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Has anyone thought of fabricating a heat Shield to put over the CAT section on their RM. The light bulb went on when riding home from work and my hamstring started getting toasty warm. I was thinking since the RM has adjustable floor boards for the passenger, how about using the lowest slot to secure the heat Shield just enough to cover the CAT and maybe extend a few inches on both ends. Something out of a polished metal to blend with the bike but assist with the heat and direct it to the rest as opposed to it rising. I can invision it, I just don't have the skill set or the tools. I know you can get it de-cated,but I was looking for something else. Anyways just a thought.
 

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True duals is the only way to go. Eliminate the cat. Divide the exhaust between the two mufflers. Better performance. Better sound and so much cooler. I've done it to 2 Chieftains and one Roadmaster. The only way to go. Just make sure when you do you dont let the Indian dealer put an Indian tune in it. Use Fuel moto or loydz.
 

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This is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say true duals will increase performance. I’ve always heard true duals kill performance in a TS111/116 motor. Sound good and look good, absolutely. Increase performance? I’m no expert but have always heard the opposite.

I went with a Jackpot header from Fuelmoto. No cat, no tinny or pinging sound in the exhaust, looks stock, just slightly louder.
 

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Has anyone thought of fabricating a heat Shield to put over the CAT section on their RM. The light bulb went on when riding home from work and my hamstring started getting toasty warm. I was thinking since the RM has adjustable floor boards for the passenger, how about using the lowest slot to secure the heat Shield just enough to cover the CAT and maybe extend a few inches on both ends. Something out of a polished metal to blend with the bike but assist with the heat and direct it to the rest as opposed to it rising. I can invision it, I just don't have the skill set or the tools. I know you can get it de-cated,but I was looking for something else. Anyways just a thought.
there is a company called American Classic, you send them your Cat, they gut it, put a small baffle in for left pipe flow, and send it back to you. $199. they claim no reprogramming is required. reduces your entire exhaust temp, even up to the heads.
 

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there is a company called American Classic, you send them your Cat, they gut it, put a small baffle in for left pipe flow, and send it back to you. $199. they claim no reprogramming is required. reduces your entire exhaust temp, even up to the heads.
Point of clarification: The company is called American Custom... Offical Company Link. For Indian, they can redo the header pipes (where the CAT is) for that $199. They can also redo the exhaust for another $199. Here is the Indian exhaust page... Indian Touring. Note that you can buy the pre-made items for a different price-point. So gutting the CAT and changing out the baffle requires two purchases.
 

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True duals will not “kill” performance.
What Baron posted is true, but it is very minor.
Cones will not aid in scavenging. In order for an exhaust to scavenge it must be multi cylinder that will allow exhaust pressure to be constant enough to set up a vacuum that will literally help “suck” exhaust out of the pipe.
True duals will not show any “seat of the pants” noticeable power decrease in a street engine. I put them on my 2014 stock and honestly could not tell the difference in acceleration at all.
Even in highly modified race engines, the benefit is small, but a racer is trying to get every single bit of power that he or she can.
Really, be honest; on a 72 hp stock 111 engine, dropping 2 hp in the lower rpm range is not something that you will notice.
 

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You may also want to check out Design Engineering. I used the Titanium Pipe Shield on my 16RM rear cylinder exhaust going into the cat. It did help some. The best help was getting a 20RM with the rear cylinder deactivation, though.

 

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Virginia Jim, did you install it on top of the exhaust shield or directly onto the exhaust/CAT. Unfortunately, buying another/ trading in my 18 RM is not an option. I got a great deal on it on 2019, so I'll have to deal with the heat and or try various options.
 

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I can't remember if I used only one 15' roll or part of two. But it only costs $18.00 per roll. It made a major difference. My Wife said her right foot doesn't get hot anymore. Some people say it makes the pipes rust. How a very hot pipe thats in good condition can hold moisture long enough to rust I've never figured out and I've been using heat wrap on bikes and cars for decades without issues. For applying, you get it wet, tie it down with stainless wire, screwdriver clamps, etc. Once you get it started, pull it tight and overlap enough to cover. It fits easy under all covers.
 

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I can't remember if I used only one 15' roll or part of two. But it only costs $18.00 per roll. It made a major difference. My Wife said her right foot doesn't get hot anymore. Some people say it makes the pipes rust. How a very hot pipe thats in good condition can hold moisture long enough to rust I've never figured out and I've been using heat wrap on bikes and cars for decades without issues. For applying, you get it wet, tie it down with stainless wire, screwdriver clamps, etc. Once you get it started, pull it tight and overlap enough to cover. It fits easy under all covers.
Same stuff that I used and it worked well for about 30 thousand miles. The metal under the wrap became very brittle and I blew a large hole out at one of the bends.Ended up having to replace the header and heat shield. No more heat wrap. I always ran the bike for awhile to dry the exhaust after washing it.
 
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