So you say the Termi's are too expensive?
The Zard's are a better deal?
Did you consider that the Termi's are actually a Factory designed part that was engineered by Ducati to perform the way the Factory would want all of their bikes to perform around the world if there were not noise and EPA restrictions? The 2 companies work hand in hand to design and test the exhaust.
Then did you notice that Ducati is selling you a full kit? Not only do you get the exhaust but you also get a filter kit, airbox update, and a Factory tuned ECU? So now you end up with the full package.
Sure the Zards will mount and probably run well. Other forum users will end up purchasing items such as Power Commanders, Bazzaz units, and/or send their ECU's out for reprogramming, you'll also want to have your fuel/air/trim settings done at a Dealer after installing that Zard to make sure it's not running rich or lean. Again the bike will probably run with the exhaust out of the box, but to make sure it's running correctly will still cost you more money. At least spend $100-200 for testing and adjustments.
So then when you begin to add it all up, the Termi kit (while still expensive I will admit) is actually a better buy than just slip-ons. You can run other brand of pipes if you just prefer the look of them more, but you should also always look at the big picture as you change one thing, what does it affect. What I'm on about is that if you are stuck on the Zards, then you should also consider a good air filter ($50-100) such as K&N, MWR, or Piper, then have your ECU reprogrammed ($200-400) and I've read that the reflash does not deliver enough fuel so consider a Bazzaz unit to richen up the mixture. Plus some time tuning it all in either with a Dealer or competent dyno tuner.
That's the way to properly change out your exhaust, the way that helps to prevent you coming back to the forums in 6 months complaining about how your bike runs strange but only on Thursdays. My S4RS and Paul Smart both have the Factory Termi kits on both. The S4RS has the track competition full kit, and my PS has the dual slip on kit. Both bikes run flawlessly and I have no complaints about them. Best part is that I'm not chasing down weird little gremlins.
To your original question about quality and such. Zard does make nice exhausts. There was a story at AF1 about them fitting poorly on a 998 or 1098, the techs did some cutting and welding to get the tabs to line up better. But overall they make a decent product.
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Last edited by caferacermike; 11-03-2012 at 08:56 AM.