Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhausts – A Short Review

Vance & Hines Shortshots Staggered Exhausts – A Short Review

Understated looks; bold performance, the new Vance & Hines shortshots staggered exhaust systems takes style and quality into a brave new world.

So states the advertising blurb for these rather attractive looking after market exhausts. V & H have a good reputation for turning out good after-market systems, so it’s worth while taking a closer look.

  • 220 degrees coverage heat shields
  • Signature chrome badge and end treatment for a sleek contrast style
  • Best value complete exhaust system
  • Welded-in ports for factory Oxygen sensors
  • Louvered core baffles standard, optional quiet baffles available V21301
  • Baffles, mounting hardware, and instructions are included for a hassle-free, perfect fit every time
  • Made in the USA

Available in either chrome or black, Shortshots Staggered deliver a quality full system for less than you would pay for most slip-ons. With 1-3/4” head pipes stepped to 2-1/8” muffler bodies and 2-1/2” 220° coverage heat shields, dollar for dollar, this is an unbeatable system. Optional quiet baffles available for a throaty exhaust note and reduction of 3-5dB in the sound level.



At the moment you can pick one up from the following big online store.


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$359.95 – $459.95 $323.95 – $413.95 –

Cycle Gear Direct


And what’s more, you’ll get

  • free ground shipping,
  • no hassle returns, and
  • price match guarantee on some orders :-)
  • Signature Twin Slash End Treatment
  • Full Coverage Heat Shields
  • Available in Chrome or Matte Black Finish
  • Optional Quiet Baffle Available
  • Includes 18mm Oxygen Sensor Ports



From the feedback from quite a number of people who’ve bought this system on-line; it is quite easy to fit.  Some buyers complained that it was harder to get the existing or factory system off than it was to fit the new V&H pipes.


Let’s be honest, we all love a great exhaust note; and these pipes have that in abundance.  A deep, throaty note straight out of the box.  If you do need to tone it down a few dBs because your local law enforcement officer didn’t appreciate the full, beefy note; baffles are available and they aren’t that costly. You’re looking at around $36.00.


These are beautifully finished pipes.  They look as good as they sound.

Value for Money:

For what you get, they are pretty keenly priced.



Some buyers saw ‘blueing’ a short time after installation.  It doesn’t appear to be across the board, but instances of it have been reported.

Engine Performance:

Most buyers have noticed an improvement in engine performance; as the crazy laws these days see bikes muffled right down.  This legal requirement saps engine power. The performance increase isn’t necessarily true for ever motorcycle though.  Add in a high flow air filter and sometimes the bike can run lean; and be prone to flat spots.

My own experience with fitting after market pipes to an XV1900 required a Power Commander III added.  The PCIII smoothed it out like a dream.  So keep this in the back of your mind if the pipes appear to change the power response of the motorcycle.  You may be up for a PCIII plus some time at the local dyno shop.

Fits the Following Motorcycles:


  • Pretty much the entire range of recent H-D motorcycles (Fat Bob, Street Bob, Super Glide/Wide Glide, Fat Boy, Heritage Softail, Sportster).
  • Earlier models will need to be checked on an individual basis.

Note: Pre 07 Sportster, FXST, and FLST models will require 02 sensor port plug kit (sold separately).


  • VT750C2A Shadow Phantom (2010 – 2012); VT750C2 Shadow Spirit (2007 – 2009); VT750C Shadow Aero (2004 – 2009)


  • XV1600A Road Star (1999–2007); XV1600AS Road Star Midnight (1999–2007); XV1600AT Road Star Silverado (1999–2007)
  • XV1700AM Road Star Midnight (1999–2007); XV1700A Road Star (1999–2007); XV1700AS Road Star S (1999–2007)
  • XV1700ATM Road Star Midnight Silverado (1999–2007); XV1700AT Road Star Silverado (1999–2007); XV1700ATS Road Star Silverado S (1999–2007)
  • XVS650AT V Star Silverado (2004–2005); XVS650A V Star Classic (2004–2005); XVS650 V Star Custom (2004–2005)


Taking into account ease of fitting, finish, durability and value for money they look good.  I’d rate them 4.5 out of 5.

Best Price

At the time of writing this review, you can pick these up anywhere from $315 to $415 (depending on what bike they are being fitted to).

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