Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

*Much* better

I finally installed a stock exhaust on my 2006 ZX6R. My ears, my neighbors, and the sedans next to me on the highway all rejoiced in response to my properly-muffled maiden voyage. A sort of sensory salvation.

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A while back I landed a Craigslist deal on the parts I needed to replace a deafening aftermarket tin can on my Kawi. But the parts sat in the basement for months until recently. A few short stints tinkering, buying hardware, etc. and:

purrr...

Yeah. That's how is sounds now. Instead of an obnoxious, raspy smoker's voice of an exhaust, my flat blue, two-wheeled road jet now sounds civilized, tuned - almost perfect. And I can already feel a torquier low end. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

All's not awesome, though. I had no solution to the missing stock fender that would hold a license plate. And the previous setup was all bent up and stupid. I didn't want to buy a - dare I say the gross phrase - fender eliminator, so I used spare hardware and angle aluminum I had in the basement:

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So here we are. How do we look? Cuz I already know we sound frackin' awesome.

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