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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-20-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question V Star 1100 mods/upgrade advice needed

Hi friends,

I own a 2003 Yamaha V Star 1100 Custom which is untouched i.e. everything stock.

I want to get some work done on the bike this year and the list is as follows:

1. Replace stock pipes with slip-ons or change the exhaust system completely.

Ive done some research and the decision is still not clear. Should I change the full pipe or should I get the slip-ons. The reason I want to do this is because the motorcycle sounds dangerously soft on the road.

If I get slip-ons, do I re-jet the carbs? Is that recommended or a necessity?

I assume it would be a necessity if the entire exhaust system is changed.


2. Add new tires.

This is long overdue and ive got 30k on the stock Dunlops. Any suggestions on a decent pair of tires? I was thinking Metzeler 880. I was looking at motorcycle-superstore.com but other websites / stores welcome.


3. Install Hypercharger or change Air Filter

This one may be more cosmetic than helpful but id love some input. I read a lot online about how these increase the power in a bike but wouldn’t a K&N air filter do almost exactly that? Maybe not as much but pretty close? If you have added a hypercharger on your bike and noticed a world of difference - I wanna know.

Also, would it be better to get 1. and 3. done together since re-jetting the carbs will definitely need to be done if a Hypercharger is installed? Am I right?

Your responses and comments are appreciated.

Thanks in advance. Cheers!
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-20-2014, 09:21 PM
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1. Just buy a full exhaust. Slip-ons do little for power and if you buy new - cost roughly the same as a full exhaut.

2. Can't comment on the Metzelers - never had, always heard good things though.

3. Don't bother with either. KN Air Filter makes no difference. Hypercharger is a small difference, but for less money you can get yourself a nice set of Pod filters and get much more power. (Check out http://www.sscustomcycle.com/product...star1100.shtml or http://www.metric-magic.com/DragonsBreath.htm )


I had a KN Filter and V-H slip ons..No big difference from stock. The slip ons had a nice sound underload but were pretty quiet at idle.

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3. Don't bother with either. KN Air Filter makes no difference. Hypercharger is a small difference, but for less money you can get yourself a nice set of Pod filters and get much more power. (Check out http://www.sscustomcycle.com/product...star1100.shtml or http://www.metric-magic.com/DragonsBreath.htm )
Whoa! That Dragon's Breath looks badass! I wonder how much i'll have to shell out for installation. I'm in Toronto, Canada and toys are pretty expensive to maintain here.
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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-20-2014, 09:51 PM
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I would recommend doing 1 and 3 together.

Hypercharger makes little difference, it's mostly cosmetic. If you would like more power I would go with the POD's as recommended.

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I would leave the exhaust alone and just cutout the bafles. That sounds better than most new systems. It won´t cost you anything. Then do a pod kit and rejet. OH, you should plug your AIS before you rejet, too.
The pods will up your power and improve the look and the removal of the AIS will help the look on the other side.
I use Pirelli front and back. Good milage, good ride and I put in Dynabeads to get moe milage out of the tires.
Good luck with your Project and let us see some pics as you progress

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It all depends on your budget. I'll start off with the tire question, I ride Metzeler 888's and find they have good grip in the wet and are very smooth. Other people I know ride the Michelin commander 2 and they love them. Check out the prices.

I'm going to be installing a pods set up from SScustoms to go along with my V+H slipons (budget doesn't allow full exhaust at this time). The hyper charger looks nice but imo it's mainly esthetic.

So there you go anothe POV

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Have the Metzeler's as well. Like them a lot. Much better than the Dunlop's I had previously.

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Thanks all for the great responses so far.

My tire config is as follows:

Front tire
110/90-18 M/C 61 H

Rear tire
170/80-15 M/C 77 H

I would love a pair of Commander 2's but they don't come in the front tire size (i think). Metzeler 880 is the only decent pair ive found.


As for the pods, are they easy to install? How long do you think it would take a dealership to install them.

I'm from Toronto so (when the weather improves) i'll get everything shipped to a shop across the border in NY and have them install it all in one go.

Due to the nature of the upgrade i.e tires + pipes + air supply + rejet i think my wallet is going to get stretched a bit thin.

To offset that I'm thinking for going in for Jardine Drag Slip-Ons

I can get them for $165 and free shipping on motorcycle-superstore.com

Thoughts? I don't want to cheap out on tires.

Also, for the readers from NY state do you have a mechanic or a shop you trust?
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Can anyone tell me if doing this will be harmful to my motorcycle?

http://www.vstar1100.com/jack_phelps/vstar/exhaust.htm
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I'll throw in my 2 cents that's worth 1 cent: 1) Tires are crucial. Do those first. Not even a debate. I had Dunlops twice and got great performance so much that I stuck w/ them every time I replaced. Can't speak for the brand you listed. 2) K&N I agree is a waste. I've changed them out on several bikes and never could tell a difference at all. And the hypercharger seems cosmetic only. I've heard unless you dyno those things out & spend some serious money on performance then they are pointless. 3) Exhaust: You can remove the baffle in your factory pipes. It's a pain but it's free and definately is louder. Frankly, I saved up $400 and just bougth new exhaust (don't bother w/ slip ons). New pipes just change the overall look of your bike...that's assuming you arent' crazy about your stock pipes of course. But you will want to rejet your carbs if you remove baffles / change pipes. The kit is $15 and my local dealer charged me $75. (I won't touch carbs).

Good luck!
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