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Old 11-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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VRSCR Exhaust Clearance

I am looking to buy a VRSCR and I found one that I like. It has an exhaust I've never seen on one before and it looks pretty low slung. I am worried about ground clearance on the turns. Here is a picture of it. Any body running this pipe? any info on clearance????

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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That's a DD Fat Cat I believe. Looks to be mounted exactly like I've seen them. They sit a bit lower than a Bubs or Rinehart.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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That's a DD Fat Cat I believe. Looks to be mounted exactly like I've seen them. They sit a bit lower than a Bubs or Rinehart.
Do you think they have less clearance than stock pipes?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
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I think that Louis is running this exhaust, you might drop him a PM.
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I'd drop Louis a PM, but by the looks of that pic, yes, they definitely sit lower than stockers. I installed the V&H 2-1 this summer and the low pipe sits just about even to the lower frame rail.

I dropped my bike about 1 3/4" and I'm not seeing a scraping issue at all.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:12 PM   #6
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I raised the rear of my bike half an inch with longer shocks and I still occasionally drag the stock lower can and the third volume heat shield. That thing would last about half a days ride before I wore a hole in it, assuming I didn't lever a tire off and crash first. No part of the exhaust should be below the frame at any point.

Don't let that little detail deter you from buying the bike. Pipes can be changed and stock systems come up for sale from time to time in the classifieds here.
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I raised the rear of my bike half an inch with longer shocks and I still occasionally drag the stock lower can and the third volume heat shield. That thing would last about half a days ride before I wore a hole in it, assuming I didn't lever a tire off and crash first. No part of the exhaust should be below the frame at any point.
Don't let that little detail deter you from buying the bike. Pipes can be changed and stock systems come up for sale from time to time in the classifieds here.
I agree 100% Here was my R with the Rinehart on it...


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I raised the rear of my bike half an inch with longer shocks and I still occasionally drag the stock lower can and the third volume heat shield. That thing would last about half a days ride before I wore a hole in it, assuming I didn't lever a tire off and crash first. No part of the exhaust should be below the frame at any point.
Thanks for the info. I sent Louis a message. This is going to be a haggling point when I talk to the dealer.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info. I sent Louis a message. This is going to be a haggling point when I talk to the dealer.
On a phone, so not getting messages, and haven't read the thread that carefully either. We are talking D&D clearance, right?

I bought it partly because it looked like it had more clearance than any of the other complete systems. When I fitted it I was less impressed, looked like the headers could drag. Looking the other day however I found scrape marks all along the frame, and not on the exhaust. Conclusion, the frame probably touches before the exhaust, at worst the exhaust does not prevent the frame touching.

On the other hand, this is an 07 AW. You are talking Rs are you not? Different frame.

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Thanks Louis
Now I'm on a PC, that looks lower.

Here's mine. As you can see, it is a bit higher than the frame tubes.

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Here's mine. As you can see, it is a bit higher than the frame tubes.
It sure does. Maybe it is an optical illusion on my picture.
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It sure does. Maybe it is an optical illusion on my picture.
It's lower. It looks like 2-3" lower to get under the mid controls compared to Louis'.
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