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Offline 46Alpha

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Area P Install, anything I should know?
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:56:41 pm »
Finally pulled the trigger on the Area P slip on. I plan on doing the install myself. I've done quite a few exhausts, but the Connie keeps catching me out with mechanical stuff. It's very different from other bikes I've worked on/owned. Most slip-on's are a one beer job. A clamp and a few bolts and you're done. Anything special needed for the Connie (gaskets, clamps, extra beer?) :beerchug:

TIA

And FYI, just have to say how OUTSTANDING the people at Area P are. Haven't seen that level of customer service in a LOOOOOONG time.

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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 07:44:39 am »
Nope. IIRC, You have to deal with two bolts, one clamp and the rubber bumper. The clamp is on the pipe as you would expect. One bolt is on the exhaust hanger, a second bolt was underneath the pipe near the center stand. Then the hardest thing, moving the rubber bumper (for the center stand) from the OEM pipe to the Area P. (which was no big deal for me) Hopefully I remember this correctly. It's been quite a few years now since I put my Area P on or off the C14. Anyway, it should be a one beer event. Although you could probably drag it out to a case or two, depending how many curls you do rather than wrenching.  :beerchug:

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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 09:15:39 am »
Same for me - smooth and easy install (couple of years ago).  One reason I went with Area P is that I read about some other slip-on brands (e.g., Two Brothers) not fitting as well.  The Area P slip-on fit perfectly.  The hardest task was lifting the OEM pipe; amazing how heavy that beast is.  BTW - I bought the carbon fiber slip-on because I liked the looks but also because it supposed to not get as hot as the stainless steel (nice for passenger), and I found this to be the case.  The carbon fiber gets warm to the touch but no hotter.
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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 04:32:44 pm »
Thanks guys. It looked like there was nothing too it, but I hate starting a project and having to hold off because I'm missing something.

For example, doing the first oil change. Silly me, I've never owned a bike that takes more than 4 quarts of oil. So not really paying attention, I picked up four quarts. Imagine my surprise  :-[ when I had to run out mid change for another quart.

That'll learn me. Next time RTFM!

Really looking forward to getting the Area P on.

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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 10:32:59 pm »
I have the same pipe and like it very much.  The move of the kickstand bumper was smooth after I gave it a spray with WD-40 to clean it/make it slippery.

What took me a little adjusting, was the midpipe, to allow the can to be in the desired position.  I did leave the bolts loose, but it just took a bit of twisting.

That stock pipe DOES weigh a ton compared to the Area P, and the heat reduction was significant

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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 08:15:29 pm »
I made a 2 hole plate out of 3/8 steel about an 1 1/2" long ( holes about 3/4 apart )which dropped the pipe a little farther away from the bags.
Love the pipe ,easy install but too close to the bags for my money


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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 11:59:30 pm »
I bought mine from a COG member, so it was the second time it got installed.  It was bar none the easiest slip-on/bolt-on I've done.  Do be careful not to knock the pipe ends out of round.  They are rather thin-gauged and very tight fit.  I brushed on some anti-seize compound on the pipe joints to make it come apart easier if I have to re-arm the C14 with the potato gun.

I did add a couple of chrome heat shields to keep my riding pants from getting melted (happened to me on other bikes).  I got short legs so they tend to stay very close to the bike when I am stopped.

I bought it promarily for weight savings and for the looks.  I don't much care whether it added/subtracted power, as the C14 has plenty to start with.  The sound is throatier than stock at low RPM but not loud at all, which is great for daily commute in and out of the subdivision.  Since I wear earplugs I don't get to hear it much.


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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2012, 12:06:59 am »
Where did you get the chrome heat shields and how are they attached?
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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2012, 12:14:38 am »
They are made by Cobra and bought from Amazon.com, but I forgot which seller.  You can find them at many places online.  They fasten to the pipe with two screw-type ring hose clamps each.
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Re: Area P Install, anything I should know?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2012, 08:17:14 pm »
chrome exhaust heat shields, i bought one off ebay for a HD and they attached the same way. 25$
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