My Harley pipes are jacked!

If you keep up with me at all, you’d know that last spring I picked up a Harley Davidson 1200XLR Roadster for $3,000 less than blue book. It’s a 2008 model and seemed to be in perfect shape. It has several aftermarket addons to make it better. An upgraded tank, a wider seat, a windshield, and many more. Two of the other things are an engine guard and 3rd party exhaust. The exhaust had to be jury rigged to go around the engine guard. I never really noticed this when I bought the bike. It wouldn’t have stopped me with the deal I got anyhow, but I wish I would have noticed it before the exhaust cover cracked. The 3rd party exhaust cost whoever put it on around $500-$600, but like I said, it had to be custom installed with a modification because of the engine guard. Check out the photos and you will see what I mean.

I have a little problem with getting time to get this fixed since there is no Harley dealer in my town, so until I can get this fixed, I decided to remove the engine guard. The rattling was quite annoying and now that the actual chrome guard is cracked, it was worse. Here is the before and after…

The moral of the story is, Don’t jury rig crap on your bike!

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7 Comments

  1. SKBorders says

    That goes for cars too.

  2. SKBorders says

    That goes for cars too.

  3. Ed Hansberry says

    Chris, I’d replace those pipes with something that will work with the guard for two reasons.

    1) I’ve known three people that had the bike slide out from under them and all three times, the engine guard prevented serious injury because the bike just slid away instead of dropping on them and dragging them with it.
    2) I cannot tell from the pics, but if that front pipe is cracked and air is getting through, it can warp your exhaust valve. The exhaust pipes keep hot air around the heads long after the motor is shut off to allow them to cool down very slowly. If cool air gets in there and cools too fast, warpage.

    Ride safe!

  4. Ed Hansberry says

    Chris, I’d replace those pipes with something that will work with the guard for two reasons.

    1) I’ve known three people that had the bike slide out from under them and all three times, the engine guard prevented serious injury because the bike just slid away instead of dropping on them and dragging them with it.
    2) I cannot tell from the pics, but if that front pipe is cracked and air is getting through, it can warp your exhaust valve. The exhaust pipes keep hot air around the heads long after the motor is shut off to allow them to cool down very slowly. If cool air gets in there and cools too fast, warpage.

    Ride safe!

  5. Chris Leckness says

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I ended up replacing the pipes this weekend with Vance and Hines pipes specifically designed for my model with mid controls. They are awesome!

  6. Chris Leckness says

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I ended up replacing the pipes this weekend with Vance and Hines pipes specifically designed for my model with mid controls. They are awesome!

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