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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).
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 fuelAug 22, 2013
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
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
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 bikeJan 16, 2014
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
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
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
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