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I'm just checking in with the requisite new member post. I do the routine service on my wife's 2002 V-Star 1100 Custom, and have come here looking for advice from others who are more experienced with this bike. Thanks, in advance, for your help!
 

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Hey, I'm new to the forum too. I havn't purchased it yet, but I recommend the oil filter relocation kit.
My dealership wants 100 bucks to change oil, all because they have to pull that exhaust off.

I usually do most work myself, but quoted them just to see.
 

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Hmm, interesting. I haven't changed the filter on this bike myself yet.

Frankly, I'd like to get a new set of pipes for this bike, regardless of the oil filter issue. The stock ones are suffocating this poor motor. I haven't ridden a V-Star with better pipes / filter, but they've got to help. Alas, my wife is a speech therapist, and enjoys the ultra-quiet stock pipes because they're better for her hearing. She's right, of course; it'd just be nice to unleash a little more of what this motor has to offer.
 

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I got a set of cobra slash cut slip ons. I feel like it really lets my bike breath. It can get loud when you opening up the throttle. I love loud, and could go louder, but I'm happy with these. They give it a nice tone, so it doesn't sound like a lawn mower! :)
 

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I have those same mufflers on my Shadow :) I've been pretty happy with them, a K&N filter, and a jet kit. My mileage definitely took a hit after the mods, but they made an impressive difference in power, especially on the low end.

I agree that the Cobras are loud with an open throttle. My bike's only a 4-speed, too, so it roars on the highway (and not in a good way). My brother-in-law has a set of Vance & Hines on his Harley, and they're amazing. They bark when there's a lot of vacuum, but somehow quiet way down when you're cruising. Every other bike I've had seems to have a linear relationship between the RPM and the loudness of the mufflers. If I had to do it again, I'd probably get the same setup that he has.
 

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Ahh! My first bike was a 1996 Shadow 600. Gave it to my father.
The guy that had it before me did something to the stock exhaust to make it sound decent. It's only a 4 speed too. That thing would screamed at 60+ mph
 

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Hi ShadowRider, welcome to the forum. We have a number of 1100 owners here so your questions should get answered.

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Ahh! My first bike was a 1996 Shadow 600.
I actually like the lines on the 600s from that era better than the 1100. The spoked wheels, triangular filter cover, low seat... I dig the painted battery (or toolbox?) cover on the colored models, too.

I ended up with the 1100 because I was just heading out on a cross-country tour and wanted a bigger motor and frame. The guys at the dealership poked fun at me when it took over a week to get enough miles for the initial break-in service (600 miles, I think?). I brought it back a year later with 16K on it :) It's up to 78K now. Obviously I'm slowing down, but I still have my sights set on 100K for this bike.
 

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You're very welcome ShadowRider. Enjoy the forum and it's great members.

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It is a great motor when opened up and allowed to breath. Make sure you look at 1100 Wiki Knowledgebase. Slip one provide no power increase they are just for sound. Full pipes and a pod kit and you will amazed.
 
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