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Im tremendously happy with my stock RM with the leather heat shields I had installed. HOWEVER, been close to Bar-b-q'ing my testicles a few times so wanted to get opinions on whether removing the catalytic converter actually reduces the heat coming off rear cylinder? If you have done it, let me know.......not speculation, and not that 'you heard'......but actually had it done.
 

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It does not reduce the heat coming off the rear cylinder. It reduces the heat coming from the cat. Even after a couple hours' ride, I can lay my hand on the head cover and it is merely warm. I had mine done through Mike Woolwine. He cuts it open, welds in a diverter pipe to equalize the exhaust flow, and welds it all back together. I also wrapped the rear header pipe with exhaust wrap under the heat shields. Night and day difference in radiated heat!
 
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It makes a difference. Instead of paying someone to remove it, you can take the exhaust system off and remove it yourself with a large metal rod and hammer.
 

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Here what I did to my 15 Ram

#4 Nov 6, 2018
Yes removal of the cat will reduce the heat somewhat.
I was a big complainer of the heat, here is what I had done to reduce the heat
1. Cat Removed
2. Captain Itch
3. Stage 1
4 New Air intake
5. Slip ons
6. Insulated under seat and Captain Itch
7. Love Jugs

I have to admit my bike (15 RM) runs a lot cooler.
Hope this helps
 
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