It seems with the sensitive fuel injection coupled with tougher EPA regulations, it is becoming more costly and difficult to install custom exhaust. To combat this, many of the top manufacturers have turned their attention to upgrading their mufflers. Improved sound, increased performance, and custom looks are what you can expect from the Mufflers or Slip-Ons as they are also called. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) knows there is an enormous selection of mufflers available and we want to help you select the best choice for your application.
Probably the best way for me to do this is tell you of a manufacturer and what they have to offer. So sit back and enjoy…
Samson – Even though a company is steeped in manufacturing full exhaust systems, it isn’t to difficult to adapt existing mufflers to a slip-on status. That is exactly what Samson has done. If you own a 1985-2014 Harley Touring bike or a 1986-2014 Softtail Samson has all sorts of mufflers ready to go on your bike. Just because you aren’t installing a full system doesn’t mean you won’t reap horsepower and torque gains. Also don’t think you are limited to the standard chrome look either. Up for grabs in the line up are Chrome Plated Versions, Black Ceramic Coated models (some with offsetting chrome end caps), as well as their famous Fish Tail mufflers available in varying lengths so you can definitely customize the look of your ride.
Rush – Born and bred out 30+ years of racing heritage, Rush Mufflers have received recognition in numerous trade publications for”being the best in quality and service.” That should make you feel good when you choose them for your exhaust needs. Rush has set the bar with the industries first interchangeable baffles. This allows the consumer to change the sound as well as the performance of the bike without purchasing a new set of mufflers. That’s odd, a company not looking to take all of your money. Another industry first, Rush ceramic coats the inside and the outside of the head pipes on their full systems resulting in a significant reduction of heat transferred to the rider. as is the trend, Rush mufflers are available in Chrome and Black finishes, but take it to the next step by offering custom end caps on certain models of mufflers. The customization possibilities are endless.
Cycle Shack – Cycle Shack mufflers delver what is considered by most “The Old School Harley Sound” and that is what makes them so popular. Especially with EVO motor owners. You won’t find much outside the box here because Cycle Shack has mastered the traditional look and feel of the older rides. With that being said, Chrome is the only color these guys think exhaust should be so you won’t find the popular Black versions available. Most of your cuts are traditional including the Fish Tail variety. One of the few out there with interchangeable baffles, Cycle Shack allows you to customize the sound and performance of your mufflers.
Super Trapp – Often regarded as the performance exhaust manufacturer and for many years being a metric secret, Super Trapp performance mufflers have found their way into the V-Twin arena. these mufflers are all about tuning for performance and sound, but not the traditional way. Using a diffuser disc technology patented in 1971, riders can tune the powerband and sound of their machine in just a few minutes with basic hand tools.
- Removing discs decreases the exhaust opening and increases backpressure. This effectively decreases the powerband to create more low-end torque. It also decreases exhaust tone and enriches carburetion.
- Adding discs increases the exhaust outlet and decreases back pressure. This widens the powerband at the top end. It also increases exhaust tone and leans out carburetion.
Though there are more slip-ons from other manufactures or business groups, these cover the Performance, Custom, and Old School designs from the best of the best. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) goal is to assist you with turning your bike into the Dream Machine you want it to be. Browse our huge selection and ask as many questions as you want. It is better to take your time, educate yourself and be happy with your purchase than it is to point your finger and simply say, “I want that one!”