Akrapovic Exhaust System Yamaha FZ-07 2015
good news / bad news
This is a good / bad news story . The FZ-07 is a sweet ride but sounds like a sewing machine . I order a Akrapovic exhaust system from Revzilla on Friday and promptly received it on Wednesday morning , and then found it offered at a lower price , recommend reading price match guarantee . The system and instructions are very complete , it comes with everything needed less tools to install in one hour . The bad news is , it now sounds like a industrial sewing machine , which leads to removing the DB killer baffle and issues that may bring . This is a good looking well engineered system that meets EPA standards with disappointing sound ,
November 15, 2014
Good Mod for the Fizzer7
This is the second Akrapovic full system I have owned (Duke 990R was the other), so I had some expectations from my previous system and was the reason why I chose this over others for the bike. I removed the stocker and installed this in about an hour.The fit of the system was not a problem and installed easily. Their was some concern/disappointment on access and removal of the screw holding the baffle in place. More on that later.
The 3 lb weight savings is nice, but the muffler component was heavier than expected - I wish it was as light as the system I got for my KTM. I am sure there is a good reason for this (EPA? Pricepoint? Tuning? Steel inner and titanium outer shell? All of the above?) The thing to appreciate about this system is it keeps that weight low and central.
The system has the look of quality, including the baffle, which I elected to remove. The baffle was difficult to remove because of the tolerances of the baffle to the muffler and the screw holding the baffle in place did not line up with the hole in the outer shell of the muffler. I'm not the only one with this complaint and it's what keeps the system from getting a 5/5. After fighting with the baffle retaining screw, to get the baffle out, I used a 16 inch cross-tip and tapped on it through the inlet of the muffler. No damage to the baffle if I want to re-install. Don't pull on the baffle from the tips; you'll damage it!
As far as performance, I installed the system with a DNA air filter (had to import it to US) and used the DJ Power Commander V to fuel it with a map off their website. I think it works well from what I can tell, definitely more torque and just feels solid across RPM range. I like the tunability of the PCV, so if I need to change anything, I will once I get more miles on it. Decent bang for the buck for a full system with added usable power, which is what the FZ-07 is all about - bang for the buck (and lots of fun).
The only other thing to mention about the system (but still important) is the sound. It's almost stock-quiet with the baffle in (and adds a full pass thru the muffler) and LOUD with the baffle out. I like the sound with it out, it is racy and has a nice beat to it with the cross-plane crank of the Yammie. It sounds nothing like you'd expect from an inline twin. If you're looking to be heard, this system with no baffle will get some attention. If you think LOUD pipes are obnoxious (think HD), you'll end up running with the baffle in or buying some other system.
November 4, 2014
Just Do It!
I ordered this after months of debating between all the exhaust options for the FZ-07. I finally pulled the trigger on the Akrapovic Titanium. The carbon is nice but I thought that the Ti version just looked right on the 07 and boy does it!
I had stumbled upon this exhaust at another competitor's website that I have bought a few items from but really wanted to support RevZilla as they do a fantastic job here with video's, reviews and I find shopping here to be quite nice. The staff at Revzilla got back with me immediately on the price match and I pulled the trigger.
Now the waiting.......
When the exhaust came, the box looked a little worse for wear so I took just a few photo's in case it had been damaged from shipping. The contents were well secured and packaged inside the box nicely from the factory so no worries there.
The finish work on the Titanium exhaust is rather nice and very high quality. I think the pipes could have been finished a little better in terms of welds and surface treatment but this is nit picking just a little. All parts were as nice if not better than the OEM model. After a few days of using the exhaust as a paper weight I finally could get my bike up on the lift for assembly.
The provided instructions were easy to read and had nice illustrations. Copper paste and thread locker were both included. I did not need a spring puller for the spring installation and used a standard pair of needle nose pliers with no problems.
The exhaust went together in just over an hour. I reused the exhaust rings only because they appeared in good condition and were relatively new.
My only 2 hooks were as follows. The exhaust needed to be squeezed a small amount together ant the junction between the 2 headers and I could not have done it and get the hardware on the engine alone. When tightening the headers I found that the fixing plates were made from a softer steel than the sock ones and would not tighten to the specified 22NM and would just bend without reaching the correct torque. I checked with 2 different wrenches just to be certain.
After the install is complete I would recommend turning the bike on in a well ventilated room or outside as there is lots of smoke that comes off the pipes from the stainless coating and factory assembly. This only took about 5 minutes and a quick ride in the parking lot to stop.
Overall the exhaust sounds great. I skipped the catalyst and left the baffle in. The noise the emits from the bike is almost demonic and really shines at the low revs especially during engine braking. If you were thinking about this upgrade and have listened to the video's you will not be disappointed. I found it to sound even better in person.
November 3, 2014
Wakes up the FZ07
I always change out the pipes on my bikes to aftermarket ones soon after I purchase the bikes. In this case, the Yamaha FZ07's stock system really needed some extra rumble as it sounds like a sewing machine from the factory. The Akrapovic pipe looks great and is about five pounds lighter than the stocker. It has a wonderful sound that brings out the V-twin esque rumble of the Yamaha's 270 degree vertical twin engine, and it feels like the bike has gained a few ponies as well. Plus I don't notice any lean condition in the fueling at all. A win -win!
October 8, 2014
looks great on the bike
I went from 54 mpg to 57 mpg not bad in my book. It is just going to get better
September 29, 2014