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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 (sold separately).

Features:

  • 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)

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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 20042011
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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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
awesome exhaust!!! Great exhaust for money, sound, and better free flowing system!!! July 11, 2014
Easy cheap and sounds great These pipes are super easy to install (less than two hours by myself) and they sound amazing on my 2012 72 sportster. It's the only mod I have so I didn't buy the fuelpak. Runs great without it and same fuel mileage. Revzilla was the cheapest place to buy them. I will buy all my parts from here. July 7, 2014
Awesome!!! They not only look&sound great,but w/K&N intake,(&Stage 1 download),but dyno @dealer,show almost 10h.p. increase.With less weight,&that "addicting" bark,(w/no backifres!),I'm twisting the "go" throttle,alot more,:).I had Harley dealer do install,didn't want to void warranty,&glad I did,as one of exaust studs,snapped off!I have a "Dresser",but this 09,1200 Nightster,has become my "Sons of Anarchy/Arthritis" bike!Also upgraded to Mustang seat&Progressive shocks,MUCH better!,the "blacked out" look,really does,complete the bike(&performance!)Buy 'em,you wont be sorry!!!!Worth the $!!!! June 12, 2014
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
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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: ?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
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