Scorpion Exhaust Install on 2006 Yamaha FZ6
I thought I'd share some experiences with installing a new exhaust on my FZ6. I searched the forums and the net, high and low, and couldn't find much info on modifying the FZ6; thought I'd post here in case someone else had questions around it.
First off, the 2006 FZ6 has an undertail, single canister, dual exhaust.
When finding a replacement exhaust, at least with the Scorpion exhaust, what you'll find is that you will get a number of items (15 in total) - the major ones listed here:
1. You'll get 2 single canisters
2. A new connecting pipe that splits into 2 - this is for the separate canisters
3. You'll recieve a number of replacement brackets (mounting brackets, license plate brackets, etc..)
4. You'll also recieve all the clamps and connecting pieces (bolts, washers, etc..) needed for the replacement.
You'll need a number of tools: Phillips screw driver, Allen keys, and access to a Ratchet set.
FYI - as Scorpion exhaust is manufactured in the UK, all bolts and instructions are listed in metric sizes. Also note that the instructions that you will receive may, again may, be instructions for the 2004 FZ6 vs. the 2006. Not much has changed but you will find that there you will find one or two new factory brackets/pieces that you may need to remove.
After you have installed the new exhaust and fire your bike up, you will notice that the left side exhaust, due to pressure of the exhaust running through the connecting pipe, will seem to show more exhaust output then the right cylinder. Searching the net, I found that this is a normal operation so don't be surprised to see this.
Check out this YouTube link of a guy who filmed his bike pre-install with the stock exhaust and post-install with the Scorpion exhaust - it's awesome!! The new exhaust makes the bike sound like a race bike, and in real life, the video just doesn't do the sound justice; it's freakin' loud!!
When you watch it, try listening to it with headphones to get the full appreciation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEueoXlbAAQ
My personal experience:
So the above was just a little bit on installing the exhaust but my experience with the product was a bit more involved. The connecting pipe that I recieved from the manufacturer wasn't cut/welded straight. Notice the picture as the pipe was supposed to make both cyclinders align parallel to each other but was way off.
So I talked to the dealer about the issue. Now, no fault of their own, because they just sold me the exhaust - they didn't make it, had to now start going through a process of documenting and communicating with Parts Canada on getting me a replacement. Parts Canada didn't have any new Scorpion exhausts in stock and directed the dealer to try to 'jimmy' the exhaust into place to see if they could get it to look somewhat balanced on my bike and if they couldn't get it fixed, they'd then return it (and I'd be without an exhaust after all that trouble).
So, thinking outside the box, I went to a shop that's already working on another project for me and they recut, aligned, and re-welded the connecting pipe into the shape it should have been originally (it's pretty much what the manufacturer would have done but now I didn't have to deal with any frustration with Parts Canada, have to go through any potential nonsense with the manufacturer, and didn't have wait weeks/months for a new exhaust - and it only cost me a case of beer).
I've now installed the exhaust and it not only looks good, it sounds even better (that said, the license plate bracket is also off...has nothing to do with the exhaust pipe but....there you have it; Scorpions quality control for their connecting components seems to be a little lacking). That said, I don't really care as you can't tell that the license plate assembly is off unless you're right up close. I am SOOO ready for the summer...and I now got a bit more horse and a new monster exhaust to keep me awake ....
a noob who can't ride
Oh my god!! Nice Write up!
i was just looking at ppl's review on scorpion exhaust on SBN...
and i am definitely setting up my mind on getting this one!
well..i haven't bought a FZ6 yet..
just doing some homework..
how much is the slip-on w/ shipping?
do you know any other places that sell scorpion exhaust?
i like the CF look
I purchased my bike from North Shore Suzuki Yamaha and is where I got the exhaust; they cut me a deal for it because of my bike purchase - think it was $630/$650 CDN; all in with taxes and shipping (at least, I think that this price is pretty close to what I paid - I filed my receipt away and as I'm writing this, don't have access to it). I can't remember what the true MSRP pricing was.
Originally Posted by weitaro
Scorpion sells not just the Stainless Steel Oval exhaust for the FZ6 (which is what I got) but you can also choose Round cylinders vs. Oval and also have your choice of finishes (Carbon Fibre, etc..).
FYI - If you go through North Shore Suzuki Yamaha (and maybe from other dealers you end up talking to, I don't know - you'll find out when you ask), be advised that the dealer, through Parts Canada, can only order in the Stainless Steel Oval exhaust for the FZ6. At least, that's what they told me for the price I paid - the cost for the other choices/finishes otherwise would have been more expensive because they would have to order from another distributor; they directed me to order from the states if the Round cylinders and other finishes was what I wanted.