950 Adventure Exhaust/Muffler Poll

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  1. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Gnarly!

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    Planning to purchase an 04 950 Adv. At the moment it has the stock cans on it. I am curious to know the most popular exhaust/muffler for the 950 Adv. Sound and performance. :ear
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  2. thugdog

    thugdog Druid Revisionist

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="100%" width="100%"><tbody><tr><tr><td>
    </td> <td valign="top">Titanium Silencer Set Akrapovic

    KTM 60005099000

    Exclusive rally-tested slip-on silencer which is 59% lighter than the standard model. Muffler inserts can be removed for sport riding. For offroad use only.</td></tr></tr></tbody></table>
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  3. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Tried many 950 pipes, and nothing holds a candle to an unbaffled Akrapovic set.
    Problem is, they're the most expensive.
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  4. Newbusa

    Newbusa Been here awhile

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    Me likey Wings!!! Cheap like borsch:D
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  5. mtnflow

    mtnflow LFC, more pie please

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    I'm happy with my FMF Q4: Light, cheap, easy to install, and not too loud.
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  6. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I'm going to buy an '04 950 next week with a Staintune exhaust. I don't know how it sounds. I like quiet. Actually, my wife likes quiet. I might be interested in your stock ones if you want to sell them. I'll see how the ones on it are first.
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  7. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Gnarly!

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    That is a distinct possibility. :clap
    Having had a few Duc's (900SP was my fav), there's nothing like the sounds of a well tuned Euro-type twin. :ear
    To make even more music......I put a vented cover over the clutch. :D
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  8. sstewart

    sstewart Long timer

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    Akrapovics all the way. They are expensive that's for sure.
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  9. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    What do you want? Status? Loud? Function? Cooler? Cheap junk? There is a muffler for each of these.
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  10. 620rossco

    620rossco Full on Yob

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    Leos on my 950. No bungs, manic sound.
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  11. AdvRat

    AdvRat Adventurer

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    When you install them, do you need to do anything to the engine? I have a 2010 990 Adventure and would love to offset the weight of some of the goodies I want to install, and since the Akropovic's are lighter, etc. etc. that might be a great way to offset the luggage and extra protection pieces (without going to a full 2 into 1 exhaust system).

    I have not read much on them, and honestly I'm not a huge fan of the whole lound exhaust sound thing - not that I don't like the sound of a well tuned, strong engine, just not a real lound one (I'm probably sounding my age or older - I was told I would turn into my father one day!). I would also like to know if the Akropovics add much power?

    From what I have read the Akropovic's are probably the best ones available - and probably about the most expensive! Please if anyone can let me know how much weight I would save over the stock ones, if I will have to do anything to the stock engine - mapping, etc, will this have to be done at the dealership, etc. I know the "R" model Adventure has more horse power, and I know I have seen a thread that talks about the way you can get this by changing the mapping, is this something that could be done while it's being corrected from the exhaust change, if it needs done? Also are there street legal ones and "off road only" ones from Akropovic?

    I do think they look very nice on the bike. Sorry if I hi-jacked the thread for off-track questions.
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  12. corsachili

    corsachili Misguided in all the best ways.

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    Here's an example of what the stock and Akropovics (with the inserts installed) sound like.

    -tj in Los Gatos

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  13. Faststage1

    Faststage1 mmmm muuuud

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    I absolutely love the Staintunes product always have. A beautiful piece of equipment. However, one week after installing my Wings pipes I drop it and dent the left side pipe. $1000 dollars for pipes, I'm pizzed! Had I spent $1500 for Staintunes or $1700 Akrapovics I'd by suicidal.
    No slight on the Wings, they are extremely well made and they sound phenomenal!! I'd definitely buy them a second time.
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  14. David37

    David37 Been here awhile

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    +3 Titanium Akrapovic exhaust system with quiet inserts
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  15. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Wings.

    2 different baffles sizes (or none) to tune the sound level to your liking.
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  16. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob

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    FMF's are on sale right now. You can find the Q4's for $499 or less. The sound is slightly louder than stock, but much better. You can barely hear them on the hiway. If you ride in the woods, NatForest, these are spark arrested. Mine haven't needed a repack in 30k miles. Much, Much lighter. The biggest reason to dump the stock cans.
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  17. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Anyone who says their pipe sounds good hasnt heard akras with baffles out :D:1drink
    Of course, theres that opinion thing..
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  18. run8nova

    run8nova Epic Rider

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    What about those staintune's ?? No repacking needed and do they sound like flowmasters on a car with chambers?
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  19. junkmanjoe

    junkmanjoe Been here awhile

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    I'm using staintune's sound so sweet..

    JMJ
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  20. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    OK, I haven't heard Akra's with the baffles out.... but I've got Wings - without baffles - on the SE, and I love them. They were on it, without baffles, when I bought it.

    A couple of weeks back, I was stirring it along a bit, down the Oxley Hwy and pulled in to the Ginger's Creek stop... and pulled up next to a couple of bike riders. A guy with a Hayabusa came over and said "mate, we've been listening to you come down the hill.... and that thing sounds fantastic". I almost asked him to take it for a spin so I could have a listen....
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