Race Concepts Exhaust Review(Pulsar 220F)

Race Concepts , a relatively new name in the Hot Rodding community in India.

Headed by Joel Joseph , who provides real world performance mods for Indian Bikes within reach to the common person. All of the mods are vehicle specific and mostly all are plug and play.

I had been following his work for quite some time, and then my bike(Pulsar 220F) got it’s Exhaust damaged and i had the perfect excuse. I got myself one of these babies.

So, this is a full detailed review after 24,000 kms use-age of the Same. It’s a completely Un-Biased review.

I got hold of Joel’s email id and send him a mail. Reply was prompt and with all the required details was given.
Joel had promised me a 15% bump in power and a 5% increase in fuel efficiency. For me it was good enough and I took care of the finances .

Delivery was a bit of a problem, it took more than the promised time, Joel claimed he had some emergencies and was short on staff, it was quite understandable as he was doing most of the work himself and was getting a load of orders, but the delivery took much more than I expected. But through out the time, he was always quick to answer my queries and that was indeed a good thing.

Now lets get to the review.

Looks &  Product Finish

The exhaust is much smaller and very much lighter than the stock exhaust. The finish seems quite good , and personally I love the looks of this one, though many people who I have met feel it looks weird, but looks are a personal choice so it differs.
Now let me shed some light on the down side, the body is not Stainless Steel, so using it in area’s with more humidity or coastal areas will attract quite some rusting after a few months of use-age, personally I too have rusting issues on my exhaust, though it’s not that serious. The rusting issues can be taken care of by powder coating the exhaust, which shouldn’t cost more.  But, Joel has now come up with new batches which are Stainless Steel, so that part is taken care of, but it surely will cost more.

Stock look

Stock look

Race Concept(RC) exhaust

Race Concept(RC) exhaust

Fitting on the bike

As I mentioned earlier each of the products are custom build to fit the specific bike, so the exhaust is claimed to be a direct fit and a plug and play system, and sure enough, all that was needed was to swap it with the stock exhaust, the fitting point was perfect. No fine adjustments were needed while fitting. So we can get that the product was made specifically for the 220F.
A downside in this department, well it doesn’t exactly qualify as a downside, but the main stand stopper is useless in this case, the stopper was way off the position where it should be, but since it was welded onto the exhaust correcting it was not possible. But to my surprise, the main stand dint hit on the exhaust either, which was fair enough for me.

Note: The double stand stays at a higher position than when it was with the stock exhaust, as the stopper is not present here. I’m not sure if this problem is solved with the new gen exhausts.

Sound 

A very very big part of this review. I had listened to many video’s from users and sure enough never got the real feel of it no matter how good earphones I used. And I never had the chance to hear one in real life. So it was the first time I was going to hear it when I was getting it fitted on my bike.

And I  had removed the DB killer (more on that soon) so that I will hear the best sound of it the first time rather than the held back sound. The bike cranked up on the first try and Boy, was I blown away or what, this is when I was sure that I had spent the money on the right thing(at that time). The sound was just crazy, it had transformed the 220 completely, it din’t even sound remotely close to the stock and the sound quality was just so much better than the locally manufactured one’s.

Sound wise this product was really a great surprise, I never had expected this kinda sound. It is sure to made head’s turn and astonished looks(annoying one’s too at times). So in the sound department it’s a 5/5.

Now, the exhaust comes with a removable DB killer. Which is fixed onto the exhaust using 2 allen screws. It can be fixed or removed within 1 min, with the proper sized Allen-key.  The DB killer does reduce the sound by a considerable amount, sounds closer to stock, but with a more beefy sound and that too is a great sound. A point to note here is that, the allen keys if not tightened properly can fall off due to vibrations.
Also, the full performance of the exhaust is obtained only without the DB killer

DB killer

DB killer

Without DB killer

Without DB killer

With DB killer

With DB killer

Here is a video clip of the start up video i have uploaded, this is without the DB killer.

But this area too comes with it’s downside. All aftermarket exhausts use Glasswool/Fiber Glass to muffle the sound and these are heat resistant materials too. This exhaust had glasswool filled up in it, and glasswool gets used up , as the glasswool level gets depleted the sound changes, and you get a feel of vibration from the exhaust. The life of the glasswool completely depends on the use-age of the exhaust, if you rev the bike a lot and always in the higher revs , the wool gets used up fast, moderate use-age should keep it lasting for longer. If it is any better to hear, the refill won’t be heavy on the pocket, it is an easily available product , from refrigeration shops and refilling doesn’t take much time too.

The newer gen exhausts comes with Fiber glass , which is loads better than the glasswool , better lasting and better sound insulation too. So this part has also been taken care of by Joel.

Performance

This is the most important part, the one that really matters for enthusiasts.Partly the reason why i’m writing this review after some 23-24k kms use-age, so the review can be considered relevant.

Building a exhaust is not child’s play. These are numerous calculations to do and a lot of testing to be done to hit the perfect working for a particular model of vehicle. Many factors such as back pressure of gas, tube length, header pipe length, end can length and pipe diameter and what not. And certainly Joel has done his homework on this part.  As per Joel, he had promised 15% bump in power and a 5% increase in fuel efficiency.

Sounds a bit too good right ? The general taboo here that using a FFE gives the FE for a toss, that is the case with the locally made canisters, where the pipe lengths are not properly maintained .

Coming to the RC exhaust, every single word of what Joel claimed is true. It gives a big boost in performance and amazingly enough i get better fuel efficiency than other bikes.

The exhaust does what any Free Flow exhaust should do, the bike breathes out very freely, the revs climb up so fast. First time riding , it was a bit tough to handle, a small twist of the throttle makes the bike jump forward, it’s quite overwhelming at first, then you get a hang of it.  Though many argue, the use-age torque is lost as t climbs the rev range so fast, but i differ here, the sweet spot of the 220 is after 6k rpm, to put in precisely at 7k to 9k , using it accordingly will help in tapping out the real full potential of the otherwise stock bike. It is to be noted that , the exhaust alone does not increase the top end, but just helps in getting there better, the acceleration is crazy enough(the stock 220 does has a crazy acceleration on itself, this makes it even madder) . The bike does not knock in lower rpm in higher gears,  it can pick up without any hiccups from speeds of 29-30 kmph in the 5th cog, which is not possible on the stock exhaust setup.

Accessing the difference with the stock.

The low end torque was increased, knocking issues were no longer present, it would easily pick up from low speeds at higher gears without knocking. The mid range is the sweet spot on the 220, post 6k rpm, the power surge is addictive on the stock ride, it gets even crazier with the exhaust,the bike used to be sluggish closer to the redline, but now it revs up easily, which is kinda obvious.

I have recorded over 52 kmpl consistently under mixed riding conditions of 60% highway and 40% city, where the city area was filled with numerous gear shifts.This is more than even stock 220 users.

Note :  The figures are with a properly maintained bike, proper tire pressure, proper chain slack, clean air filter.

RC exhaust

RC exhaust

Needless to say, it is a great product, but before investing in such aftermarket parts, one must be very clear on some point.

Aftermarket performance parts always puts more pressure and increased wear and tear on internal engine components or the moving parts to be exact. The stock parts are designed to take the abuse of the stock parts complementing it, when we swap these with performance parts, it definitely makes the other parts work over time to match its working range, which obviously points towards faster wear and tear, or the only solution is to get the concerned parts changed too.

This is a free flowing exhaust, helps in free revving, so naturally the bike breathes out better, at the same time one must consider the fact that using such equipment puts stress on the rotating parts in the engine mostly, the valves, rockers and cams. The stock parts are designed to take the abuse that the stock exhaust hand out, with a free revving exhaust these parts work over time, so early wear and tear of such parts are part of this game. A free flow will put more pressure on the valves , in turn on the rockers and by default on the cams too. And with the free flow  means more frequent gear shifts, so increased wear to the transmission is also possible(not in a extreme manner, but it can be considered as premature wear). So please be educated on these facts before you invest on aftermarket parts.

The wear caused cannot be said to be a drastic effect, it reduces the life of the parts by a small margin, so you might require to change a few parts sooner than on a complete stock bike.

Though these parts are very much reliable and have not failed me in all these kms of use-age , it can never provide the stock reliability, the stock parts are perfected over hours and hours of R&D , with long life as the main factor, while aftermarket parts like these are designed with extreme performance in mind. This must be perfectly understood before hot rodding a bike.

The reason I mentioned this here is because a lot of people are un-educated on this front and end up with worn out parts and the blame goes to the aftermarket parts. I was completely aware of this fact and I went forward with the purchase of this product, so mine was an informed purchase.

Summery

So to conclude the performance part. The product is a complete bang for the buck in terms of sound, performance, every word promised by the manufacturer is kept up in terms of performance. Though, a little room of improvement was there for the quality of the materials used to build up the product and the glasswool issue. All of which has been taken care of in the newer gen exhausts.

So a well informed ,educated purchase of these parts will newer let performance hungry guys down.

So here I am concluding the long term review of the exhaust, Anyone with any queries can leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you soon.

P.S : If you are unable to find reviews for a particular product , and wish to get a review,of the same.
Then do write to us at : wheelsnshields@gmail.com , and we will respond to you and try to arrange a full blown review of the same.

Cheers

Ride Safe

Krishna
Wheels’N’Shields

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158 responses to “Race Concepts Exhaust Review(Pulsar 220F)

    • is it really worth for the Performance tune up in a Pulsar?…because the Performance in Bajaj engine degrades so quickly, i guess u can do it in a Yamaha or a Honda for a better and long term result .

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      • My pulsar is now over 65,000kms within a short span of 3 years. Out of which I ran almost 30,000kms with the RC exhaust and the performance hasn’t degraded. Just plonking on aftermarket stuff will only give a short life. When going into hot-rodding you must be aware of all the aspect and risk of it. Go for the correct tune and the necessary upgrades while thinking before plonking something. For that , you need proper advice, and for that you must go to a professional who knows what he is doing. Check out this blog yuo will find my review of pulsar 220F after using it for 60,000kms. Might answer your question about if pulsars can last that long without any loss in performance.

        Cheers
        Ride Safe
        Krishna

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        • thankz alot for ur review……am interested in rc exhuast…i own a pulsar 220…will u mail me the overall cost ?

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    • Yes, it is very much easily available. I do not remember the size of the allen key, i incidetly just had the right size lying around at my home. A whole set of allen keys should cost you less than Rs200/- so its quite cheap.

      Cheers mate
      Ride Safe

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  1. A good and genuine review btw…or should i say a 916 marked review.. ;).As mentioned in xbhp before..i have gone with big bore kit,big carb and an ffe,a few days back,still in running period.Will churn out some miles and then even i am thinking to post a review.Anyways have fun with the beast. 🙂

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    • Haha..Thanks mate..!! Wow, it’s great that you went for the kit. Din’t you get the racing clutch springs as well ? That too and you would have a completely souped up ride..!!! Finish the run-in period fast and post the review. Dont forget to put up a link for me. Would love to read it, i’m considering the full kit myself.

      Cheers Mate
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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      • Dear Krishna,
        Thank you for the neutral and proficient review of Joel’s FFE. I’ve already got the big bore kit,had the head ported,upjetted the carb, got the free flow air filter and now waiting for the FFE for a little over 45 days(post payment of course). Met Joel and had a discussion about what and what NOT to put in the bike. Racing clutch springs and valve springs were in my list too but Joel discouraged me from buying them. He clearly said that with the big bore kit and ported head,the valves even with stock springs can easily handle the extra stress and stiffer springs aren’t really needed. Ditto for the clutch springs, as he clarified that it’s a real necessity for racing/stunting purposes(at a professional level) and not for a bike intended for street use. He also pointed out that the clutch springs will make a the clutch a lot harder than the stock one, hence a considerable effort in stop-&-go traffic. Instead, he suggested that the new CDI and the racing camshaft for the 220 be used for a “massive” power gain,especially at higher RPM’s(read:6000+). So then, those two are the next items and hopefully the final items on my 220 upgrade list, and should set me back by around 8-9k (both cam and CDi unit).Hope this helps:)

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  2. idu tanne korchu over alle.. 😛 My parents would have kicked me out from the house,if i would have asked for more..he he..yeah sure man,will ping you once am ready to put a post..!!! 🙂

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    • When it comes to BHP and Hot Rodding….more is never enough..!!!!

      I have already decided to get the remaining kit. Probably will test with the new SS exhaust too…!! A complete makeover is in order a few months down the line.!!

      Like I said, More is never enough..!!!

      Cheers Mate
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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    • Absolutely no mods done to fueling, i’m running on stock jets, the tuning is a bit on the leaner side, but not too lean to cause over ehating, i’m using a 15w40 grade mineral oil and the bike doesnt overheat even after one hour of contineous riding, so i guess you get the idea, its lean, but not super lean.
      And moreover, mileage also counts on numberous other factors, like i had mentioned, clean air filter,chain slackness, tire air pressure and stuff like that.
      I’m able to record a consistent mileage of 50+ in most daily commutes.

      Do let me know if you need some help with that issue.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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  3. any changes with needle positioning? coz on my joeled p200 i never get more then 35-36kmpl this is after 50% hard riding 50% sane riding i am on stock filter and needle positioning at #3 even in sane riding i never reached 40kmpl a 400km trip and crusing speeds were 100 below (and the occasional 125-130) saw a figure 31kmpl

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    • Like i said,it’s mostly got to do with the carb AFR mixture. Do a spark plug chop test or just remove the plugs and check the color on the tip. If its brownish, it means your running a perfect mixture, if its whitish residue, means you are running lean. I’m running a moderately lean setup. A leaner setup drops the performance a wee bit, but fine tune it until you stike a balance. There is a trade off between efficiency and performance, it’s a tough game to stick the optimum balance.

      Then some other tips are, avoid unnecessory gear changes, make use of the low end torque the ffe provied to avoid downshifts, then brake lesser, use engine braking more all will translate to better fuel efficiency.

      And no, i haven’t played with the needle positioning, it’s all stock.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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      • the reason your getting so high fuel efficiency is your playing on stock carb and filter..while me on my bs29 carb have changed fueling so i get 35-36kmpl seems good enough for me then!

        thanks for letting me knowas joel never available for these kind of queries!

        suggestion: if you want more acceleration change the needle point to experience crazyness 😉

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        • Oh, mine is a bigger carb, the 220 has 32mm carb IIRC, so the fuelling on both our bikes are different, i was under the assumption your was a 220 too.
          And i’m ok with the current accelaration, have considered that for future mods, but then i might get the Semi flat racing carb, so that takes care about it.

          Cheers mate
          Ride Safe
          Krishna

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    • Thank mate, it was indeed a good interaction. The change in carb and filter will surely see a significant increase in the efficiency.
      And ill surely read your review on the big bore, i’m planning to get one myself.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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  4. hi bro.
    i have a P220 f with a k&n air filter installed on it and i’m looking forward to get a free flow exhaust from joel.
    i was wondering if u could tell me about sumthings else which can increase the performance of my bike even further..

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    • Yes, A bigger bore, head work and a racing carb can give more punch and power for your ride. Though i have no first hand experince on these mods.

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  5. bro, thank you very much for this review.. i was planning to get a RC FFE for my P220. i was in a double minded state and was very much confused about choosing the right FFE for my ride. this review helped me very well 🙂 n i will be getting a new race concepts FFE soon.. 😀

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    • Thanks, glad that it was of use for you. Get the new Stainless steel version, miht take some time , but it’ll definetly be worth it.

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  6. nice review brother!! I have a 2 year pulsar 180 ug4, can i also go for it?? Can you please mail me the price and payment methods??
    Waiting for your reply

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  7. hey bro awesome review !!!!!!!! just wanted to knw how much does it cost and whether its is available in mumbai……. Since i reside der. And is it suitable for my pulsar220f which is 7 months old.

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    • Thanks mate.
      Please consult with joel regarding cost, there has been a refreshed series for the exhaust with Stainless steel casing and fiberglass filling so the cost has gone up. And you can get it couriered to your address by joel. Yes, , you have read the review for 220F, so it’s obvious.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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  8. Nice Review man…Absolutely love those “roars”

    Can you quote me the exact price of the kit with fitting cost?

    i am having a very stock 220 SF with only 8k clocks and its around 10 Month old, what changes i might see if i use this kit.?

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    • Wouldn’t be right for me to quote the prices, please contact joel for the same, the new Stainless steel version are a tad more costlier, for obvious reasons.
      Well, I wasn’t charged anything for fitting, got it done from my area svc. They did it free for me.
      Well, it’s basically just a plug and play product, so no changes are to be made. But naturally when fitting a free flow exhaust it is said that the tuning goes a little lean as compared to the tune for the stock exhaust, so a slightly richer mixture will solve that problem. Also complimenting it with a free flow air filter would be the best thing, but that means frequent cleaning of filter and a very loud bike. Besides, the free flow filter is an optional part if you ask me.
      But do get the tuning to a slightly richer mixture(if your stock tune is lean or optimal that is, if it is rich by default, then it’ll compensate for that).

      Do post if you need more help.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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    • Hi Suraj.
      Yes, You can go for it if you are interested. Just be sure to do upjetting of the carb jets when you get it fitted and re-tune it properly to the optimum mixture.
      The cost has gone up so I am not sure of the correct rates. Please contact joel for the cost.

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  10. i know its rather stupid to ask but i wanted to enquire about th db killer…does it come hand in hand with the exhaust bought from joel or should be bought separately?

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  11. Great one… Can u tell me where I get it n how much it costs? N how cn I contact Mr.joel for ths product detail??? Plz email me…thanxxx krishna 🙂

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        • Not sure if RC has products for stunner. Please contact joel for the same. Each product is custom built for that particular bike model, so the exhaust of a 220 won’t be suitable for the stunner.

          Cheers
          Ride Safe
          krishna

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  13. Hi Krishna,
    Reviews are really informative. M planning to do an engine overhauling so wanted to know how much a engine decarbonising will cost and also some kind of humming noise comes from the engine during low revs. Would like to know if changing the rocker arm and timing chain would solve this …Pls inbox me..

    Thanks

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  14. hi. i’m frm trivandrum .i want this rc exhaust for my pulsar 220.i want to know abt the price nd the place to buy.so plz give the details.

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    • All of the details have been shared in the review.
      To get it contact joel, price and all will be disclosed from him.

      Do know that the RC reputation is not so good now a days in parts quality and in time delivery. So please jump into this after giving it proper thought.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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  15. “There has been a production delay. A new batch is being made. Will be ready only by 20th jan. a better version than what you were supposed to get”
    ^^ i received this text from joel yesterday..hoping that I’ll get the ffe by the end of this month..

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  16. Awsome review..please kindly tell me shud i do headwork after installing the ffe?n it will be very kind of u if u explain what is actually the Headwork and what does it include??i really dnt knw much abt it..please help

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    • A head work is not necessary, but if you are going for a ffe , the carb needs to be rejetted, that means getting bigger pilot and main jets in the carb.
      Now coming to head-work, mainly they modify the inlet and outlet valves sizes and geometry are altered and bigger valves are accommodated , all in tandem with the size of the bore and all.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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      • thank u so much mate… but please tell me is it necessary to rejet if i go for the ffe? wat will the consequence if i dont rejet after plugging the ffe? my bike is 7months old and has knocked only 4k kms.. is it too early to go fr the ffe??please help

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  17. Thanx mate.. but please tell me is it necessary to go for the rejetting if i am goin for the ffe? what will be the consequence if i dont rejet.?

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    • Yes , it is necessory, if you do not then the bike will run very lean in air – fuel mixture and the bike will over heat a lot and will lead to pre mature wear and tear of the engine internals, which will bring a lot of financial loss and might even cause the engine to seize.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe

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      • thank u very much dude.. so in that case i guess my Fe will go for a toss and i will get a low Fe isnt it??n it will be very kind of u if u mention the correct jet sizes i should go with and their companies..thanx

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    • The exhaust can be ordered from race concepts website or calling them up. I have mentioned the detauls in it.

      Please note that there are risks involved as explained in the review and do take decesion with full understanding

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      • @Krishna. Bro just a personal question if u dont mind.i guess you are runing on your stock jets.it did not hamper your engine?

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        • Yes. I was running on stock jets..i used the ffe for 30k kms…and i learned abt it the hard way. I had premature clutch wear and tear and oil blow by issues on long term usage without rejetting as the bike was running very lean with the ffe.

          Cheers
          Ride safe

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  18. Okay.Thank you very much. I will be ordering the ffe by the end of this week. And by saying ‘risks involved’ i hope you did not mean risk regarding financial matters are involved?!

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    • I would advice you do a little more research about Race concepts. Lately they have been getting a lot of negative feedback, in terms of quality and delivery time.
      I have explained to you the technical side of things, rest all depends on luck. So do a little more research and then move ahead.

      Cheers

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  19. Hey bro..thankz for d review.!! I would like to go for rc freeflow exhaust. But my 220 is fi engine..! So does it make any dffrnce frm carbratr engine.? And one more thing wat updation we need to do in engine while fitting free flow.?

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    • A free flow exhaust requires a different fuel mapping from the stock bike, in carb version it would be easier as the jet sizes are available for doing so, in the Fi engine , the ecu must be remapped which can be a tough task considering the outdated model and less support available for the bike.
      So my advice would be not to change to the FFE

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  20. can u plzzz tell me,frm where cn I order this exhaust coz here in my city, I m only able to find local nd cheap exhaust which dnt fit easily nd cause a vry little effect in performance… plzzz leave me a reply at my email address

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