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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Which exhaust is best for '09 v-star 950

I bought my v-star 950 in Dec. 0f 2009 and want to put an aftermarket exhaust on it. I want performance(HP increase and sound), considering Cobra slashdown pipes..Anyone who has put on Cobras or any other exhaust on their '09 950?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 08:23 PM
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El_bole,

I do not have a 950, but some thoughts. I don't believe the change in power is big. I think many change exhaust for looks and sound. For a substantial change you need to go from top to bottom. Air intake, fuel controller, and exhaust. Should be around 10%.

It seems if you go to two into two the power comes at the top end. On my liner I would loose a little at the bottom. If you stick to the two into one low end torque is gained.

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When I first got my '09 950T, I wanted to do exhaust, and air cleaner upgrades/changes. The first thing that I did was the 2 "Mods" listed in these forums, drilling out the baffle in the muffler, and adding breather holes in the air cleaner box. I noticed an improvement as soon as I did them. Not night and day, but an improvement. Now as I have put more miles on the bike, 2500 approx, the exhaust seems to be getting louder, still not too loud, and the bike seems to be loosening up, breathing better, performing better, feeling better. So I for one, aren't looking to spend a kajillion dollars on upgrades as of yet. I am a low-cost kind of guy. Just my 2 cents.......

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Popping?

Jerry,

Thanks for the input, does your exhaust POP after drilling out the baffle? I did the same but never heard of drilling breather holes in air box(do that next) and I get popping between shifts...thanks for above info.
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No popping between shifts, but I do get some on long decelerations. I really like the way it is beginning to sound the more miles the better it seems to get.?!
There are some mods for the airbox that I have seen on this forum that differ slightly. Some call for a 1 1/2" hole in the sides of the box, and some call for multiple smaller holes. I chose to do 6, 3/8" holes vertically on the left and right side. More asthetic look to me. Without knowing it, you might not even notice the holes, it almost looks like they belong.

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 09:37 AM
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I added the Cobra Speedster Longs, a Baron's BAK, and the Cobra FMS and have noticed a very nice performance increase. Also a very nice sound change.

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Baron's BAK......?

What exactly is Baron's BAK and the last couple things you listed?
The Cobras use installed are they straights or something else? Do they extend past your rear tire, and if so has it cause you problems?
Thanks in advance for any info.
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The Baron's BAK is the Big Air Kit. It replaces the large triangular air box with an open air element and is much thinner. Click the link to take a look... it's about 1/3 the way down the page. This is also where I bought all my parts... pipes, BAK, and Cobra FMS.

The pipes do not go past the wheel, just a little past the rear axle.

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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-24-2010, 09:38 PM
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dave is right. if you just change out your exhaust you probably won't notice any increase in power. if you really want a power increase, you're gonna have to spend some money and add an air kit and possibly fuel processor or some other upgrade in addition to changing pipes. if you're set on only changing out the pipes and nothing else, then do it for the looks/sound.
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my wife has an 09 950 and its is ceramic coated vance n hines 2 into 2 big radius pipes,a Cobra 2000 tuner and a LA Choppers open air filter. The bike is lowered a little over 2 inches in the rear and no probs. The pipes sound good especially with the air filter. Did notice a seat of the pants difference. Lays a nice long blackstrip if you drop the clutch! Great bike! Have had no issues.
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