I ran the stock exhaust for approximately 35,000 miles.
Not that I liked the stock sound, in fact I didn't care
for it at all. My riding style leans more to the long
ride and after a long day, I really don't want to be
deaf. I just don't want my exhaust to be too loud or
obnoxious and being content with the performance, I
didn't want to tinker with a fuel management system all
the time to keep it running properly.
In this 35,000 miles with the stock exhaust I had many
opportunities to hear the rumble of different brands. I
don't like the hollow or tiney sound that some pipes
offer, I prefer deep rumble. A quiet and deep rumble so
as not to be obnoxious but when I open it up, let the
bad boy make some noise.
I like the looks of the stock system and I found the
sound of the Roadhouse Slip On to be the best deep low
rumble around. It seemed a perfect fit for me.
Roadhouse slip-on kit comes nicely packaged to prevent
any shipping damage and includes everything necessary
for installation. In addition to the slip-ons, the kit
includes heat shields that cover the junction to the
mufflers, a muffler bracket and assorted clamps and
fasteners. The craftsmanship is top quality with slick
welds and a smooth chrome finish. Roadhouse guarantees
their products against defects in material and
construction for one year.
Replacing the stock units with the Roadhouse is a snap.
It took about 15 minutes or so to remove the stock
mufflers and another 15 or so to install slip-ons. The
installation process itself is well detailed in the
Once in place, the overall appearance doesn’t change
dramatically because the slip-ons look exactly like the
stock system. If you prefer, they also offer you the
option to turn the tips out for the slash-cut look.
The Roadhouse slip-ons not only improve the sound of the
V-Twin, they are also 7.5 lbs. lighter than the stock
I have not added a fuel management system and they
didn't boost the power significantly. I did notice less
low end torque and a bit more top end performance.
Unfortunately, I do get some minor decel popping but
Overall, the Roadhouse slip-ons made a significant
improvement in the way I feel about the bike. Instead of
rolling along in near silence, the VTX now blends in
with the big twin's rumbling around the boulevards
everywhere. The throaty bark I get with the new slip-ons
is not obnoxiously loud at all and the deep rumble is
more enjoyable than the muffled stock exhaust note.
Around $500, a bit cheaper through Direct Line Parts,
the Roadhouse slip-ons are competitively priced for both
the VTX1300 and 1800 (all models).
Reviewed by: Cliff
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