Hot Bike Tech: Exhale Harder

With an MGS Custom Bikes True Dual exhaust

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MGS True Duals are supplied with almost everything you will need. Both header pipes come equipped with O2 ports, making the True Duals fit a wide range of bike years.

Words and Photos: Harley Camilleri

Exhaust systems are almost automatic by nature. In that we mean, installing a cooler sounding and better looking exhaust to your bike was probably the very first modification you added to your two-wheeled freedom machine after you plunked down your stack of greenbacks. It’s a necessity as far as we’re concerned, and this ’06 Road King was no different.

Harley-Davidson’s sort of dual exhaust just does not work to create real world power and torque. Replacing the MoCo’s original parts is the only way to create more power and better sound. The MGS Custom Bikes’ True Dual system delivers on all fronts with a good appearance, great power, and that awesome rumble we love to hear. Built from 16-gauge steel with a stepped header design, the MGS True Duals come complete with hardware, full coverage heat shields, and 4-inch mufflers capped by billet tips.

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We pulled both saddlebags, dropped the right side footboard, and got to work pulling the original exhaust off the Road King.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

Since our King was a 2006, it did not use O2 sensors. Part of MGS’ included hardware was these block off inserts.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

As is normal with exhaust systems, we had to remove the header flanges from the original pipes and swap them to the True Duals.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

Three different transmission mounts were included to coincide with your bike’s year of manufacture. Oddly, the ’07 and newer mount worked best, even though our bike was one model year earlier.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

All prep work completed, we slipped the right side header into place first.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

The left side pipe slid into place just as easy.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

We chose to offset both of the chrome 4-inch mufflers with laser-etched, black billet tips.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

mgs custom exhaust

Full length heat shields were held in place by worm-drive clamps, and will reward our Road King with good looks for years to come.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress

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The chrome and black combination lent a nice contrast, while the MGS True Dual system gave us that deep tone we were searching for.

Words and Photos: Joe Kress