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How to Give My Motorcycle Pipes a Deeper Sound

by Zyon Silket

All motorcycle exhaust pipes yield a unique sound. The tone depends on the length, diameter and the material the manufacturer used to make the pipes. Engine displacement also plays a role in the overall exhaust note from your motorcycle. Fortunately, if you want to make your pipes sound deeper, you can do so without permanent modifications. Most mid- to high-priced pipes have removable baffles.

Step 1

Locate the small nut on the bottom of your exhaust pipe approximately 10-inches from the end of the tail pipe. The nut connects to a bolt that holds the baffle into place.

Step 2

Remove the baffle-retaining nut with a wrench and push the bolt upward and into the tail pipe. The bolt will stay in the baffle.

Place a long flathead screwdriver into the end of the tail pipe and use it to pull the metal baffle out of the tailpipe. The bolt should come out with it. If it does not, use a telescoping magnet to remove the bolt.


  • If you have dual pipes, you must complete this process for each pipe.


  • Removing the baffles from your pipes will give you the desired deeper sound but it also raises the decibel level. Check your local and state laws before removing baffles to ensure you do not violate noise pollution regulations. In addition, removing baffles changes the back pressure on your engine. If your bike is fuel injected, you may need to take your motorcycle to a bike shop to have the ECU remapped to account for the reduction in back pressure.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set
  • Long flathead screwdriver
  • Telescoping magnet (optional)

About the Author

Since 2006 Zyon Silket has been writing for companies such as SEOWhat, L&C Freelancing and T-Mobile Wireless. He has extensive experience working in supervisory roles within the wireless and Internet technologies fields. Silket is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business management and network technologies at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

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