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Hi All,

Just joined up here and have been lurking for the past few days. See
my intro post in the "My Story, The beginning.." forum if you give a
rats ass. :)

Anyways, I'm due to pickup my new '03 FatBoy (EFI) on March 1st. I
have money built in to get the Stage 1 upgrade and a new set of pipes.

My problem is I've had my heart set on getting V&H Big Shot Staggered's
on it. I was into the Stealers today and the tech/wrench guy basically
shot down my excitement and choice of pipes.

I like the BSS's for the look and was under the impression they would
give a little more power. He basically said they'd give power in the high
end but not the low end. Also he went on about the size of 1 3/4" vs 2
1/4" and how it is not good to put the bigger size on as it effects the
exhaust and back pressure.

Now I'm no mechanic, heck I'm new to Harley's. I've read enough
forums to realize that I shouldn't believe all the $#@% the stealers
say. I've read all the forums here about the BSS's and seems like
everybody likes them.

What should I do? Is the performance affected that badly or is he
blowing hot air up my ass????

52 days till I pick the bike up and I'd like to have this done for when
I take possesion of it.

Any help would be great...

Lumpy ... The FNG!
 

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Yo Lumpy

Do a search on this site for info on the Vance and Hines Big Shot Staggered. You will find a lot of opinions. Most will be favorable. I just put a set of Staggereds on my 2002 Fat Boy. I like them. Good luck and welcome to the board. BIG DOG
 

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I have searched all the posts regarding the V&H BS Staggered's.
Most refer to the looks rather than performance gained...

I'm looking for some fresh input on whether or not performance
is gained or lost by putting them on...

Thanks

Lumpy
 

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First of all, although the exterior diameter of the Big Shots is 2.5" (the heat shields), the actual exhaust pipe is smaller......I thinks it's around 1.75".....not exactly sure.

Second, all dyno charts I've seen show an increase in both HP and torque across the entire RPM range when compared to stock pipes.

Third, V&H knows a lot more about pipes than the mechanic in the back.

Finally......who really cares about the small change in performance unless your talking major engine mods along with pipes? For stockers, I would recommend buying based on your preference for looks and sound.....the difference in real performance will not amount to a yawn.
 

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Ordered my pipes today. We solved the power / performance issue
by including White Brothers Tork Valves.

Apparently that will help maintain the power / performance of adding these pipes...
 
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