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Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhaust for Harley Sportster 2004-2013
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Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhaust for Harley Sportster 2004-2013

Shortshots Staggered exhaust delivers a quality full system for less than you would pay for most slip-ons. With 1-3/4” head pipes stepped to 2-1/8” muffler bodies and 2-1/2” 220° coverage heat shields, dollar for dollar, this is an unbeatable system. Optional quiet baffles available for a throaty exhaust note and reduction of 3-5dB in the sound level (sold separately).


  • Signature Twin Slash End Treatment
  • Full Coverage Heat Shields
  • Optional Quiet Baffle Available (sold separately)
  • Pre 2007 models require O2 sensor port plug (sold separately)


This Product Fits:
Harley Davidson
Forty-Eight XL1200X 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Iron XL883N 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Nightster XL1200N 20072012
Seventy-Two XL1200V 2012, 2013
Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200C 20042013
Sportster 1200 Low XL1200L 20042010
Sportster 1200 Roadster XL1200R 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sportster 883 Custom XL883C 20042009
Sportster 883 Roadster XL883R 20042010
Sportster Low/SuperLow XL883L 20052013
Sportster XL883 2007, 2008
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Vance Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhaust for Harley XL 2004-2012 5 5 8 8
LOVE THIS EXHAUST!!! Very good buy... Revzilla delivers as always! I was hesitant on spending $400+ on an exhaust for my bike, but unforunately that's what they cost. I tell you what though, I could not be happier. Talk about waking the beast up!!! My buddy has a Ninja 300, and when we ride he has to lead or stay way back of me because of how loud this exhaust is. He says he can feel the vibration of the exhaust through his helmet when he's behind me haha. Fast shipping, cheapest price after an hour of searching (with free shipping too). Very satisfied. My only complaint would be the o2 sensor threads were rough and I had to get Harley to clean them out for me. No biggy, it took 10 seconds and they didn't charge me. If you're looking for a great sounding exhaust at a great price, look no further! November 11, 2013
Great value SUPER EASY INSTALL ON 05 SPORTSTER. Look and sound great. September 9, 2013
Looks and sounds awesome I watched so much videos before I decide to go with Short Shots. Forget what you hear in the videos... it sounds much better live! Now I have a real Harley Davidson. Like they say, loud pipes save lives. Thanks Revzilla for deliver this to Brazil! August 13, 2013
Awesome exhuast for a great price! I just ordered these and they showed up 2 days later. Quick shipping. I absolutely love these on my bike. The Vance and Hine short shots make my 883 iron sound like a Harley should. August 5, 2013
Awesome sounding exhaust! This exhaust just makes the bike sound mean! Even my little 883 sounds amazing with this exhaust on it. It also makes it look great with the black finish since my bike is denim black. The install is not difficult if you have basic mechanical skills. Make sure you get a new gasket though, do not reuse the old one. Exhaust looks great, sounds great and gives the bike a little more pep. June 12, 2013
Excellent Worth the money, sounds great looks great. Friend suggested these and glad a listened! June 3, 2013
Could be the best exhaust for the 883 What can I say? I love this exhaust!! The first time I saw these pipes for the 883 I immediately fell in love with them. They just look right on the 883. After hearing a lot of sound clips on the web, I was sold. The sound is just intoxicating and it just brings out the personality of the bike. The installation was very moderate. I wish the instructions were really more detailed and had more photos in color. But otherwise it was not that hard. I highly recommend this system to anyone who owns and 883. Now I know a lot of HD 883s have this system but people buy them for a reason. It simply just works. April 12, 2013
Loud, Fast, and Pretty. I bought these pipes for no other reason than looks and sound. I hated the soft sound of the stock sportster exhaust and wanted my bike to sound like a real Harley. Iron 883, by the way. They are more than I hoped for. I've had multiple people say they sound better than their softails or Dynas. I live in Louisiana, and rode it to the Mardi Gras parade this weekend, where there are many, many bikers including the local Bandidos, and received numerous compliments on how pretty my bike is and how great the black pipes look. They've also increased my performance massively. I'm now putting out 57hp, which is over a 10% increase from the base power of 50. I don't need to kick it into 5th gear unless I'm going 65 or over anymore. Had MINOR problems with installation, because the holes for the bolts did not quite line up on the top pipe, but after loosening the bolts that attach it to the engine I was able to muscle it into place while my buddy bolted it all together. Highly recommend these pipes, and Revzilla has fantastic shipping speed. The only problem was a small almost unnoticeable scratch in the black finish, but it is minuscule and I had some matte black paint mixed to match the pipe color and fixed it flawlessly. 15 dollar fix, which is still less than purchasing from another site. February 11, 2013
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Michael S: Stock sporty exhaust was far too quiet for city driving. After reading user reviews & talking to current V&H owners, I went with the Short Shots. The initial build quality had me worried, but once I put the covers over, it hide all blemishes. Pipes look & sound awesome. Some performance increase, MINOR fuel consumption increase. Overall, well worth it! Feb 10, 2014
C P: Seemed like the best full exhaust for my 1200 Custom. They look fantastic and are VERY loud. Easy to install too. I bought the quiet baffles the next day but had to remove one layer of the fiberglass wrap to get just the right sound. No big deal. Everyone's preference and tolerance are a bit different. Oct 11, 2013
A shopper asked: Just wondering if it is necessary to add a fuel pack or some other computer management system with the staggered shortshots on a 2010 883 Iron or will the bike still run OK if I just fit these pipes? Aug 21, 2013
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Jonathan C: I was wondering the same! So I called V&H and they told me the engine will run too lean without a Fuelpak or other management system. So I bit the bullet and installed the Fuelpak and the motor runs great now! Aug 22, 2013
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Sam N: I believe you'll be looking at a "Stage 1" download/tune once you get these pipes. That's the route I had to go when I recently had these put on my 2013 XL883N along with the Screamin' Eagle Heavy Breather.
I had a seperate shop install the pipes before having the HD do the download/tune. So I was riding the bike for a couple days with simply just the pipes installed, seemed fine but I certainly noticed a difference after the tune. Well worth the extra $$ to do it right, and the pipes look awesome. I get thumbs up every day. Hope this helps!
Aug 22, 2013
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Jason C: It will run fine. You can ride it for about 1000 miles without any concern. It would be a good idea to get a tune up if you also installed a new intake like the Heavy Breather. It wont be really bad for the bike not to, but flit will run a little hard and fuel economy wont be that great. plus uoull miss ouy on some horsepwer ad well. It cost around $400 to get it ran on the Dyno at the Harley Davidson dealerships. But it is worth it. The pipes are rad though! Best thing I've bought for my bike so far. Aug 22, 2013
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Errol Y: Your bike will run much better if it is retuned after you replace the pipes and is mandatory if you replace the pipes and the air intake. I put a heavy breather intake on my bike when I changed to the short shots. The dealer put it on the dyno for a few hours and now I don't have to worry about it running too rich or too lean. My performance and gas mileage both increased! Not cheap but highly recommended. Aug 22, 2013
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Matthew C: I have not found it necessary to have a fuel management device installed. So far I have put a little over 1K miles on my 2010 883 since I installed the pipes.

The only thing I have noticed (next to the great sound) is the occasional pop/slight backfire on deceleration. It doesn't happen often and is barely noticeable if you are not trying to hear it. Hope this helps.
Aug 22, 2013
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Andy I: Your bike will still run just fine with out putting a fule management system in your bike. However I put one on my bike and you can definitely tell the difference. Well worth the money. I hope this answer will help you with your question. Aug 22, 2013
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Mark N: It is not necessary to add a fuel pack if you only add the exhaust, Harleys are run pretty rich in stock already, but if you add an air cleaner you'll might want toget a fuel pack more air flow aand exhaust together will need for fuel Aug 22, 2013
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Steve W: Conventional wisdom is that if you do pipes OR air filter you do not need to update the fuel management, but if you do BOTH then you need to. Aug 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: I am looking to add the "Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhaust" to my 2008 HD - Nightster and wanted some advice on whether I need to add the fuelpack and/or order anything in addition to just the pipes? Thanks for your help! Jan 13, 2014
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Jeremy H: If you get the exhaust you can switch them right with the stock pipes. If you do not get the fuel pack the exhaust might back fire just a little because the bike is used to a longer exhaust and is just getting rid of the excess fuel the cyclinder is burning off, makes your little sportie sounds like a badass bar hopper!!!! I was totally satisfied with my Vanes & Hines Short shots, and they only took about an hour to install. Very easy install total of 11 bolts but worth every penny!!! Jan 18, 2014
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melissa m: If you are just adding the exhaust, you do not have to do anything else to the motorcycle. We had contacted Harley before we bought the exhaust and they told us that you did not have to do anything. That saved us alot of money not having to add to or do anything else to the bike Jan 16, 2014
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John d: You should get the fuelpak only if you are planning on putting an Air cleaner I n conjunction with the exhaust. Otherwise its OK to just have the exhaust. My suggestion is to get the quiet baffles if you are running this system,. The exhaust can be very loud. Jan 23, 2014
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Sam N: I put the ShortShots on my 2013 Iron XL883N. Ran a little choppy with everything else stock. Took it to Harley and they recommended I upgrade the air cleaner and get a Stage 1 Download/Tune. Runs great now, well worth it. Hope this helps. Jan 16, 2014
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Michael P: No, you only have to have it if you also have an aftermarket air intake. In any case, get a Power Commander, not a fuelpak. Jan 18, 2014
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A shopper asked: So everyone I ask,seems to have a different answer!,Install a Fuelpak,,DON'T install Fuelpak,reduced mpg,&performance!,Let H.D.dealer,download/tune Stage 1,No need to do anything,after install(according to Melissa m,who called Harley dealer!)In the "old days",ya had to re-jet carb.,after any exaust/intake mod.,or would run too lean,get hot,&backfire,which may sound cool,but isn't doing engine anygood!,Sooo,,any answers,for an Analog man,in a Digital(fuel injected,'09 Nightster world!!)????Eddie M. Mar 6, 2014
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Michael S: I have an 09 sportster 1200...totally stock with just the Vance & Hines Short Shots so people can hear me. And they perform, I love how people's heads look around for me now

I hear and agree with the notion that if you introduce more air you need more fuel etc., thus the reprogrammer, but exhaust just dumps it out quicker...I'm 1000 miles in and see zero losses in anything. Huge gains in style & sound and minor gains in power.

I see no further engine mods required or necessary...game on and good riding buddy!
Mar 6, 2014
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Omar K asked: Hi,
I am wondering if this exhaust will fit my 2007 Harley Davidson Nightster? My bike is EFI. Thanks.
Nov 19, 2013
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russell d: Yes this exhaust will fit and will sound rather nice. I have it on my 48. I am very satisfied with the outcome. Nov 20, 2013
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Omar K: Hi Russell,
Thanks for your response. Did you have your bike tuned after you put these pipes on your 48? Nov 20, 2013
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