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Which Vance and Hines pipes sound best?

Should I purchase the Vance and Hines (VH) Cruzers or Big Shots pipes to replace my stock "quiet" pipes? I want drivers to hear me pass during lane splitting but do not wish to wake up my neighbors. Also, do they both require the same installation steps (e.g. jetting the carburator).

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should i purchase the vance and hines (vh) cruzers or big shots pipes to replace my stock "quiet" pipes? I want drivers to hear me pass during lane splitting but do not wish to wake up my neighbors. Also, do they both require the same installation steps (e.g. Jetting the carburator).

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i have the vance and hines cruisers on my 1300r model, not too loud but sometimes i think they sound a little tinnie! When i installed mine a year ago i did not have any reson to re-jet motor. It runs fine, if you have not done the pair valve you will find the popping on decel and shifting will really be noticible and annoying, my neighbor has the the big shots on his harley 103 and it is so loud i can hear him a quarter mile away. On the highway the cruisers are loud enough that i wear earplugs because the noise from the pipes are annoying. Godd luck on what ever you choose, there are some you- tube videos on both set of pipes on the 1300's so you can make a decision.

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I have/love my bigshots. My heat shield retaining tabs broke recently and its not covered under warranty. Something to think about
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big shots sound best but are loud. there are 2 options for quiet baffles to help


cruziers sound good bit higher in pitch but are not as loud




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I have the cruizers, with no baffles in them. Idle is fairly quiet. But let off the throttle with a few rpms behind it, and they do ALOT of talkin as its backin down. No coughin or sputterin, more of a cackle. The bigshots do look a little nicer to me tho.
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I have Big Shots with the quiet baffles. The pipes are deeper with the quiet baffles and have a pretty mellow cruising tone. However, they still bark pretty loudly and will ring out under load (like going up a hill). They are also a good performing system. As far as jetting, you don't HAVE to unless you change/modify your intake. BUT, I took a suggestion from Charlie D to try on a friend's wife's bike. She had a completely stock 2007 1300S. Her husband and I put on Samson Warloard II Cannons. Afterwards, the bike was still tough to start (cold-natured). She was using the choke a lot and it had some lean surging issues, too. I came back and put in a #200 Keihn main jet, which is one size over the stock #195. I also put in a #58 pilot jet (one size over the stock #55). We stayed with the stock needle and spring. I also put in Glen's permanent A/F screw--which allows for easy adjustment of the idle mixture. The bike runs great now and she is all smiles. Another thing to consider when getting aftermarket pipes is the PAIR valve removal. I have done it on mine and we also did it on hers. It really improves sound--especially on deceleration.
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guess i should add i sold my cruzers and putting big shots on




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guess i should add i sold my cruzers and putting big shots on
I was waiting for that. You are going to want the quiet baffles, though. There was a new set on the pay it forward table at Bulldogs...I don't know who brought them or if they are still up for grabs.
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I was waiting for that. You are going to want the quiet baffles, though. There was a new set on the pay it forward table at Bulldogs...I don't know who brought them or if they are still up for grabs.

thanks. im thinking about the big city thunder qq baffles




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I think cyberhick recommended those before. Let me know how it goes.
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