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Akrapovic on ZX14R

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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Akrapovic on ZX14R - With Pics

I emailed some questions to Akrapovic, thought I'd share the answers for those who might be interested. I'm pretty firm on my choice to order an Akra full race system for my bike... Getting pretty excited about the start of the modifications! Answers are in green.


1) Can you tell me the difference between the "slip-on line" and the "full racing line"? They share the same mufflers and link pipes. No difference.

2) Is the slip-on line the same as the full racing line when you buy the optional SS header? Yes

3) If I order the full racing system can I install the mufflers on the stock header temporarily? Yes

4) Are the full racing mufflers louder than the slip on mufflers, or is it just the aftermarket header and removal of the cats that add extra loudness? Our slip onís have the same decibel reading as stock but a deeper tone. Yes with the optional header they will be louder. See website for technical specifications for the slip on system.

5) Does Akrapovic offer a quiet core insert of any kind? It is part of the muffler and cannot be removed.

6) Any need for a tune if just the slip-ons are utilized? No tune needed for either system, is designed to work with stock ECU in place.

7) Can you comment on how the slip-ons are located in comparison to the stock exhausts? In other words, would after-market luggage that was designed to work with the stock exhaust work with the Akrapovics? Yes aftermarket luggage will work in almost all cases. Our system follow the same lines as stock.

8) Any plans to come out with carbon fiber silencers for the zx14r? There are no plans for carbon fiber silencers for this bike.

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Great info...they are still a little steep. They are damn nice though. I am going to go for a set of Yoshi slipons, and possibly add the akra headers later.
   
 
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If you are going to go all out for a full system, I suggest you also consider the Brock's systems.
   
 
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L2M, I'll give you a review when I get them on.

ZXMAN, I gave consideration to the Brock's, but I think I like the Akra's look a little better. The Brock's may flow a hair better and may be a little lighter (I don't know for sure), but the other selling factor for me is that the Akras appear to be fairly subdued in the noise output factor. I'd prefer to stay on the quieter side. As far as I can tell, the Brock's and Akra's are pretty close to the same price.
   
 
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Sure thing, Vinnie. Let us know what you think. Kawasaki offers the dual slipons Akrapovics as an addon for the ZZRs in Europe.

Brock does offer the quiet core, but not sure what it would run on a dual setup. There is a $100 difference in the single full system to upgrade to the quiet core.

I will definitely be doing slipons from the start and see where it goes from there. I was looking at the Leo's for $400, and the Yoshis about $100 more. Both of them appear to have silencers. I have got to have a near stock sound and look, so I will likely find something in black...which bumps the price quite a bit. Muzzy offers a black anodized system for fairly cheap---not sure on the sound though.
   
 
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Vinnie, what is the best price you've found so far? Link?
   
 
Old 09-12-2012, 03:28 AM   #7
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Vinnie, what is the best price you've found so far? Link?
This site has them at $2183, but they're sold out. No telling when they'll get more.

Akrapovic Racing Full Exhaust System for ZX14 12 - Full Exhaust Systems - Exhaust - Street Parts - SoloMotoParts.com - Motorcycle Parts, Accessories and Gear

Other sites that just pop up under a google search are showing around $2230 - $2290, like this one...

2012 at More Power Racing

I'll do a little more searching tonight.
   
 
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Have you considered ordering the slipons and the header separate? Seems like they would run closer to $1900 if its possible to find a header. Only seen the header on Revzilla.

Would that be the same combination that's going for $2200?
   
 
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Have you considered ordering the slipons and the header separate? Seems like they would run closer to $1900 if its possible to find a header. Only seen the header on Revzilla.

Would that be the same combination that's going for $2200?
All the headers I've seen offered are over $500. I figured it was cheaper to buy both together.
   
 
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$1300 for the slipons and $515 for the headers. I'm not sure if those headers are titanium or steel though. That's still just $1800-ish for a full dual Akro when all is said and done. For me, the difference between titanium and steel is irrelevant. Question is, is the header available? I've only seen it on revzilla too. I would check into this further, but there are a lot of folks talking about the flow of the stock header, so I will try to hammer the cat before I venture into the extra $500. Besides, I've Always liked the sound those thick stock headers feed to the pipes, kinda like the Yosh RS3 on the ZX12R...Loved that SOund.
Maybe contact Revzilla and see if its even an option?
   
 
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$1300 for the slipons and $515 for the headers. I'm not sure if those headers are titanium or steel though. That's still just $1800-ish for a full dual Akro when all is said and done. For me, the difference between titanium and steel is irrelevant. Question is, is the header available? I've only seen it on revzilla too. I would check into this further, but there are a lot of folks talking about the flow of the stock header, so I will try to hammer the cat before I venture into the extra $500. Besides, I've Always liked the sound those thick stock headers feed to the pipes, kinda like the Yosh RS3 on the ZX12R...Loved that SOund.
Maybe contact Revzilla and see if its even an option?
Not sure if I'm following you... Have you found a place that offers the slipons for $1300? Best I've seen is about $1850 - $1900 for the slipons. According to the Akra rep who answered my questions above, the headers of the Race system are the same as the headers you buy separately, both stainless. While the slipons are titanium (not sure if that's just the shell of the can, or if it includes the down pipe of the slipons also) either way. Here's a quote that shows all the different options...

2012 at More Power Racing

As you can see, they offer the Slipons with or without the cats. I think there is also a cat in the collector on the stock headers (and in each of the stock cans). Interesting that they offer the slipons either way, and if you go to the Akrapovic site they list the cats as a separate sell item...

Kawasaki ZZR 1400, ZX14R P-KAT-035 Catalytic converter Set - Akrapovi ZZR400%2c+ZX14R P-KAT-035+Catalytic+converter+Set

So... It looks like there are three cats in the stock system. With an aftermarket Akra header you elimate the cat in the collector, plus you have the option of eliminating the cats in each of the exhaust cans. Does that sound correct to you? I'm getting a bit confused.
   
 
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Ok, so the site won't let me post the Akra site address without adding a stupid

Also, it looks like the slipons with the cats installed are a discontinued item, and the latest iteration has no cats installed - but you can buy the cats as a separate item. You'll have to go to the Akra site to see what I mean. Let me know if any of this makes sense.
   
 
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Akrapovic Slip-On Exhaust Kawasaki ZX-14 2008-2011 Your Price $1,306.75

Akrapovic Slip-On Exhaust Kawasaki ZX-14 2008-2011 - RevZilla

From your link:
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Header
ZZR1400 2012
Optional header for Kawasaki ZZR1400
Price
Optional Header
E-K14R1 $522.71
$1826.46 for a complete dual system?

It may be worth contacting Revzilla, I don't know why you would be able to purchase the parts separate and save so much money. There must be a catch somewhere. Do you have a need for the cats in Oklahoma?

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Don't need the cats for Oklahoma, but I the slipons you're quoting are for the 2011 and earlier zx14's. Not sure what the difference is, but the quoted 2012 systems are different and more (substantially) expensive.
   
 
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I didn't think there was any difference between the 2011 and 2012...I could be wrong. Akrapovic is spot is a bad ass company, so they may have made a completely new set of headers for the 14R. Anything is possible.
   
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