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Old 08-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hog slayers exhaust -- video review

He everyone. I finally received and installed my BC Hog Slayers yesterday. I was unsure if I'd like the way they looked and sounded based on some of the photos and videos.. but I'm very very pleased with them in person.

I had BC Cocktail shakers on my last bike (2011 Speedmaster). I think the cocktail shakers are a touch louder - probably because they're a shorty pipe. The Hog Slayers are a little less loud.. and a little more mellow.. which I like a lot. They are just loud enough.. but not obnoxious. In fact.. at idle.. they're fairly quiet. But they have a nice growl when you crack the throttle hard.

Anyway.. here's my quick video review taken on 8/21/12.

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Old 11-20-2012, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Joe, the hog slayers look really nice on your bike. I agree that the s-bend looks good. It took some time to grow on me but now i like the distinct look. I am close to purchasing a set for my bike however, I am a bit concerned over the loudness. I kind of like the stealthiness of the stock mufflers. Do you ever find the hogs slayers annoying or a bit too loud while cruising along? I have never heard them in person.


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Joe, the hog slayers look really nice on your bike. I agree that the s-bend looks good. It took some time to grow on me but now i like the distinct look. I am close to purchasing a set for my bike however, I am a bit concerned over the loudness. I kind of like the stealthiness of the stock mufflers. Do you ever find the hogs slayers annoying or a bit too loud while cruising along? I have never heard them in person.


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I've never found the Hog Slayers to be too loud. My last bike (speed master) had the cocktail shakers. They were awesome.. and slightly louder than the hogs. I think you'll enjoy them. They have a nice.. pleasing sound. Just right...
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I have the black hogslayers on my storm. They open up nicely as you twist the throttle but at idle and riding through my neighborhood late at night or very early can keep pretty low key relatively. Love them.


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I can't get past the squiggly bend, which looks more like it belongs on a Bonneville, than a Thunderbird. Otherwise I like them. If BC made them without the bend I may have bought them instead of the long tors.
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I didn't like the S bend either while I was trying to decide. But once I got them on my bike.. I can tell ya.. they look WAY BETTER in person! The TORs look exactly like stock.. which I thought stuck out too far...


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I didn't like the S bend either while I was trying to decide. But once I got them on my bike.. I can tell ya.. they look WAY BETTER in person! The TORs look exactly like stock.. which I thought stuck out too far...
I've seen them in person on another Thunderbird at my local dealer. They still didn't do it for me. Also I agree with you that the long tors are a bit too long. I'm hoping once I finally have hard bags on it will be irrevelent.
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I can't get past the squiggly bend, which looks more like it belongs on a Bonneville, than a Thunderbird. Otherwise I like them. If BC made them without the bend I may have bought them instead of the long tors.
I love the sound on mine and the bend actually looks OK ... that is until the bend turns a dark copper color. Out of the box, these pipes are a very highly polished stainless that looks very close to chrome. In a very short time, the pipes start to turn a light gold but the S-bend turns a dark copper color that abruptly ends where they welded it into the main body of the muffler.

Appearance is a matter of personal taste, and personally, I think this discoloration sucks. The BC tech recommended some chrome cleaner, but that doesn't work. They also intimated that I had an improper tune, which of course I did not.

From a performance and sound perspective, this is a nice pipe. Appearance is another story and at the price they get for these things, BC needs to step up and handle the problem. I, for one, am not a happy camper and I let them know this (in writing) ... no response.

Even though they don't sound nearly as nice, I'd recommend long TORS if you want to maintain a clean chrome look.
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Here are my HogSlayers....

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Here are my HogSlayers....

I can't tell from the picture. Do you get that copper discoloration at the S-bend?
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