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Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhaust For Harley Sportster

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. Baffles, mounting hardware, and instructions are included for a hassle-free, perfect fit every time. Optional quiet baffles available for a throaty exhaust note and reduction of 3-5dB in the sound level.


  • 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
Sportster Custom XL1200C 20042013
Sportster Custom XL883C 20042009
Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sportster Iron XL883N 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sportster Low/SuperLow XL883L 20052013
Sportster Low XL1200L 20042011
Sportster Nightster XL1200N 20072012
Sportster Roadster XL1200R 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sportster Roadster XL883R 20042012
Sportster Seventy-Two XL1200V 2012, 2013
Sportster XL883 20042009
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Best pipes around These pipes look and sound amazing. They are LOUD! They are amazing for the price and sound so perfect. Pretty easy install. I would just suggest to buy new gaskets for the exhaust because these don't come with them. February 11, 2015
Great Sound, Easy install These pipes are great. I installed them on my 2005 883 and am completely satisfied.(make sure you get 18mm o2 sensor plugs if your bike is carbed) These pipes were very easy to install and needed minimal tools. The pipes are very loud. Great deep and smooth sound. If you dont want your pipes VERY loud you might want to think about some baffles. December 8, 2014
My 48 sounds like a beast! The product arrived earlier than I expected. Shipping was free. Installation for me was relatively easy, considering it was my first time ever. Leave the wrap on the exhaust shield, as I did, until fully installed, to avoid scratching it. Exhaust is loud but it's perfect for the city of Frisco. Great looking exhaust, and in my opinion, the best looking one for my Sportster 48. November 27, 2014
V&H Shortshots on my Sporty 72 Absolutely awesome pipes ...I went with the black Shortshots. I freaking love the look, they sound deep and aggressive but not obnoxious. Killer upgrade as far as I'm concerned. Great quality, easy to install. I'd recommend to anyone looking to sexy up your Sportster and add performance! I recommend getting the V&H FuelPak and a upgraded Air Cleaner. I also picked up the FuelPak and an Arlen Ness Big Sucker Stage 1 a/c. November 17, 2014
High quality The Vance & Hines shortshots staggered exhaust installation went on very easy no problem's at all! The one thing Vance & Hines could do is to have a access hole in the heat shields for the set screw that hold's the baffles in when changing out the baffle's. First start up the exhaust was louder than i cared for ordered the quite baffle's installed them and that was the sound i was looking for. October 13, 2014
Loud and proud I was looking for pipes to get me noticed by other drivers due to too many close calls from not being heard, I checked these out and knew Vance and Hines was a name I could count on. Being the cheapest available I decided to give them a shot and holy s**t am I glad I did. Get them and you won't be let down. August 18, 2014
LOUD I installed the chrome shortshots on my harley forty eight on my own and it took about 45 minutes. Pretty easy install, just make sure you have the right tools for the job. These pipes are LOUD as h***. I hope your neighbors like you. August 1, 2014
Great sound, easy install I was a little skeptical at first after reading that the short shots cause a small loss of power low down, but after installing I definitely don't notice any loss of power and if anything it seems a bit peppier. They are loud, but after getting them burned in and warmed up, they sound great! Very happy. July 28, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
G O: I know I know...everyone has them but there is a reason for that....they are loud, look killer and perform Sep 27, 2014
Michael S: Loud pipes save lives. No one hears me on my stock pipes and after a few close call it was just time to make a move. I like the look and was ready to upgrade Jul 21, 2014
Adam S: I wanted something loud that would still hold a somewhat older Harley look, this is what I chose. Jul 4, 2014
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 S asked: ? I was wondering how the shortshot staggered exhaust would stand up to the united kingdom laws on my sportster XL883c Jun 11, 2014
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Walter G: I do not know the laws there. If they have a noise ordinance law it will probably get you a ticket. They are loud and proud kind of pipes. You can also buy the baffle kit for them to help quiet them. Jun 12, 2014
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A S: thanks for the input I will give the baffle kit some thought have a good one "H" Jun 12, 2014
Phil A: Not sure about laws outside of the USA. I would check with UK about any restrictions Jun 11, 2014
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Tuvana V: Dear AS,

I am guessing that UK driving laws should be similar to EU so I ll share my expiriance with you. When I ordered the v&h I also ordered the quiet buffers in order to reduse the noise as much as possible. Unfortunately, the proposed buffers by revzilla DO NOT fit the exhaust, so already I have been stopped by the police a couple of times while driving in the city centre and the sound is so loud that I do not even enjoy riding my bike... In short, if you are driving your sportster within city centers I would not recommend you buying the specific model.... If you'll be cruising around open/country side and you are not bothered by loud sounds, then go ahead!! Good luck!!!
Jun 15, 2014
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A S: thanks for input have a good day "H" Jun 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the average sound output level (e.g. in decibels) that this exhaust system provides? Jan 17, 2015
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John d: I don't know the exact levels but this exhaust is LOUD! I had to fit the quiet baffles on them to lessen the noise levels. Other than that I love them. The quality is great and it makes the bike look great. It gives the bike an extra bump in power. Combine it with a good air cleaner and the V and H tuner you are set to go. Jan 17, 2015
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mark h: Can't tell you decibles. They sound good and will not get you pulled over for excessive noise. My town is pretty strict on noise and these pipes never got me pulled over. Also, tone of pipe is quite comfortable on long hiway rides. Jan 18, 2015
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A shopper asked: ?I was wondering how the short shots staggered exhaust for my sportster xl883c would be in the united kingdom Jun 11, 2014
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James P. M: Probably the same,as they are,on "this side of the pond"!,Except,you ride on the wrong side of the road!,The sound,is somewhere in between,"straight pipes",&"stock",&w/a K&N intake,&Stage 1 download(jet's,if ya have a carbuerator),,but is addicting!,Got a huge power band increase,sweet sound,&less weight,&they look awesome(nasty,black!)You won't be disappointed,worth the "Quid's"$!!!!!!!:)Changes whole "attidude",of bike,(&your riding!:))!!It's "Brilliant"!!!:) Jun 12, 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
A shopper asked: I just got the quiet baffles and installed them, now bike wont start!? Is it blocking the air from coming out too much?! Oct 24, 2014
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