Perhaps the most popular mod to any bike - and one that causes more debate than any other - is the exhaust system. Riders purchase pipes for any of the following reasons
Your priorities will determine how much research you'll have to do before your purchase, and what else you'll have to install at the same time. Regardless of the reason, pipes can significantly affect performance.
Style - definitely the easiest reason to satisfy, but also the most precarious. A good-looking pipe doesn't mean it's the best match performance-wise.
Sound - sound is hard to shop for unless you've heard the pipe you want on someone else's bike (which must be the same model as yours to be a true indicator). Some pipe manufacturers do include sound bites on their websites.
NEW - We have started to collect video & sound of certain pipes installed on the Raider. Look for SOUND CLIP in the description of the pipe.
Performance - if you are interested in power gains, check out the "Educational Content" on performance posted in the Articles section of this site. Here are a few accepted ideas (rules, caveats, etc.) that experience and "those in the know" seem to reinforce.
NOTE: When replacing your exhaust, it's absolutely vital to replace the crush gaskets where the head-pipe meets the cylinder head. Some pipe manufacturers include gaskets with their systems, some don't. They run less than $25/pair, so it's a worthwhile investment. OEM Exhaust Gaskets part #1175368
Freedom Performance - A name that Raiders might not be familiar with, but have been involved with the American V-Twin market for years is Freedom Performance. In 2011, FP introduced a pretty extensive line of pipes for the Raider. With a definitive patriotic attitude, their systems carry names like "Amendment" and "Independence", and feature 2.5" diameter pipes, full coverage, seamless heat shields, and a signature sound. All Freedom Performance pipes come with a removable performance baffle, with an optional quiet baffle available, and O2 sensor bungs where required. Shipping on all Freedom Performance Exhausts is a flat $35.00 to the lower 48 continental United States.
Raider Performance is a Freedom Performance authorized dealer, and carries the complete line of Freedom Performance pipes for Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Indian, Harley-Davidson and Victory motorcycles.
The highly-anticipated follow-up to the popular Sharp Curve Radius, the new Combat system for the Raider offers renowned Freedom Performance quality, construction, and style, together with the track-proven performance gains that only a true 2-into-1 system provides. Based on their American Outlaw system for American V-twins, the Combat offers its own unique endcap design, along with a triple-step header, merge collector and megaphone muffler with 2-step baffle. Available in all chrome, chrome with black endcap, or all black ceramic.
The Sharp Curve Radius is the curved 2-into-2 exhaust that Raider enthusiasts have been asking for since day 1. Just the right length, featuring Freedom Performance's seamless heat shields and a triple-step header, the SCR offers killer style and awesome performance. Available in Chrome or Black Ceramic. Standard performance or optional quiet baffle. Featured on October 2011's Cover Bike.
Cobra USA - Cobra is currently offering four pipes for the Raider. All offer a lifetime guarantee against bluing, and full-length heat shields.
On Closeout! the Tri-Pro 2-into-1 for the Raider. From out of nowhere, Cobra announced their Tri-Pro 2-into-1 exhaust for the Raider, and then just as quickly, ceased production due to low demand. Originally designed for the Suzuki M109R, now available in both chrome and black ceramic with a chrome tip, the Tri-Pro offers the performance benefits of a true 2-into-1 system in a unique "tri-oval" package. Cobra promises a deep mellow rumble that smoothes out at highway speeds.
Forum member AZ installed the Dragsters and Cobra FI2000 Fuel Processor. Installation was painless and took less than 2 hours including the fuel processor. This system is much, much lighter than stock, offers a lot more sound, better engine breathing, and better top end performance. Check out his comments in the forum.
Vance & Hines - Vance & Hines has a reputation for manufacturing serious, quality exhaust systems. While they make every attempt to build style into every system, their priority has always been performance. V&H will never bring a pipe to market that compromises performance for appearance, and in many cases this means it might take longer than typical to bring a system to market.
Both Big Radius Systems can now be purchased directly at a significant discount by clicking the links below
Morton's Customs - A custom bike shop out of North Carolina, Morton's has introduced a set of curved, swept pipes for the Raider. Obviously influenced by their experience in the custom scene, this system is a classic, straight-through design, without baffles. To break up the reversion pulse than can cause power losses in a straight-through system, they sell a pair of optional "Power-Cones". You can expect this system to be LOUD, and Proper fuel management will be crucial with these pipes, but there's no denying the style they add. They are available in both chrome and black ceramic. Tejas Thump Cycles out of Meadow, TX, also sells these same pipes as "Raiderz", and includes the Power Cones in the purchase price.
RoadBurner - While perhaps not at the forefront in many riders minds when it comes to aftermarket exhaust systems, RoadBurner pipes are definitely worth consideration when it the market for a quality pipe. Featuring full length Doublewall Construction, RoadBurner claims to have the patent on the first non-bluing pipes in the industry, and offer a 1-year warranty that the pipes will not blue. RoadBurner's site has not been updated to show their systems on the Raider, but the following pipes can be seen on the bike and are available for purchase at Direct Line Parts.
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