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Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: benpineapple » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:32 pm

Hello! I'm sick of the exhaust setup currently on my bike, and have been saving up for a new setup. Saw the following 2 systems online:

https://shop.macperformance.com/MAC-Yam ... 4-0514.htm

http://www.nichecycle.com/ncs/categorie ... mance.html

Has anyone here purchased either of these brand exhaust setups? I'm skeptical, but it'd be rad if either was a real option. Currently I have a few bends that I chopped and welded on to my stock headers last year. Getting annoyed with the exhaust being the crappiest part of my bike. I'd make a new setup head to toe, but I'm not a clean enough welder at this point. Local shops have quoted me at 400-600 to weld up a 2-2 setup out of mild steel, so I think the MAC or NCS chromed ones might be the best bet.
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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: uncleromo » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:02 pm

What you have shown are both MAC systems. One on a newer bike than your ’82. Several forum members run them and are satisfied with them.

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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:54 pm

:yup:

Yep, both Macs. Mac in your ad is lot newer Virago. Hence, why the rear exhaust is much higher than front. I'll put up picture what Macs look like on the 81. 82 would be the same. Performance wise: difference of night and day on my 81. Much much crisper throttle response. Waay over the top exhaust flow over stock. The whole system, being some 25+lbs lighter, from stock exhaust, is really a major plus. Didn't have to mess with the pilot screw or rejet. Coarse I was already re=jetted for this altitude. But if your tune is pretty spot on, you shouldn't have to mess with anything.
Best of all..I can actually hear the wife behind. Meaning: One ride, I was in the "zone" on a canyon road. Didn't hear her decelerating (with her stock pipes)...Well..took a few miles before I realized she wasn't behind me anymore. :;: Thank gawd for my loud pipes, couldn't hear a word she was shouting at me on the way home. :cl: :bg: :cl:

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As you can see from the pic of front exhaust outta cylinder, if your bike is tune perfectly, you shouldn't get any blueing.
The pipe pictured is bout 3 or 4 years of running. Barely tinted. Not bad for single walled exhaust. Run lots both in town and maybe average 75-80mph highway.
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But like anything else...""YMMV"" Could get lucky..they do go on sale.

Few dollars cheaper: https://www.westendmotorsports.com/mac- ... slash-cut/


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Cheapy Emgo...
Oh yea..you might also do yourself a favor and get a heat shield for the rear pipe that exists the bike to muffler. If your at just the right angle, while back'n up to a curb...you will get branded. :bg:
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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: Jake » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:13 pm

benpineapple wrote: Getting annoyed with the exhaust being the crappiest


See my edit note on your post and please do not use any version on the word again, we try to keep the language clean as per forum rules.
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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: benpineapple » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:56 am

Jake wrote:
benpineapple wrote: Getting annoyed with the exhaust being the crappiest


See my edit note on your post and please do not use any version on the word again, we try to keep the language clean as per forum rules.


My bad. Been spending too much time on more loosely moderated forums. Will avoid crass language in the future, thanks for the edit.
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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: benpineapple » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:59 am

Flyingdog wrote::yup:

Yep, both Macs. Mac in your ad is lot newer Virago. Hence, why the rear exhaust is much higher than front. I'll put up picture what Macs look like on the 81. 82 would be the same. Performance wise: difference of night and day on my 81. Much much crisper throttle response. Waay over the top exhaust flow over stock. The whole system, being some 25+lbs lighter, from stock exhaust, is really a major plus. Didn't have to mess with the pilot screw or rejet. Coarse I was already re=jetted for this altitude. But if your tune is pretty spot on, you shouldn't have to mess with anything.
Best of all..I can actually hear the wife behind. Meaning: One ride, I was in the "zone" on a canyon road. Didn't hear her decelerating (with her stock pipes)...Well..took a few miles before I realized she wasn't behind me anymore. :;: Thank gawd for my loud pipes, couldn't hear a word she was shouting at me on the way home. :cl: :bg: :cl:

DSC_0001 - Copy.JPG


As you can see from the pic of front exhaust outta cylinder, if your bike is tune perfectly, you shouldn't get any blueing.
The pipe pictured is bout 3 or 4 years of running. Barely tinted. Not bad for single walled exhaust. Run lots both in town and maybe average 75-80mph highway.
DSC_0002 - Copy.JPG


But like anything else...""YMMV"" Could get lucky..they do go on sale.

Few dollars cheaper: https://www.westendmotorsports.com/mac- ... slash-cut/


DSC_0001 - Copy.JPG

Cheapy Emgo...
Oh yea..you might also do yourself a favor and get a heat shield for the rear pipe that exists the bike to muffler. If your at just the right angle, while back'n up to a curb...you will get branded. :bg:


Thanks for the thorough review/writeup! Glad to hear they're a rock solid option. Didn't know they're single-walled! I've never had my carbs professionally worked on, done all the "tuning" myself, maybe I should protect the investment and have 'em looked over by the pros so I don't trash the new setup.

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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: Jake » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:31 pm

benpineapple wrote: Will avoid crass language in the future


Thank you.
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Re: Any experience with NCS or MAC exhaust?

PostAuthor: bstig60 » Sun May 26, 2019 8:48 am

Thanks for the thorough review/writeup! Glad to hear they're a rock-solid option. Didn't know they're single-walled! I've never had my carbs professionally worked on, done all the "tuning" myself, maybe I should protect the investment and have 'em looked over by the pros so I don't trash the new setup.

From long experience, I would suggest you stay away from the "pros" when it comes to carburetors. Most shops these days don't have a clue about carbs as none of their techs are trained on them. My advice is to continue to turn your carbs yourself using info found here and other sources. The carbs on my 1100 have only been off once in the past 11 years. That was to replace the carb holders which were cracked. While I had them off, I pulled them apart and cleaned as needed, a little debris in the float bowls was all there was, then I put them back on the bike, adjusted and synced them and they have been fine since. Once carbs are set up correctly, they will stay that way until something is modified. I would also suggest that you not do any adjustments until you get your new exhaust system installed.
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