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Here's the deal, my 1800R already had a set of Cobra Drags installed when I purchased it. I got tired of the overwhelming rumble/roar while riding. I know, "if its to loud, your to old", but these were causing to many headaches. I spoke with the local Honda dealer & he had another customer wanting these specific pipes. So....I swapped him straight across for them. I got a stock set of pipes & he got the Cobra Drags & he had to pay the dealer for all labor costs to swap em. I am not to excited about the sound of these stock pipes (which I expected). However I really like the look of them. Recently while out on a ride with my wife, we both noticed the VTX was much hotter than usual & the right side near the floorboard got so hot she had to move her foot & rest it in my lap. I decided to look into yet another set of exhaust. Upon further internet searching I like the look, sound, testimonies, & price of the VTXexhaust.com mufflers. I was wondering if anybody has noticed a reduction in exhaust (or engine) heat after installing a set of their mufflers? OR if anbody has another set of exhaust that reduced heat retention while giving out a not so overwhelming rumble?
 

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Since they just modify the stock mufflers I can't see a big reduction in heat. Have you called and asked them if they'll run cooler and how many degrees cooler. It seems if the test for this the information would be avaiable to you.
 

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Definitely call them and ask to speak with Bill the owner, or Andy who does the re-modification of the exhausts.
 

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I called VTXexhaust & spoke with Bill. He was very nice to talk to & extremely helpful. I gave him my spill & asked if he knew whether or not the VTXexhaust modified mufflers would lower the header/engine heat retention. He told me that although they have not actually done a "test" to prove that it is so, he could tell a major difference in heat retention once a set of their exhaust has been installed. He also informed me that the stock muffler has 3 compartments seperated by 3 baffles which is the main cause of the heat retention. A VTXexhaust muffler has only 1 compartment with a "tumble" style supressor which allows the air to escape through a 2" (1300) or 2 1/4" (1800) opening. Given the information Bill gave me & the price Vs an aftermarket setup, I'm thinking I found a solution to my problem.
 

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Really great people at VTXexhaust, and it is true, they all do ride X's. :choppersm :choppersm :choppersm :choppersm
 

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Always best to go right to the source for info, if there are problems with a product you would find it here. I haven't heard anything but good comments on this company.
 

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I have completely gutted my stock 1300 mufflers and installed straight baffles from some S&S mufflers into them, which would be more free flowing than the VTXexhaust mufflers, and didn't notice any reduction in heat from stock, but then again I don't have my feet on the rear pegs.
In your original post you stated you got rid of the Cobras because of the noise. Have you heard the VTXexhaust in person? They are fairly loud.
 

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My wife was having similar problems last year so I took an approach right out of a '67 Camero rebuild play-book. I took the heat shields off and wrapped the headers (down to where they mate with the mufflers) with exhaust header wrap. I tried to wrap over the top of the mating seam as best as possible. I was thinking of wrapping the mufflers but the wife said that it made all the difference and there was no need. It's not too expensive to do it and I was pleased with the results.
I used this stuff but I pass a Summit Racing distro warehouse on my way home every night.
 

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I stopped by Bill and the gang several years ago and purchased a set. Everyone was very friendly. Im no help with your question, but I STRONGLY suggest hearing a set on an 1800. I made the mistake of hearing them on a 1300. After I heard them on my 1800, I sold them in a heartbeat. Hated the sound. With the dual pin crank, to me it sounded like 2 55 gallon drums on the end of the pipe. If you like them great. Sound is very subjective so hear them first before you shell out the cash. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. Highroller152, I might have to try heat wrap on the header, haven't thought of that. As for the sound, I have only heard them on a 1300 & 1800 youtube videos. Thinking I might want to hear a set in person before I go this route after all.
 

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but I STRONGLY suggest hearing a set on an 1800. I made the mistake of hearing them on a 1300. After I heard them on my 1800, I sold them in a heartbeat. Hated the sound. With the dual pin crank, to me it sounded like 2 55 gallon drums on the end of the pipe. If you like them great. Sound is very subjective so hear them first before you shell out the cash. Good luck.
I agree 100% I have heard them on a couple of 1800's and that is exactly how I felt they sounded.
 

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I don't have any experience with the sound from daul exhaust x's but my 1800c sounds like a beast not sure what empty drum sound you speak of maybe I am going deaf from my exhaust to the point I can't hear it. LoL this is a VTXexhaust conversion.
anyways hear is my video that many here have heard already you could get the bracket and convert to a cannon muffler ignore my fat arse lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxHDEkSq8vU
 

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Exaust wrap 1800R

I took the shielding off the pipes and muffler and wrapped it with several layers of glass mat. I used some aluminum duck tape to hold it in place. I also did the 6 hole Clayton exhaust mod as seen on youtube. I still need to do the crossover tube. I used some heavy cloth but some of walmarts woven cloth would do the trick. Just don"t use the resin with it!
 
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