March 06, 2018 0 Comments

We know you already love your Ducati or MV Augusta sportbike, but sometimes your motorcycle needs a few aftermarket upgrades — and what better way to start than with a new exhaust system? You can choose between installing a slip-on or full exhaust and from materials including titanium, carbon fiber, aluminum or stainless steel.

Exhaust systems on a motorcycle have a header, mid-pipe and muffler. The purpose of all three parts is to displace combustion gases away from the passenger and driver. The exhaust also muffles noise and allows your engine to perform at a higher level. With two options to choose from, here's what you need to know to make the best decision.

What Are Slip-On Exhausts?

OEM exhausts don’t always mean they are the best option for your ride. Manufacturers often use a simpler design to meet budget requirements and other regulations.

Slip-on exhausts give you a literal definition of what they are and how to apply them to your motorcycle. A slip-on replaces only the muffler section of the exhaust with a straightforward process. You remove the stock muffler and fit the new slip-on in the old one’s place. The process doesn’t require any special tools and you can usually exchange it in a matter of minutes.

A slip-on works as a better alternative to the original muffler while adding a unique aftermarket sound and style to your bike. It’s your most cost-effective option and it lessens the airflow restriction from your engine. They are perfect if you want the classic rumbling sound without installing a jet-kit or fuel controller.

Slip-on exhausts are a popular upgrade for sports bikes because they allow owners to modify the sound and look of their bike’s exhaust without the work or cost of installing a completely new exhaust system.

Benefits of Applying a Slip-On Exhaust System

If you are on a budget and still wish to enhance the sound and style of your ride, a slip-on exhaust is your best selection. The more cost-effective and easy installation allows you to change mufflers without installing a fuel controller, unlike a full system.

Are you wondering how to put a slip-on exhaust on a motorcycle? It’s simple — just remove the original muffler, slip on the new one and tighten it back up to receive great sound and style. You'll benefit from:

  • Better sound and style
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Easy installation

Slip-On Exhaust Drawbacks

A downfall of installing a slip-on is that you do not gain major boosted performance for your MV Agusta or Ducati. As such, your ride won’t achieve greater horsepower gains in comparison to a full system and you’re unlikely to see a huge decrease in weight either However, some people may not view these as negative aspects if they are only looking for sound and a better look.

The drawbacks of slip-on exhausts are:

  • Less weight shed
  • Little increase in horsepower
  • Not as performance-based

Pros and Cons of Slip-On Aftermarket Exhausts

What Are Full Aftermarket Exhausts?

Compared to slip-on exhausts, full systems replace all three parts: the header, mid-pipe and muffler. It offers a significant upgrade to your sportbike and often gives a noticeable increase in performance. Because you are applying a complete replacement of the original stock exhaust, it’s the more expensive option and requires more work. Full aftermarket exhausts also offer the lightest weight and maximum performance gains.

Replacements require more disassembly, since you may have to remove other parts of your motorcycle to get to the entire exhaust system. With a more involved installation process, including considering an application of a free-flow air filter to allow maximum air and gas flow, the process will take more time and diligence. You will also have to tune your ride after the additions to gain all the benefits of a full exhaust system.

We recommend getting a professional tuning after you put on the new exhaust to avoid any harmful side effects to your bike or its performance. Full systems are ideal for long distance riding, drag racers and for those who love riding their motorcycles full-throttle.

Full Exhaust Benefits

Installing a full exhaust system will give you the same benefits of sound and style like a slip-on, but what sets them apart is that a full replacement often offers more weight savings and performance gains. The horsepower of your ride improves as well as the weight. Aftermarket exhausts have a sleeker design thanks to more functional and lighter-weight materials.

The benefits of installing a full aftermarket exhaust system include:

  • Better sound and look
  • Improved weight shed
  • Increased performance
  • More horsepower

Drawbacks of Installing a Full Exhaust System

A negative aspect of replacing an original exhaust with a full system is the fact that you may need a jet kit or fuel controller piggy back ECU system to get it running properly. It also may affect the lean angle of your motorcycle. Whether it results in positive or negative lean may require extra research based on the specific aftermarket exhaust and your bike model.

Because installation involves several parts, you will likely need to remove pieces from your bike, such as the center stand and passenger foot pegs. Depending on which system you choose and the type of ride you have, it may be a more intensive process.

Drawbacks of installing new full exhaust systems include:

  • More installation work
  • May affect lean of motorcycle
  • More expensive option
  • Likely requires jet kit or fuel controller

Pros and Cons of Full Aftermarket Motorcycle Exhausts

Frequently Asked Questions About Aftermarket Exhausts

Trying to decide between a slip-on vs. full system exhaust may have you asking some vital questions. The best sportbike exhaust will depend on what you’re looking for when improving your ride.

If you are searching for a simple muffler addition for enhanced sound and style without a lot of installation work, a slip-on may be a good choice. However, if you desire heightened performance features, you will likely want to choose a full system.

Here are some common questions that people ask about aftermarket exhausts:

  • Do I need to remap with slip-on exhausts? You should not have to remap your fuel injection when you install a slip-on exhaust. However, if you make any other changes to the air intake into the engine you should consider remapping as this will affect your bike’s fuel burning and performance.
  • Which has a better sound? Slip-on or full exhausts? A look at slip-on vs. full exhaust sound indicates both types are louder than factory systems. This ultimately depends on your preference! Often times you can get similar sounds from slip-on exhausts and full exhaust systems, the real difference between the two is performance improvements.
  • Will an aftermarket exhaust increase my fuel efficiency? Full aftermarket exhaust systems can increase your bike’s fuel efficiency and performance as long as your bike is properly tuned after the new exhaust system is installed. Slip-on exhausts typically do not improve fuel efficiency.
  • Are aftermarket exhausts easy to install? Aftermarket slip-on exhausts can be easily installed on most bikes. Full aftermarket exhausts will take significantly more time and will likely require you to take your bike for a professional tune up afterwards to remap the fuel injection properly. How easy or difficult the process is will ultimately depend on the exhaust that you choose to install and the model bike that you have.

Aftermarket Exhausts From Design Corse

Exhausts are key components of any motorcycle to give it the right amount of back pressure and to displace heat. The system is responsible for the signature sound of your bike when you rev up the engine.

When you want to upgrade your ride’s exhaust system, Design Corse offers a range of choices that you can customize to fit your style and performance requirements. You can view our extensive online catalog – we make the process simple by allowing you to search the make and model of your MV Agusta or Ducati.

Order your new aftermarket exhaust today and increase the sound, style and performance of your sportbike. Have any further questions? Contact a representative today!

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