There are so many exhaust systems on the
market you really have to do your homework to get what
you want for performance, looks, quality and price. Like
every one else I did some serious looking and shopping
around and decided on a set of Bassani Reverse Cone
Megaphone Slip-On Mufflers to give the new Electra Glide
Standard Harley exhaust some sound and style.
The first thing that got my attention was
the appearance and then the flow thru design would give
me the performance boost and sound I wanted. It wasn’t
until I actually received them that I saw the quality of
construction, heavy gauge of the metal and flawless
chroming that I really became impressed.
The before installation shot.
Installation was a piece of cake and
something I feel almost every one can do themselves with
basic tools around the house or home garage.
I started off by removing the saddlebags
so everything was easy to get at. Next was to loosen the
factory heat shield with a common screwdriver, so it
would be easier to get at the muffler clamp and slide
the pipe off.
Using a 9/16 socket I loosened the clamp
and then went to the rear and used a 1/2 socket to
remove the bolts there. The pipe came off easily as it's
a new motorcycle. If the muffler was super-tight or been
on for some time you may want to spray something like
WD-40 on the pipe around the clamp area. Let it set
Roque uses Loctite sparingly
I installed the factory clamp on the new
muffler and slid it onto the exhaust pipe. I used a
couple of drops of blue Locktite on the bolt threads and
installed the two back ones first. Since I was working
on a lift it was easy to check if the pipe was straight.
If doing on the ground, stand the motorcycle up and
check alignment. When satisfied tighten rear bolts,
muffler clamp and heat shield.
Here's the dresser with one new, one old
The same procedure is repeated on the
other side with one added step. Make sure to measure the
mufflers, so they are extenting to the rear equally.
There's Rogue wiping the fresh chrome
down with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease or oil.
Be sure to wipe every thing down with
Rubbing Alcohol and a clean cloth or paper towel to
remove fingerprints and residue prior to starting
engine. Cure the chrome by running the engine at idle
speed for about one minute. Let the motorcycle cool and
repeat the operation 3-4 times.
Make sure your timing and carburetor
jetting is correct so as not to discolor pipes. Go for a
ride and listen to the cool tone of your new exhaust.
To keep the pipes clean, wipe down with
Rubbing Alcohol and shine with Glass Cleaner. DO NOT USE
HARSH ABRASIVES! The longest part of the complete job
was the road test, Ha Ha. Give me any excuse to go for a
I do not have means to dyno at this time
other than the one at Berry's shop in Dothan or pay big
money. These are glass-packed flow thru mufflers, so not
I think if you are interested in
performance gain you would have to use different exhaust
pipes. Installing the mufflers has accomplished what I
wanted at this time which is a pleasant tone and nice
appearance. Because I'm using the stock Harley exhaust
(60-40) and the mufflers being flow thru, the majority
of the exhaust goes out the right side pipe and the left
side looks like it hasn't been used. That's standard, no
matter what mufflers you use with this system other than
Some people try to restrict the flow out
of the rear cylinder so it feeds the left pipe, but if
you do not lengthen the pipe your back-pressure isn't
The right way to handle it would be to
install the front pipes Bassani makes and use Terry
Components - Thermal Velocity Fuel Injection Management
System. Then ride the bike for 50 miles before
attempting a Dyno Run.
The Terry unit self-adjusts as you ride
and you do not have to spend money for down loads and
dyno tests every time you change something.
For dyno info from Bassini check the
Click on The Pipes when home page opens. Then click
Power Curve. Click on Power Curve again to see photo and
click on dyno to see reports.
Here's Bassani contact info:
Bassani M/C exhaust
Tom Chapman/North County Customs
Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005