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Home > Motorcycle Parts Reviews > Motorcycle Exhaust

Santee Y Pipes - Can You Hear Me Now?

By Jason Van Wyhe

Load pipes save lives, and few are louder than the Santee Y pipes.

If you're look for pipes with heat sheilds, double walls, high-performance tuning, and relatively boring, THESE ARE NOT THE PIPES FOR YOU. If you want something that will annoy your neighbors, set off car alarms, scare little children, and generally look cool as hell, than THESE ARE YOUR PIPES.

The only real drawback is that it comes with the older style cap mount - you can't use an aircraft cap or screw in. But other than that, it's a slick little tank that's worth a look at.

The LAF Santee Y Pipes are one of the few remaining styles left in the Santee "Designer" series from earlier in the decade. They are about as minimalist of a drag pipe as you can get without running your exhaust right off the heads. They are very inexpensive, coming in at around $190 at most places. The quality is average - decent construction and chrome. They are available in 1-3/4" and 2" versions, and you can get them for all softails and shovelheads. You read right, shovelheads. Not too many cool pipes out there for shovels that are this cheap.

Now for the drawbacks. First of all, these pipes are a drop in performance over just about any pipe because they are so short, so if performance is your goal, stay away. Second, they are not step-tuned, not even on the 2" version. So you will have trouble tuning these in on some bikes. Finally, you cannot put baffles in. Not a problem if you want the bark, but it is if you get pulled over too much or have tuning issues.

So if you want performance, find something else. If you want to be heard, this are a great choice.


Santee (Custom Chrome)
Custom Chrome
18225 Serene Drive Suite # 150
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Phone: (408) 778-0500
Fax: (408) 782-6603




Softail and Shovelheads


  • Inexpensive
  • Wicked Cool
  • Loud

  • CONS:

  • Performance issues


  • Custom Chrome dealers


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