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Old 03-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Wicked Leo Vince Evo II LV One slip on Pipe review.....

I know there is already a thread going here with the news.... But I will go a little deeper in a full review, and did not wan`t to hijack the other thread.
That said....after chasing the UPS guy.....again.... He must think I`m crazy.... Thank goodness he`s a rider himself.... So he knew how it goes...... Just so every one knows.... I had the oval "old" style which now sits on a fellow 8GS rider`s bike. So a lot of comparison is with the old oval style.
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.....Thanks goodness for Leo Vince packing this piece so you could drop it from fifth floor. Unwrapped it.....and noted the same kind of mid pipe as the oval. The mid pipe to header fit was awesome.....and mid pipe to pipe great as well. When I tried to install the big 30mm spacer.....I did not like the way it torqued the set up. No matter what I did turning the mid pipe....and pipe......No go for me. This was not the case with the oval one. A note here.... I remember that in the interest of making the oval fit with aftermarket luggage.....LV went out of their way to come up with spacers...etc.... So perhaps the issue here is to try to remedy this.... It really was not an issue with me.... I have put on so many systems on bikes...... Truthfully.... This was nothing as compared to other surgery`s I had to perform...

Anyway..... I have to be close to a Carbon Fiber source........ and had this little piece cut......


LV 30mm spacer....


Next to the one it replaced.....


New shorter SS bolt on the left.....


Perfect match......






I really like the new style end cap......with one exception..... It`s made of plastic. Any time any one is mentioning a fancy material ending in ` tec..... It has my attention. And this is just taste.....Nothing else..... Plastic don`t belong on a CF pipe..... I am most certain that I will make a print of the end cap in CF....soon.... That said.... I think the new look with the tapered mid pipe to pipe looks awesome..... the squared top and bottom.......awesome.... end cap shape....Killer. Would I buy it again with the [plastic end cap.....absolutely. It looks fantastic. And..... does match the other plastic on the bike. I have just ridden around the neighborhood..... and cant comment....yet... On the performance....but I expect it to be on par with their oval system. The CF sleeve is 30mm shorter than the oval.... But the end cap seems a little longer..... In the next day or so.... My friend will come over with his 8GS, that has my old oval on it.... And we will measure SAE sound results with and without the potato in. I will also measure the comparable dimensions.... Initially though..... I like the sound at idle a bit better..... It seems to have a little more deeper tone ( lower frequency) But I will con firm that when he arrives, so we can compare.... Along with that....I will post a few Videos as well......

Erling

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Old 03-10-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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Sweet! You even get to use a part of one of your rack mounts (I believe), awesome!


Yeah... with my Akropovic exhaust system it is titanium with a carbon end cap. I took out the plug after my first trip and haven't looked back. I love the deep ruble these pipes produce.

There is no way you can keep that plastic on there! I know you will be making a carbon piece! In fact I would be you have already started
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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Sweet! You even get to use a part of one of your rack mounts (I believe), awesome!


Yeah... with my Akropovic exhaust system it is titanium with a carbon end cap. I took out the plug after my first trip and haven't looked back. I love the deep ruble these pipes produce.

There is no way you can keep that plastic on there! I know you will be making a carbon piece! In fact I would be you have already started
Yeppers....... I leaned early that keeping excess pieces ....rather than throwing them out..... Yeppers.... That is from the box latches.....
I will call LV in the next few days, and see if I can pilfer a plastic end cap......So I can work a mold.... There might be others who want one.... My friend with the new 8gs.....with my old pipe... Has a 12gs as well with the LV.....end cap looks identical.....just a we bigger...But in CF....

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:53 PM   #4
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you mention that the mid pipe is pretty much the same as the old one. If you can do me a favor......when you friend comes over with the old pipe, see if the bend in the new pipe is the same as the old one. I am hoping they bent it in a way so as to bring the inlet end of the carbon pipe closer to the center of the bike. On my existing LV carbon, the front of the pipe hits my racks and if they bent the new link pipe a bit more, it will eliminate this problem for me. Nice write up. oclv
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:00 AM   #5
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Thanks for posting this ebrabaek! My non-carbon version is on the way but I assume it will have the same fitment issue. I look forward to your comparison report.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:27 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting this ebrabaek! My non-carbon version is on the way but I assume it will have the same fitment issue. I look forward to your comparison report.
Perhaps..... No bike are the same..... But in worst case.......you can just saw the 30mm bracket in half....... I could install is with the 30mm spacer....but did not like the torque put on the pipe.... and the stress on the CF collar.......


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Old 03-11-2011, 07:24 AM   #7
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you mention that the mid pipe is pretty much the same as the old one. If you can do me a favor......when you friend comes over with the old pipe, see if the bend in the new pipe is the same as the old one. I am hoping they bent it in a way so as to bring the inlet end of the carbon pipe closer to the center of the bike. On my existing LV carbon, the front of the pipe hits my racks and if they bent the new link pipe a bit more, it will eliminate this problem for me. Nice write up. oclv
I played a little with turning of the mid pipe while held still.....and I could change the angle of the pipe to the point that the 30mm spacer would fit..... But the pipe would be hanging too far down ( about 30mm) for the CF collar to reach. It could just be something on my bike.......And imho really not a big deal.......well at least for me. He said he`d be over today....So I will measure the angles of the mid pipe.

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Old 03-11-2011, 09:27 AM   #8
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you mention that the mid pipe is pretty much the same as the old one. If you can do me a favor......when you friend comes over with the old pipe, see if the bend in the new pipe is the same as the old one. I am hoping they bent it in a way so as to bring the inlet end of the carbon pipe closer to the center of the bike. On my existing LV carbon, the front of the pipe hits my racks and if they bent the new link pipe a bit more, it will eliminate this problem for me. Nice write up. oclv
Preliminarily...... I will say that the angle is different. Not necessarily only at the mid pipe.... But a combo of the ever so slightly different pipe inlet, and the mid pipe..... The new pipe is a little wider.....on their spec sheet..... But I have a minimum of 7mm more clearance between the outer pipe, and my rack. When I welded it....I measured 5`ish mm distance....I now have 12..... Seing this, as I kept scratching my head...... I`d say LV listened to the concern from their customers, and incorporated this into the design on the LV ONE...... As we measure the old oval....I will verify this.....

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Old 03-11-2011, 10:15 AM   #9
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Just ordered the steel one yesterday. I'll add to this thread when I get it
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:40 PM   #10
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Not sure what you mean.....Like how to make the LV the quietest...... Potatoe in the end....and dic in..... But some serious flow restriction on the motor...... Generally.... the more you restrict the flow.... the quieter the bike gets....

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I just dont want to make it louder than stock, quieter would be ideal.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:20 PM   #11
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I just dont want to make it louder than stock, quieter would be ideal.
Sorry..... But the only way you can achieve this is by in addition to the potato...... Install the disc...... Then it will be on par with stock level...... But I think it'l run like ...... Ummmmmm..... Very bad.........

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:31 PM   #12
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I have no experience with the akro...... But as was said earlier.... If noise is a concern of yours.....keep the stock..... I don`t think anything will beat it.... they`l come close....but not beat it.....

Erling
Thank you for your reply. The noise wasn't for me, I just thought there were pipes out there made to make the exhaust louder, and some to silence it... I was looking the one that silences. Sorry, I'm very new to motorcycling.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:41 PM   #13
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My LV w/ the quiet/spark arrestor insert is pretty quiet. Might even say quieter than stock. I believe the part was additional $40 or so. It will pass the poke test as well. Rangers here won't accept the cat as a spark arrestor.
I have sound tested the bike previously, but forgot the numbers. I posted them in one of the exhaust threads.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #14
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You have pic or location for the spark arrester. I can't seem to find one.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:49 PM   #15
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Call LV. There wasn't any listing, but the guy set me up.
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