New Zard exhaust on S2R1000
I received and installed my 2-1-2 Zard exhaust today. The first thing you should do when you get these is throw the directions away and smack yourself in the head until it's throbbing. Then you'll be close to understanding the frustration you'll get from trying to read the instructions. First of all, the english translation from Italian makes no sense. There are words that aren't in our dictionary and the words they got right aren't used in the correct context so it's twice as confusing. But have no fear because there are pictures. Actually they are tiny black and white pictures taken in a dark room with no flash.
I've always been good at puzzles and eventually figured out where everything goes. Most of the parts fit pretty good until the pipes with the cans on them. They were a pain in the ass to line up and I had to take my license plate bracket off to wiggle the pipe around. They give you a random selection of washers, spacers, and nuts and bolts. You just have to guess which ones to use. When I was finished I had a whole handful of extra hardware. Oh yeah, you have to re-route the O2 sensor and bend your right heel guard out to install it. Make sure you order the special clamps to mount your heat shields. I didn't but will tonight so my right heel doesn't melt.
Turn the key, hit the button, and ROAR! The pipes sound great. They have baffles in them but I have no idea how to get them out without drilling out the rivets. I wouldn't want them any louder, honestly. They have a nice low rumble at idle, and the note blends nicely with the open clutch. Once the bike warmed up I rolled the throttle a few times. The sound is great but I am getting some popping ad the rpm's come down. It stalled a few times and that worries me. I bought this system because it was designed to work with the stock ECU. I let it sit for about 15 minutes and started it up again. Still some popping but no stalling. I would have taken it for a road test but there's snow on the roads and it's 25 degrees.
Any advice on the popping would be helpful. I still have the stock air box and filter.
It was either a ring or a bike. She got the bike.