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PostSubject: Aftermarket exhaust   Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:14 am

I have a 2010 wr and have been thinking about adding a new exhaust , but I don't really want to add a programmer . Do you have to a do a programmer ? Also what recommended exhaust?

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PostSubject: Re: Aftermarket exhaust   Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:07 am

Iceburg7 wrote:
I have a 2010 wr and have been thinking about adding a new exhaust , but I don't really want to add a programmer . Do you have to a do a  programmer ? Also what recommended exhaust?

Talk about opening up a can of worms! LOL

Do you have to add a programmer - NO. I don't run one with the FMF Q4 that I have on the bike now and once the bike is warmed up it runs fine.

Will a Programmer make the bike run better with an Exhaust - YES. Assuming it is properly setup which in my mind means going to a dyno and having them tune the system.

Will a Programmer make the bike run worse - YES, It can. I first started out with the FMF Fuel Programmer and while the bike got better throttle response, I would periodically suffer from engine cut out's due to the mixture being too rich at near full throttle applications. Tried the games to be played but never could completely resolve the issue so I went with a PCV and spent some money on a Dyno Tune. Kept the throttle response but my mpg dropped about 10% which sort of makes sense. Generally speaking to make more power you need to burn more fuel.

After my tuning experiments I opted to go back to a modified stock muffler (Cat removed) with EXUP and no programmer. Probably spent the last 3 years riding the bike that way and for some of the tight riding it was was a pretty nice set up.

Then recently I saw a sale on the new Q4 Hex (suppose to be quieter than the original Q4) so I gave it a shot. So I pulled my modified exhaust off and went installed the Q4 Hex. Nice sound to it but I lost some of the low throttle grunt I use to get with the EXUP - I have this hill on my property that I could put the bike in 1st gear and tractor up without using the clutch and I can't do that now. But I may play with the CO settings a little and possibly put my PCV back on for a better comparison.

I am sure you will get all sorts of opinions on your question and they will all be right to some degree. I worked with some guys for a major automotive manufacturer that did engine calibrations. The biggest issue they faced is that gasoline is like a witches brew - you are never sure how it will react and what is in it. Many times they would have a good calibration for a vehicle out east and then when the vehicle was ran with fuel from the West coast it would not run as well and they would have to modify the calibration. They spent many hours calibrating engines for different fuel mixtures to find a calibration that would run decent across the different formulations.

I have even seen differences between the bikes themselves. My bike runs pretty good on the a Q4 with no programmer but my riding buddy's WRR does not and he has a FMF programmer installed (and he gets the occasional flame out as well - been through all the setting changes to correct but in the end has learned to live with it).

At the end of the day it is all how you ride and where you are riding. You will just need to play around and see what works best for you.

On another note, if I had to do it all over again, I would not touch the motor or exhaust in the beginning. For me that was the least amount of improvement for $$ spent. Changing the sprockets, tires, and seat paid a much better return for me. Next was the GoRace Suspension mods - it really transformed the bike on the trails.

However, it's your bike and your money so do what you want to do.... that is part of the fun with these machines.
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PostSubject: Re: Aftermarket exhaust   Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:36 pm

Your right rsteiger I am running a modified stock exhaust but with FmF tuner ( with that cutout glitch) and 290 athena kit. Best mod. so far are tires, grips, bars, hand guards, seat and suspension springs setup for your weight valving is pretty good stock.
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PostSubject: Re: Aftermarket exhaust   Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:39 pm

Thanks for the advice. I think I will stick to stock and focus on suspension for now
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