Ti Powercore to DR.D Exhaust
Posted February 14, 2007 - 07:41 PM
If the TiP has an edge it's with its postioning on the bike. It sits approximately 2-3 inches farther forward than the Dr. D, well protected by the side panel. The Dr. D sits in the stock position with more of the can protruding rearward past the side panel. This is more of an aesthetic quality. 75% of the Dr.D emblem is readily visible, while the FMF emblem was completely hidden. This really doesn't matter as the FMF emblem was a sticker that melted off after 20 minutes in the first ride, and the DR.D emblem is metallic and riveted to the can. Also, the FMF is quite a bit lighter than the Dr.D, but that's the trade off between titanium and aluminum/stainless steel.
As I used High Temp RTV in the joint where the mid-pipe met the header, I only ran the bike for about 90 seconds. From my memory, the Dr.D's decibel level is negligibly higher than the TiP (with quiet core), if at all. The tone was a bit throatier at idle, but similar in the mid and upper rev range. I also received the Dr. D quiet core, but I haven't installed it and doubt I will unless I venture into the PRC. It'll go in my Camelbak should I encounter a Sierra Club member in his/her government-funded uniform.
Lastly, the actual mounting of the can to the subframe is on hold as I didn't keep the OEM grommet and hardware when I switched to the FMF. It's on order and should be here the first of next week. Also, I need to replace my water pump shaft and seals, so a good hard ride for a performance evaluation is out for a week or so. I will post an update, along with a water pump write-up when I get it all buttoned up.
So, from my first impressions, the Dr.D can gets a preliminary 9 bananas out of 10, with a 1 banana deduction for use of the OEM grommets and the positioning thing. However, if I get the same or and increase in performance over the TiP, you can expect it to go to 10...SC
Posted February 15, 2007 - 08:55 AM
Posted February 15, 2007 - 02:27 PM
I like the looks of the pipe and I can't wait for an update on your first ride. I do have one request...While you are enjoying your new pipe, could you please insert the quiet core (just for a little bit) and let us know what you think? I live in the Republic and I am sure others who live her too would like to know more about this pipe. Uncle Sam gave me some real good news this morning and I deserve something new for my bike. Thanks in advance....