A 2-into-1 exhaust is great when it comes to performance enhancements amongst Harley Touring model riders. It’s just physics, people! With that said, D&D Performance in Fort Worth, Texas, has the formula for making stock exhaust pipes run away kicking and screaming thanks to its vast line of aftermarket exhaust pipes, most notably, the Harley Touring Fat Cat 2-into-1 exhaust.
Made for ’95–’14 Harley-Davidson Touring models (this specific P/N 502-32 fits ’07–’08 Touring models), the Fat Cat 2-1 is available in chrome or black and features a stepped header system, which starts at 1-5/8 inch at the heads, then to 1-3/4 inch, to 1-7/8 inch at the collector, until finally stepped at 2-1/2 inches where the header meets the muffler. Because of the intricacies in the stepped design, it’s what’s made the D&D Fat Cat 2-1 a mainstay for Harley baggers and cruisers. The mufflers come available in three different cuts: Straight Cut, Slant Cut, and Back Cut. D&D also knows the popularity of stretched saddlebags and offers longer mufflers for those of you who are into making mods to your bikes (basically, all of you!), and because of this, D&D offers its mufflers in a custom-fit-to-your-specs application if you so desire. You’ll need to do some measuring, but the boys at D&D are just a phone call away and really help make the process of custom ordering very easy.
For cosmetic effect, a lot of guys like the look of true duals but want the added performance of a 2-into-1 exhaust. Well, the folks at D&D offer a Ghost exhaust pipe, which basically acts like a dummy pipe that mounts to the back of the transmission, and bolts up to the left side just like a regular old muffler would. We opted for one of those, too, since our rider fits the aforementioned criteria of liking his cake and eating it, too.
The bike was already outfitted with a high-flow air cleaner so we opted for a TTS MasterTune fuel tuner to get all the performance ducks lined up in a row. We had our ace mechanic Josh Rundlett handle the installation duties while we snapped pics of his handiwork.