I have tried reading as much on cross pipes on this forum as well as watching various videos on Youtube but still have a nagging doubt hence thought would post a thread to draw some expert or experienced advise.
I want to install an xpipe on my 2018 T120 and need clarity on the following points:
1. The million dollar question- which xpipe should I go for? Tec and Meerkat seem popular choices on here and although the Youtube videos are, albeit limited, of good quality, I am not sure the sound reproduction would be the same as it is while listening through a computer. I am not after any performance enhancement and the xpipe for me is purely to improve the way the bike sounds. I am a bit old-school and prefer the bass-ey 'dud-dud-dud' more than the sporty grunt as heard on most D&O bikes. Which xpipe gives the closest result?
2. Dealer has quoted £150 to fit the xpipe. It is not cheap but not something I would need to save for. Given that every Youtube video religiously state how difficult changing the pipes are, should I just leave it with the trained mechanic? Or is it worth giving a try by myself? My DIY skills are amateurish but I enjoy learning new skills.
3. Dealer also suggested Freespirits xpipe over Tec and Meerkat on the basis of quality, which I believe is probably a subjective opinion; and quoted £400 for supply and installation. Any thoughts on FS?
I did a lot of research on the xpipe before I decicded to go for the Meerkat as well Peter at Meerkat is only a 100 miles from me, his workmanship is outstanding, and his expipe performs the best and looks great all polished and his welding is outstanding and $300 aussie $$$, I have checked out a few expipes and to tell you the truth the quility don't come close to the Meerkat and Peter is a great person to deal with.
Its not a real hard job to install, its removing the old cat that is the hard part and loosing the bottom frame rail to get it out from under the bike, but all up about 3 hours work taking your time, hence the labour cost to get it fitted.
As for your dealer he is going to push the brand he sells, but what ever brand you choose to use will make a big improvement, you will save about 12 lbs of weight, less heat coming off the old cat and your bike will run cooler, your bike will have a throater sound to it and a bit more HP.
So go for it and do it yourself its not a hard job to do, its just time comsuming to get the old cat out because its so bulky compared to a xpipe, a xpipe will slide inbetween the frame rail and motor where the stock cat won't thats the reason the bottom rail has to be loosen off and its only a fly **** that is a problem getting the old cat out.