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1) Put the bike on at least a rear stand
2) remove the lower cowl push pops.. you have 2 bigs ones at the bottom and 3 high on each side that allow access to the signals.
3) remove the big hex bolts 2 on left 1 on right (black headed)
4) remove the shiny hex bolts 1 on each side at the top of the central side port
5) remove the small black hex bolts that are at the corner of your console pod hard to describe.. there is one on each side and this fastens the side fairs to the console to the top fairing.
6) remove the lower exhaust cover on the right side... its one bolt near the muffler and 2 rubber pushers middle and front
7) slowly and gently tug outward on the side fairings there is one big pusher in the middle and 2 smaller at the top
8) danger part! ok so up near that console hex bolt is where the nose fairings swing off.. there are 2 small tabs of plastic that i think you need to go out and back... beats me i broke two and saved 2.. but hey that's what gorilla tape on the back side is for right?
9) as you swing the fairing away undo the signals.. cant miss em
10) ok from this point forward.. you basically remove the header.. there are 8 bolts the head that on my bike were barely torqued,
11) there is a hanger just under and in front of the rear strut 1 big hex bolt to remove
12) loosen the rear muffler clamps
13)undo the hanger bolt at the top of each muffler... when you swing the muffler back your oem header and box are going to fall to the ground

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1) On a 2014 you need a couple of things... new exhaust clamps (2) the factories are going to be too big because kawi decide to flange out the factory exhaust pipe an put a spacer in it.. i recommend getting a similar style clamp.. got mine and the local Harley shop it needs to be about 1 3/4 inch
2) you will need to remove about 5/8's to 3/4 inch from the end of each muffler (sawsall ftw). if you don't the geometry will be wrong and you cant catch the central hanger. verify on your bike.. this was needed on a 2014!
3) back up front take some high temp wheel bearing grease.. not even a pea size for each port gasket, and apply around them.. they are inside the head
4) looks at your akrapovic directions for spring orientation and first.. put the sleaves into the head (they are one the header), you can put them in backwards.. so make sure that you install them the with the bevel in.. otherwise your tubes wont go in
5) Mount the flanges (not even finger tight)
6) firmly seat the header tubes into the flanges. Antisieze on the tubes down at the collector (just a little) then put the collector on, some nudging all over with a hammer and board or rubber mallet will get the tubes in
7) medium strength Loctite on the nuts, torque them, not to hard just firm, attach all the springs
8) shorten the oem mufflers fit them as you go.. don't tighten anything until everything is fit well .. this includes the lower exhaust fairing you took off earlier.. it mounts to the right side muffler
9) finger tight the header into the rear hanger
10) put a bit of antisize on the collector outputs mount the mufflers so they can still move
11) fire it up!
12) wait till it cools... retorque the head bolts, again its only 16ftlbs.. that's not very much.
13) replace the fairings in the same order you took them off.. don't forget the turn signals... after you get the lower fairing on the right side for the exhaust torque the rear hanger, muffler hangers, and clamps.

enjoy!
 

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Got a sound video?
 

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Thanks I cant wait to get it on the road in spring! I used an IPhone app called decibel 10th, put the phone on the tank bag and revved to 6500 or so.. it registered at 99db in my garage... my brothers stock bike hit 100db at 7K so is really not a lot louder, just has a different pitch.
 

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I like the pitch of this better than the stock.
 

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Is that an EVO video I spy? :)
 

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I had an VIII, I loved it. Sold it to accommodate the Ninja purchase. I was tired of constantly putting money into the VIII. AutoX was a blast in that thing with the HKS turbo in it. So much power. :)
 

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Mine really isn't too much power..it's really just to hard to drive on the street... it wants to change direction with every road joining and flies off the ground at every op. I have the coil overs being re-valved and am changing to even crazier spring rates now.... probably need dental work!. It has 53K miles on it and is very clean. I want a Porsche.. but have a Corvette budget.. and only by getting a top shelf version of either can I approach the performance level of a modified Evo... so it's staying for a bit longer.
 

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Thank you for the how to write up. I have a 2015 with Ivan ECU flash and just ordered my akrapovic header, leaving stock cans(for now) My question... Did you do anything to the air box hoses? Block off plate? I can't seem to find any clear direction on this other than stick a marble in it. Even knowing where and which hose to block off. Also did you do the air box mod? Drilling extra holes into it? Any direction on that?

Again thanks for the tips, I will for sure have them handy.
 

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I didn't work with the air box. I would ask Ivan if you can't find the info.. I believe he sells all the parts you are asking about.
 

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Thank you for the how to write up. I have a 2015 with Ivan ECU flash and just ordered my akrapovic header, leaving stock cans(for now) My question... Did you do anything to the air box hoses? Block off plate? I can't seem to find any clear direction on this other than stick a marble in it. Even knowing where and which hose to block off. Also did you do the air box mod? Drilling extra holes into it? Any direction on that?

Again thanks for the tips, I will for sure have them handy.

Simply block the hose (with a marble, ball bearing, rubber plug, etc) that comes from the airbox to the air injection valve. That's it.
 
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