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I recently received an RPW Thor V-868 for my 2016 Vegas.

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The V-868 is the "No frame cut" version, as compared to the V-870 which requires cutting of the right lower frame extension. You should be able to see the muffler offset, allowing it to clear the frame.

A snap of the fingers, and... *Poof*.

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For those of us without the magic fingers, a little work is involved. I won't go into the actual installation as that's covered in the kit instructions. What follows is a few tidbits that may help with installation. May be helpful with other exhaust installs...
 
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Removing the stock exhaust can be done without separating the front headpipe. Loosening its clamp allows for some twisting and loosening to get it outta there.

The stock exhaust weighs (*grunt*) 36 lbs!
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The RPW Thor V-868 weighs in at 14 lbs.
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A welcome 22 lb weight reduction...
 
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One thing to check is the fitment of the exhaust clamps to the headpipe flange.

I found weld blobs that prevented full and flat seating of the clamps.
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Some Dremel dressing work with a thin/flat cutoff disc, got the flange backsides flat.
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Heat shield clamps.

The kit comes with stainless steel hose clamps for the heat shields.
A bit long, I don't like having protruding, dangling ends.
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The ends can be trimmed down a bit.
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Being shorter helps with installing the heat shields on the pipes, since you don't have to bend/flex the clamps so much to get them on and started.

Much better.
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The clamps should be hidden, yet accessible for future tightening.
I used this arrangement of the clamps.
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Arrows pointing to the screw heads.

Leave the clamps a little loose, to allow adjusting/shifting the heatshields after exhaust installation...
 
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An old-dog, new-tricks thing.
Wish we had this stuff 50 years ago.

A couple coats of VHT Hi-Temp sprayed *into* the headpipes helps to prevent, or reduce, heat bluing of the chrome.
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The instructions talk about loosening and rotating the right footpeg mount to gain clearance for the installation.

I have the 2" extensions, not sure if it makes a difference.

It's only 2 bolts, much easier to just remove the whole thing.
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The left footpeg mount also has to be removed to gain the clearance necessary to work the oil cooler out of the way.
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I also experienced clearance issues with the clutch cable, had to unbolt/loosen the thing and pull it rearward to clear the rear headpipe...
 
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The area behind the speedo sensor was a jumbled mess of wiring. A lotta things want to co-exist there at the same time and place, making installation of the rear O2 sensor difficult. After the rear headpipe is off, disconnect the speedo sensor, re-route and tidy the area, try to get everything further back and out of the way...
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Exhaust gaskets.

There's many postings in here about recommended exhaust gaskets.
I found a Honda (Vesrah) crush gasket that should be a good fit.

So, here's some Victory exhaust gasket options and their dimensions.

-- ID -------------------- OD ----------------- Thickness
1.713" (43.5mm) - 2.085" (53.0mm) - 0.122" (3.1mm) -- Polaris 5246008 (used/crushed)
1.735" (44.1mm) - 2.070" (52.6mm) - 0.123" (3.1mm) -- Lloydz HOH-100 (square mesh)
1.740" (44.4mm) - 2.064" (52.4mm) - 0.162" (4.1mm) -- Vesrah VE-1012 (Honda 18291-MM8-880)
1.691" (43.0mm) - 2.005" (50.9mm) - 0.150" (3.8mm) -- Fel-Pro 60569

And, a couple of Harley gaskets for reference.
1.625" (41.0mm) - 1.875" (48.0mm) - ????? ????? -- Harley 65324-83
1.750" (45.0mm) - 2.000" (50.8mm) - ????? ????? -- Harley 68534-68A (66-85 Shovelhead)

Header flange dimensions.
--- ID ------------------- OD
1.750" (44.5mm) - 2.055" (52.2mm) -- 2016 Victory Vegas (OEM)
1.620" (41.1mm) - 2.000" (50.8mm) -- RPW Thor

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I chose to use the Honda (Vesrah) o-ring type of crush gasket. It's thicker, giving a greater crush region, which is better at accommodating uneven, non-squared, fitments...
 

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After the pipes are (*grunt*) installed, the oil cooler is refitted.
Watch for interference with the front headpipe's heatshield clamp, twist outta the way as necessary...
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For this kit, the threaded extension of the swingarm bolt is no longer used.
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I suppose it could just be sawed off.
I turned an aluminum cover for the thing...
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Another view, also showing the muffler offset to clear the frame...
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And, to go with the new exhaust, A K&N filter kit.
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How 'bout a little bling for the filter covers...
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Now for some tuning sessions.
I'm using a TechoResearch Maximus, in mobile dyno mode.
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After the first run, let everything cool off and retighten the head clamps and heatshield clamps...

****** End of Report ******

Anybody else have any tips, tricks, trivia, please feel free to add them in here...
 

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