Friday, May 25, 2012

Upgrades; Stacks, Pods & Pipes

My WaspWorks PUK has arrived. I also scored some Termi slip on mufflers so things are about to seriously improve on several levels.
Trying to work out which way to go with power upgrades and pipe installs is a big decision not to be taken lightly. After much deliberation and quite a few discussions with fellow Hyper fans, most notably my new bestie Big Steve about the pipe situation, I took the plunge and ordered the WaspWorks Hyper PUK adamant that I wouldn't worry about pipes for now. Check out the size of the K&N filters.

 

 Then, as luck would have it, a set of Termi slip-ons come my way via the amazing internets, and I couldn't resist.

 

 The WaspWorks PUK will give me that power boost I'm looking for plus the throaty induction roar that I crave, and the Termi slip-ons will give it that Ducati note that I'm looking for. I've spent endless hours tossing up the idea of going with a Mivv Suono (a single side slip on), or the full single side Termi race system, but as I live in a pretty built up residential area I didn't really want to go the loudest option. I'd like the note but not particularly the hassle of the noise and EPA fines. And I just didn't want to fork out $2600+ for the Termi complete kit because I don't need half of it. In Australia your bloody neighbour can report you to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for being too loud, and basically, once you get your slip, you need to put everything back to standard, pop down to a tester and pay a fee to get it passed, then put everything back to pre-slip state and hope it doesn't happen again. It's all part of the learning curve I have been on as a motorcyclist living with Australian laws. Ridiculous. Anyway, the slip-ons are 'homologated' meaning safe for road use and hopefully won't upset the sensitive EPA or hoi polloi too much. Changing anything on a Ducati is a process of learning and understanding what needs to be done to achieve your vision of 'just right'. As Steve points out in his guest blog, changing your pipe often means flashing your ECU. This was really bugging me because that just sounds like a hassle I'm not up for. What I found out through all of this though, is that the 2012 EVO SP has a Siemens ECU and this is more flexible than those on earlier models fitted with a Mancini (?) ECU. In english that means no reflash needed. The guys over at WaspWorks and Bunbury Ducati are a couple of dudes who have spent way to many hours on the Dyno sorting this crap out so we don't have to. The WaspWorks PUK is a complete plug-and-play kit, including a custom tune on the PC5 for your setup. In my case the custom map with the PUK and the pipes is all you need to do. Choice.
 



 I simply told them what I was doing - stock 2012 1100 EVO SP bike, Termi slip-ons and they ship the PC5 with a  pre-installed map - only job left is installation. Alas, being mechanically retarded I am trusting this work to a mechanic this coming weekend, and I can barely keep my shit together waiting for it to come back a 100bhp maniac weighing in at just over 165kg. Should be a total tard to ride. If you are interested in the WaspWorks kit, hit Greg up over at their website, or speak with Wayne & Todd Patterson at Bunbury Ducati both of them cool dudes to deal with. I'm expecting the whole performance of the bike to increase dramatically. Not just in extra horses, but a lot smoother power delivery. I'm hoping the whole clunky jerky down low take off thing is smoothed out as much as the whallop increase in mid range and top end. Stay tuned naked fans. It's gonna be a helluva ride.
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