhancements is changing the exhaust system. The reasons for changing the exhaust include performance, sound and appearance. New systems can cost up to $1,200 or more, but typically average around $500. There are many ways to choose an exhaust system for your Harley-Davidson, and for the price you'll pay, it's wise to do extensive research before purchasing your new system. There are several ways to learn about the different types of exhaust systems on the market.
- Moderately Easy
- Internet access
- Motorcycle magazines
- Motorcycle catalogs
- List of motorcycle events
Look at all the bikes, and if you see a system you like, ask the owner how he feels about the pipes -- the sound, performance, quality of the chrome or other finish. The owner might be able to offer other insights as well, including where to find the best price.
Write down the names of manufacturers and styles, and check with bike shops, online auction sites, online parts stores or manufacturer websites to find out costs of purchase and installation.
Check with an independent motorcycle shop for a greater selection of systems. V-Twin Manufacturing is an aftermarket parts distributor that sends catalogs to their dealers to hand out to customers.
Buy motorcycle magazines at bike shops or newsstands.
Look at manufacturers such as Vance and Hines, Samson and SuperTrapp online. Some manufacturers have audio files that let you hear the sound of the exhaust. They'll also give you performance specifications.
Visit online parts stores such as J&P Cycles, Dennis Kirk and Cheap Cycle Parts for more ideas and more information about prices and installation.