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Hi everyone. New to the forum and wanted to ask a question. I have a 2011 Suzuki Boulevard C50. I wanted to change out the exhaust pipes with something louder and more power. Any one have recommendations? Is it easy to do yourself? Do I need anything else when doing it? Also where and what type should I go with? Best prices. Thanks
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Welcome to the site!

Since you have a '11 any set you get will hafta either have O2 sensor bungs or you will hafta use a go around to spoof the ECU that the OS sensor is working.
If you listen to those who tell you to damage your OEM pipes by cutting holes in the plates or bashing in internal baffles you still hafta deal w/ a catalyst.
style and sound is entirely up to you and and laws affecting you in your area.


Me I chose Vance & Hines Cruzers w/ SmartPatrz baffles. I like this set up.
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You can only compare sound in person and only with other Suzuki's. Computer sound bites wont do it. Pictures can be found in the Gallery. Everyone here is gonna tell you that the ones they have are the ones to by. I like the Cobra Drag pipes on mine. Why? Because they were on it when I bought it. Change to something else?? No! To what end?
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So I have to get pipes and some sensor thing? Is this something that can be installed by myself?
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So I have to get pipes and some sensor thing? Is this something that can be installed by myself?
If the pipe you choose happen to be made for your year and have the oxygen sensor bung you would just unbolt them and transfer them over.
Hanging new pipes isn't hard.
Rusted/stuck bolts would be the biggest headache.
Hard part would be using pipes that don't have a bung for the O2 sensor and working around it.

All this does require a modicum of mechanical ability, not a lot tho.
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Your bike probably has the O2 sensor installed in your OEM pipes. What you need is an aftermarket pipe for the C50 2011 bike that has a replacement hole for your sensor. Don't know if they have them on the market. If not you may have to figure some way to get the O2 sensor mounted in your new pipes. Without the sensor the 2011 FI system is unlikely to be providing a good fuel/Air ratio.

Louder Pipes is easy to come by. More power is often more elusive and often requires additional mods to FI and air intake. Everyone always claims more power with their pipes but the claims are often exaggerations.
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So I have to get pipes and some sensor thing? Is this something that can be installed by myself?
He's refering to O2 sensors, whch are part of the emissions system on the bike. Look to see if there are what look like spark plugs attached to your stock pipes, on the underside of each - just below the front cylinder for the front pipe and below the 'C50' emblem for the back pipe. You can't miss them. If you have these, you need to get pipes with the holes (bungs) to accept these - if they are not there, you are fine.

As far as fitment, I believe that pipes for an '09 should work for your bike. You won't gain any power with just pipes but you'll feel like it 'cause they're louder For power gains, you need a package of high flow air intake, fuel processor and pipes to get about a 10% power gain.

Get used to laying out money for mods - it's a fever that we all seem to get

Cavie's right - we're all gonna say our setup is the best. Typically, Vance and Hines will give a lower rumble where Cobra and HK will be louder with more of that BRAP sound.

Have fun and post pics of the results.
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Here's a good thread with info on the O2 sensors and where they are located.
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Hi everyone. New to the forum and wanted to ask a question. I have a 2011 Suzuki Boulevard C50. I wanted to change out the exhaust pipes with something louder and more power. Any one have recommendations? Is it easy to do yourself? Do I need anything else when doing it? Also where and what type should I go with? Best prices. Thanks
Loud is easy to come by. If that is all you want, drill out the backing plates and remove the baffles. That should be loud enough for you..

As for getting more power? There is a lot more to it than simply swapping the exhaust. In fact, if that is all you change, you will actually LOSE power, not gain it. If you are looking for more power, you are going to have to alter the intake (high flow air filter) add a new fuel processor (which you will have to do with an aftermarket exhaust anyway) and the exhaust (which you are thinking about). In all, you can expect to gain 3-4 hp over stock. If you pay for a dyno tune and get the new fuel processor mapped correctly, you can see as much as a 5-8 hp gain.

Nothing is going to make the C50 run like a bigger bike.
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Bully Package C50 2009+ - Bully FI Packages - GMan Industries, LTD.


Big Power mods often include FI, Air Intake and Aftermarket pipes. (Which for the 2011 model should include a bung hole for the O2 sensors)
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