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Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:55:25 am »
And if so, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 10:33:25 am »
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 03:29:39 pm »
Nothing useful to input, but I was curious as I hadn't heard of that exhaust and came across this - figure you probably have, but I'll throw it here anyway:

Delkevic 14" Carbon Fiber Exhaust on Kawasaki Concours 14

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2013, 04:07:27 pm »
Its cheap and not noisy at all...
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2013, 04:52:24 pm »
I love mine, the 18 inch is quiet enough to run with the baffle out too.

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 04:54:28 pm »
I haven't tired any others, but here's my comments.. 

Looks, sound and performance seem very good.  I'm still in break-in so I didn't figure I would notice any gains, but I can feel a difference in initial take-off from a dead stop.  I suspect any performance slip-on would give that same result. 

The sound to me is very good, with baffle in or out.  I ran for a couple of days without and I've put the baffle in this am to play next week and see how I like it that way.  Either way it does not seem loud at all, just kinda "mean" (sound bite below).  I got the tri-oval 17" because I liked the way it lined up with the bags. 

I will note one potential issue that I'm watching.  You can't see in my photos, but in seagiant1's reply you can tell that the new pipe comes away from the bike more than other brands (look about 6" to 8" behind the front pegs).  I've got large feet (13) and with big ol' boots on I'm very close.  I repositioned the pipe a little this am when I was putting in the baffle and I think that helped, but there's not a lot of playing room to move.

Sorry for the crummy photos as they were phone shots, but here mine... 

http://kapsphoto.com/Connie/Delkevic_17_Tri_Oval_Carbon.mp3





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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013, 05:54:26 pm »
I installed their 18" carbon fiber oval slip-on earlier this year... Overall, I am VERY satisfied with it.

It looks/sounds good... well, at least to me it does. That's all that really matters to all of us isn't it? ;) For about half the price of the competition, I don't think these Delkevics can be beat-
I've had experience with many, many aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems over the years. The pricier slip-on systems for the C14 may have some slightly better looking welds or different carbon weaves(overall a little bit more attention to detail), but if money is something you have to consider, then IMO look no further. I also think that power gains between the different aftermarket brands is probably marginal at best and isn't a factor(with slip-ons, full systems may be a different story).
The sound mine now puts out is very mellow, and just a little louder than stock at idle. Somewhat louder as revs increase- In no way is it offensive to me though, and there are aftermarket exhausts out there that are simply God-awful to my ears(especially D&D for some reason).

"Seat of the pants" review: my bike now revs slightly quicker from bottom to top(engine feels freer revving) and the engine & throttle response just seem more immediate. The first time I rode it with the new slip-on was the first time that my C14 actually reminded me of the ZX14 that it replaced- This is especially evident when my buddy(who owns a 2010 C14 w/ stock pipe) and I ride our bikes back-to-back. There is absolutely no doubt(with either of us) that mine feels like it has a tiny bit more kick- Not sure what the numbers would be like if the bikes were dyno'd, but I would bet that the slip-on does give you at least some single digit power increases. And let's not forget, ditching the stock "potato launcher" will also loose ya about 15-20lbs.

It was mentioned here about these pipes sticking out away from the bike, but I think this has more to do with how folks are mounting them. Make sure that the little bracket(included with purchase, painted mine black) is bolted BEHIND the passenger footpeg bracket on the inside. This is visible in the first photo, and here's another more recent photo to give y'all another idea of how the 18" oval looks once installed. Like I said before, with all things considered I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I'm about to go get a good November ride in right now! Don't know how many more I''ll get this year- :beerchug:
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2013, 06:15:03 pm »
Its cheap and not noisy at all...

Please elaborate. "Cheap" as is crappy construction? Or cheap as in inexpensive.

Not noisy at all is a plus for me. I'd be fine with the OEM exhaust if it didn't look like a battleship torpedo stuck on the side of the bike.
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2013, 06:28:20 pm »
I hate putting words in nando's mouth :-X , but I'm pretty sure he meant "cheap" as in "inexpensive"...  :great:

To me, Delkevic's build quality seems to be on par with most aftermarket exhaust manufacturers(but read my above comment). I would actually say their construction is outstanding once price is put into the equation-
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2013, 06:53:36 pm »
I've had mine on for several months and like it a lot. Janelle set me up and it only cost $185 delivered. The only issue I had was the incorrect mid pipe was sent, so I had to wait a few extra days before I could put it on
The one caution is to be careful of the mid pipe when putting yer feet down. It sticks out a bit more than the OEM and is damn hot!
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2013, 07:11:58 pm »
I have an 18 inch CF version. I love the way it sounds. A little throaty on idle but not loud, a bit of a roar on hard accel and a really cool bark at WOT! Love driving in tunnels in 2nd gear and 60+ MPH just to hear it! The finish of the CF is not as smooth as a 500$ pipe but mine was 200$. I have size 14 feet and I don't have an issue with the pipe fitment on my C14.  I am VERY, VERY happy with my purchase and I highly recommend Delkevic to anyone who asks. The customer service was great as well.
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2013, 08:22:26 pm »
I have an 18 inch CF version. I love the way it sounds. A little throaty on idle but not loud, a bit of a roar on hard accel and a really cool bark at WOT! Love driving in tunnels in 2nd gear and 60+ MPH just to hear it! The finish of the CF is not as smooth as a 500$ pipe but mine was 200$. I have size 14 feet and I don't have an issue with the pipe fitment on my C14.  I am VERY, VERY happy with my purchase and I highly recommend Delkevic to anyone who asks. The customer service was great as well.
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     ++1, I have a size 15 and no problems with the supplied pipe! I talked to Janelle and asked about where the can was made. Yes it's CHINA but is made under Delkelvics direction and there is no middle man! I would assume a lot of the other cans are made in the same place for a lot more money! I'm happy!!!
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2013, 08:54:00 pm »
Its cheap and not noisy at all...

Please elaborate. "Cheap" as is crappy construction? Or cheap as in inexpensive.

Not noisy at all is a plus for me. I'd be fine with the OEM exhaust if it didn't look like a battleship torpedo stuck on the side of the bike.



Cheap as in 'not expensive and a great deal' However, don't expect to have the finishing touches of a 559 bucks Two Brother canister. I took mine off because I had shortened my stock bazooka muffler and at one point, I thought I was not gonna ride the C14 anymore. But I think its a great buy and great looking and sounding can for the price...of course, much lighter than the Bazooka.

I like the sound of the stock better cause its quitter. I like it quiet...well, I like noisy girls, but quiet mufflers

One more thing: according to experts in the exhaust mod realm, you DO NOT gain torque on low end by putting a more free flowing can. On the contraire, you lose low end torque cause of the less back-pressure. You might gain some power at the high end because of the free-flow, but not at the low end. My guess is that the new sound cause the old placebo effect that can probably be traced to: you are cranking the throttle a little more than usual to listen to the new sound.

You can always run this by an objective person who knows about exhaust systems...if you learn anything different let me know.
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2013, 11:39:36 pm »
I installed their 18" carbon fiber oval slip-on earlier this year... Overall, I am VERY satisfied with it.......

.....It was mentioned here about these pipes sticking out away from the bike, but I think this has more to do with how folks are mounting them. Make sure that the little bracket(included with purchase, painted mine black) is bolted BEHIND the passenger footpeg bracket on the inside. This is visible in the first photo, and here's another more recent photo to give y'all another idea of how the 18" oval looks once installed. Like I said before, with all things considered I'm very satisfied with my purchase......

I'll start this note by saying that I too and very satisfied with the Delkevic.  I just want to explain what I was talking about when I was saying that the pipes come away from the bike more than others.  When checking other exhaust they have 3 bends from the header to the muffler.  It's that third bend that allows them to kind of tuck in a little tighter.  I too mounted mine behind the bracket, but the area I'm talking is more impacted by the shape of the bends, then the position of the muffler.  I did a three shot comparison to show the differences. 

Vance is on top and made close to the way the Delkevic is made, but still has that slight third bend and a shield.  Note that the area I was actually talking about would start near the end of that Vance & Hines shield and go back to the bend in at the muffler.

Two Brothers is next and while it doesn't have a shield it has three very noticeable bends that take it away from the drivers heal. 

Delkevic is last (this is a shot from their web site) showing very clear that there is only two bends and you can see the difference pretty clear under the peg's "wing".

Guys, this is not a deal breaker or any type of large issue, but the position is going to cause me to clean off burnt heal rubber from time to time (something I got pretty use to on my C10).

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2013, 12:09:12 am »
Hi,
     I LOVE mine and took the money I saved and put it on a custom Laam seat! Call Janelle and tell her your a nice guy and need a break,when you order!
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Where did you get yours?  Call Janelle where?

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2013, 12:42:52 am »
I've had mine on for several months and like it a lot. Janelle set me up and it only cost $185 delivered. The only issue I had was the incorrect mid pipe was sent, so I had to wait a few extra days before I could put it on
The one caution is to be careful of the mid pipe when putting yer feet down. It sticks out a bit more than the OEM and is damn hot!
I took the heat shield off of my stock exhaust and used hose clamps to attach it to my new pipe. no heat problem now.

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2013, 12:44:54 am »
I took the heat shield off of my stock exhaust and used hose clamps to attach it to my new pipe. no heat problem now.

Can you share more of how you did that?
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2013, 04:20:01 am »
I bought a heat shield from eBay for about $20. Comes in different colors, and is held on with hose clamps, and looks great
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2013, 04:30:50 am »
I bought a heat shield from eBay for about $20. Comes in different colors, and is held on with hose clamps, and looks great


Picture?   What area did you cover?
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2013, 04:07:19 am »
Hi,
     I LOVE mine and took the money I saved and put it on a custom Laam seat! Call Janelle and tell her your a nice guy and need a break,when you order!

Where did you get yours?  Call Janelle where?

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2013, 04:10:58 am »
Anybody?

http://www.delkevic.us/?section=contact_us

Their number is on the web, she's at the US offices.  866-318-3065 should be the right number.....

I guess I should say that I got mine from a person named Sylvia Clearwater at that number.   Prob work the same office.
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2013, 03:12:03 pm »
I rode to work with the baffle in this am.  I have to say, with the 17" tri-oval at least, I liked the sound before and I like it a LOT more now.  It was just a touch less noise, but had a deeper and kind of "mean/mellow" tone both on accel and at cruise. 
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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2013, 11:19:52 pm »
Anybody?

http://www.delkevic.us/?section=contact_us

Their number is on the web, she's at the US offices.  866-318-3065 should be the right number.....

I guess I should say that I got mine from a person named Sylvia Clearwater at that number.   Prob work the same office.


Thanks, I just wasn't sure if they ordered it direct or through a vendor.  I just want to put something cheap on until I get a full exhaust and Power Commander V.  I just want to get all of that and throttle bodies all at once so I only have to get it dynoed once.

Thanks again.

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Re: Delkevic exhaust. Anybody actually running one of these?
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2013, 01:14:25 pm »


Question for those running a Delkevic exhaust, do you have any popping on de-cel?

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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2013, 05:46:06 pm »
Pilgrim,
I run without the baffle and YES I do. But it's ok cuz I like it! I downshift a lot!
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