Vance & Hines Quiet Baffle For Harley & Metric
The sound I was looking for.
I recently bought an 04 vtx1300 that had a stock exhaust and I knew that had to go. So I installed Vance and Hines big shots. I installed these baffles prior to installing everything on my bike. When done they sound exactly what I was hoping for. Nice deep rumble. My friend has the same pipes without the silent baffles and it sounds good but not as deep and smooth. I didn't have to jet but I did shim the needle with one shim and have the a/f screw at 2 1/4 out.
July 20, 2016
These should come stock
Omg makes the pipes sound so much better! No more ringing in my ears no more droning noise on the highway. It really does take it down a notch noise wise but it still sounds awesome. That low growl and rumble when idling is nice.
If you got the short shots you definitely want these. Makes the pipes sound awesome and you wont get those obnoxious looks or complaints from neighbors...
I didnt need to retune it but wanted to see if there were little changes. So i plugged in my master tune 2 from tts and showed no difference then stock baffles.
Buy it and put it on. Installation was easy. They come fully wrapped so they slid right in took about 1 minute each to put in and tighten down. The longest part was putting on the heat shields again..
July 19, 2016
They do what they say
Before anything else, if you haven't already installed your exhaust and are considering getting the quiet baffles, let me suggest buying the baffles and installing them before you mount your exhaust. The installation is much easier that way. Also, as others have said, order two of them.
These baffles, while expensive, do exactly what they say they'll do. The bike is plenty loud for the rider, but isn't offensive at all for neighbors or other vehicles on the road. I have them installed on a set of V&H Short Shots Staggered pipes.
How loud is it? I'm probably a poor judge as my hearing isn't the greatest, but the volume doesn't bother me at all while riding. It has a nice low burble at idle or cruising speeds and roars when you open it up. My wife said it makes her ears ring after an hour or so, but I don't experience that myself.
Standing in the yard while my wife pulls away, I can't hear her much after getting 3-4 houses down the road. I also can't hear her at all while driving behind her in my car. Take that however you want. It's definitely not a "loud pipes save lives" sort of volume at normal riding speeds, but it's plenty loud when you open it up.
July 14, 2016
the vance and hines straight shots are just simple good sounding but loud pipes..my harley at a idle just pounds the ground..when i put the quiet baffles in in sounded like i put a tin can over the pipe at a idle and then on throttle it sounded more like a inline 4 than a v-twin..i immediately pulled them back out and put the factory baffles back in ..my ground pounding harley was back..love my pipes..these are squeak baffles at best..
July 1, 2016
Does the job, very nice Authentic Harley sound but it is not 'Quiet'... Perhaps, 'Not SO Loud" baffle would be a better name :) On my '07 Sporty 1200 with V&H Straight Shots I am still louder than the 'other brands' of pipes, but its a rich sound, not harsh or crackly like some others. I am pleased and would use it again. Just note that its "Quiet-er" not 'Quiet' as advertised LOL.
June 8, 2016
My 2013 Super Glide sounds great with these baffles installed in my V&H Straightshots HS slip-ons. The high pitched ringing is gone and is replaced with a deep, low rumble. These should be the stock baffle, IMO.
May 10, 2016
Good sound, tough fit
These made my bike sound a million times better. I liked how my short shots screamed but it got annoying after a few thousand miles with the stock baffles in there. These are a quick way to get "new" exhaust and were worth the money.
The way I would describe the sound is exactly the way everyone else has. It just tones it down a notch. The high pitched explosive sound at idle goes away and is replaced by a deep whoosh sound. When you look at their construction after listening to them, you can understand why they sound the way they do.
The bad: The fiberglass. These absolutely will NOT fit inside regular short shots staggered unless you slightly modify/assist them. I got some smaller gauge bailing type steel wire and wrapped the fiberglass area tightly, then twisted it and beat it down lightly with a small hammer. With a LOT of elbow grease, they went in. The bottom screw hole was hard to see and line up. Once they're in, it's hard to line up the screw hole easily and you'll need some ingenuity to try and get them right.
That being said, I tried them without the fiberglass. They DO NOT sound as good and although they keep the volume down, it's not as much. You'll notice a droning raspy note without the fiberglass. I would look into some aftermarket fiberglass wrap to get the job done down the road.
Overall, I think they are a good product if you are trying to be courteous to your neighbors and tone it down at idle speeds when you're cruising through the neighborhood.
April 24, 2016
Works as advertised, but order TWO.
Don't believe the picture - for some reason, despite the fact that these are only used on dual exhaust systems, V&H sells these individually instead of in pairs.
The baffles themselves bring the noise from a set of short shots down to a sort of neighbour friendly level... if you keep the RPMs low and don't hammer it near home. Give it some flick, and your bike will still make a LOT of noise.
April 19, 2016