HONDA VTX 1800C,F BIG SHOTS EXHAUST SYSTEM
HONDA VTX 1800C,F
BIG SHOTS
EXHAUST SYSTEM
Part #18417
CONGRATULATIONS! You have purchased the finest exhaust system available for your motorcycle.
Your VANCE & HINES exhaust system is designed for today's rider, a rider who needs maximum
performance, great styling and a perfect fitting system. Please follow the installation instructions
below and if you have any questions, feel free to call our technical help line (562) 926-5291.
STOCK EXHAUST SYSTEM REMOVAL
1. Remove right side frame cover.
2. If motorcycle is oxygen sensor equipped, locate and
Muffler mntg holes
unplug connector(s). Remove wire tie (take note of
Bracket
harness routing for reassembly). Remove sensor(s) from
mntg
328
exhaust system.
points
Note: Use caution when handling. Do not handle sensor
Figure 1
tip area, store in a safe dry place for reassembly.
3. Remove allen head screw, holding rear brake master
Rectifier mounting points
cylinder reservoir and cover.
4. Remove footpeg flange head bolts. Carefully lower right
Arrow
foot peg assembly, with rear brake reservoir attached.
indicates
Note: Use caution when handling brake line.
direction
5. Remove exhaust port flange nuts.
to slide
6. Remove flange bolts securing rear muffler mount to
heatshield
exhaust system mounting bar.
7. Remove complete exhaust system. Start by removing
front head pipe from exhaust port (assistance may be
required).
Figure 2
8. Remove rectifier from mounting bar.
9. Remove stock (cast iron) exhaust system mounting bar.
Arrows indicate direction of clamp
heads
VANCE & HINES EXHAUST SYSTEM INSTALLATION
1. Check condition of stock exhaust gaskets. Replace if
damaged or worn.
2. Install and tighten supplied mounting bracket (stamped
328-P) in the original mounting bar location, using one
Figure 3
M10x35 flange bolt and nut on top (supplied) and one
M10x20 flange bolt on bottom (supplied) (Figure 1).
3. Install and tighten rectifier using M6x30 flange bolt and
nut combinations (supplied).
4. Place heat shields on a non-abrasive surface such as a
blanket or carpet. Mark outside surface of front and rear
Mark
heat shields with location of mounting clips that are
outside
Feed clamp
welded to the inside using a felt tip marker (Figure 4).
surface
through clips
5. Install each heat shield over its respective head pipe
(Figure 2). End tip removal may be necessary.
Figure 4
6. Reinstall end tips if removal was necessary. Each end tip
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must engage both muffler body and heat shield. Align
end tip screw holes w/heat shields. Install and tighten
1/4-20 button head allen screws (supplied). Removable
thread locking compound is recommended on end tip
screws. Note: Align heat shield openings so baffle
End tip
screws are accessible (Figure 5).
screw
7. Install each hose clamp by feeding tail end of clamp into
heat shield clip. Take note of clamp screw head
direction (Figures 3 & 4). Screw head should be
Figure 5
Baffle screw
accessible when system is installed on motorcycle for
adjustment purposes. Use #20 hose clamps for head
Installing
pipe areas and #28 hose clamps for muffler areas.
dog bone
Note: Prior to tightening hose clamps, align end caps so nut plate
that slash ends are even (Figure 5).
8. Tighten all hose clamps securing heat shields.
9. Carefully install system into exhaust ports (rear port
first) using stock flange nuts. Assistance may be
necessary. Slide dog bone shaped nut plate (supplied)
inside each bracket welded to backside of mufflers
(Figure 6). Attach mufflers to mounting bracket 328-P
Figure 6
using 5/16” flange bolts (supplied) engaging dog bone
nut plate.
O2 sensor
10. Tighten exhaust port flange nuts securing head pipes to
cylinder heads.
11. Tighten 5/16” flange bolts securing mufflers to
mounting bracket.
12. If motorcycle is oxygen sensor equipped, install and
tighten oxygen sensor(s) (Figure 7). Reconnect wiring
harness connector. Non-oxygen equipped models, install
M12 x 11 plug and washer (supplied).
Figure 7
13. Reinstall and tighten right-hand foot peg assembly, rear
brake master cylinder reservoir and reservoir cover.
14. Remove oil and finger prints from chrome using a soft cloth and chrome polish before starting
engine.
Important: All hardware must be properly tightened before starting motorcycle.
FUEL-INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS
For fuel injected models, Vance & Hines recommends the use of an adjustable fuel management
system to ensure maximum exhaust system performance.
PLEASE NOTE: Every effort is made for Vance & Hines Exhaust Systems to provide improved
cornering clearance. However, due to design and space limitations on some motorcycle models,
(center stand, oil filter, oil pan etc.) ground and cornering clearance may not be improved and in some
cases may be reduced. Be sure to follow proper installation instructions.
WARNING!
VANCE & HINES DOES NOT WARRANTY ANY CHROME
PRODUCTS AGAINST DISCOLORATION.
For information about other Vance and Hines products visit our web site at www.vanceandhines.com
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