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Vance & Hines Straightshots Original Exhaust

J&P Cycles Part Number: 451-038

Manufacturer Part Number: 17821

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Important Fitment Note

2004-06 models require 443-405 O2 Sensor Plug Kit for installation.


Description for Vance & Hines Straightshots Original Exhaust

• Show quality chrome

• 2-1/2″ diameter plasma arc cut full coverage heat shields

• Baffles, hardware and instructions included

• 2004-06 models require purchase of 443-405, Sensor Plug Kit, sold separately

Product Specs

Product Specs for Vance & Hines Straightshots Original Exhaust

End Cap Or Tip Style:
Straight Cut
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O2 Sensor Plugs:
Not Included
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Fitment Note:

2004-06 models require 443-405 O2 Sensor Plug Kit for installation.

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Compatible Models

Harley-Davidson® Models

  • Sportster 1200 50th Anniversary XL50 : 2007
  • Sportster 1200 Custom Anniversary XL1200C : 2013
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200C : 2005–2013
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200CA : 2013
  • Sportster 1200 Custom XL1200CP : 2012
  • Sportster 1200 Forty-Eight XL1200X : 2010–2013
  • Sportster 1200 Low XL1200L : 2006–2011
  • Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N : 2007–2012
  • Sportster 1200 Roadster XL1200R : 2004–2009
  • Sportster 1200 Seventy-Two XL1200V : 2012–2013
  • Sportster 883 Custom XL883C : 2004–2010
  • Sportster 883 Iron XL883N : 2009–2013
  • Sportster 883 Low XL883L : 2005–2010
  • Sportster 883 Roadster XL883R : 2005–2012
  • Sportster 883 Standard XL883 : 2004–2009
  • Sportster 883 SuperLow XL883L : 2011–2013
Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews for Vance & Hines Straightshots Original Exhaust

Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (based on 41 reviews)

5 stars (35)

4 stars (4)

3 stars (2)

2 stars (0)

1 star (0)

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Awesome pipes. Easily installed, look and sound great. Fast delivery!


good thundering sound from the bike great business deal better then the dealer here


Great price, fast shipping. Just what I needed for my bike. Great sound and performance!


Looks Great and was easy to install


I like them a lot. What a big difference they make.


they look and sound GREAT. They have a good rumble so you can be heard but not so loud that the cops will stop you.


Just what I needed, the look, the sound, the chrome (It's part of the look, I know, but worth mentioning.) Fit my '01 XLH with forward controls like a glove and it finally has that HD sound.


Good quality, instructions for install easy to follow. These pipes look great and soung great


The pipes were easy to install, the instructions were accurate, so far, the pipes have shown an increase in performance & fuel mileage.


I love the classic look and sound of these exhaust pipes. I've used V&H on most of my past bikes and I love em. The quality of the chroming on the heat shields is superb, I also like the way they redesigned the straightshots. I'm happy with the pipes, as well as J&P cycles for their outstanding customer service.


The pipes look and sound awesome. Super fast shipping. Thanks


Love these pipes.. easy install. sound great, look great!!!!


perfect was the loudnest I wanted sounds almost like drag pipes


Just installed a set of VH Staggered Straight Shots on my 2011 Softail Blackling FXS 96 CI. Instructions r vague. But i familiar with parts provided n tools required it makes sense. Awesome install. Sounds terrific. No ride yet. Too cold and waiting on hi flow intakefrom JP and install of my VH Fuel Pack FP3. Will advise. JP tech support was responsive with torque values for header flanges. Looks terrific. Great sale n service. Thanks.


great exhaust good sound more power not bad to put on


i am very happy with the quality of these pipes. they really sound good like a harley should. the installation was easy and they fit perfect. the chrome looks real nice. as usual the shipping time was what i expected


Well packed! Installed easily, but the removal of old system and prep work took more time. Ran with stock baffles and was too loud for my neighborhood. Put in the "quiet" baffles and even my wife commented on the richness of the new sound, over the old stock Harley pipes.


I am building a custom chopper. These pipes fit very well and were easy to install.


I am building a custom chopper. These pipes fit very well and were easy to install. Good price and arrived quickly.


Excellent pipes, easy install. Did get new gaskets. I would also get new c-clips for head pipes. My dealer didn't have any so had to straighten mine out a little. Sound is great


Top quality exhaust,the chrome is perfect,sounds great,and everything fit perfect.


My husband loves them, great throaty sound. We put them on his Heritage softail classic.


Fit perfect on my Harley FLSTC and sound GREAT !!!


Put these pipes on 99 FLSTF Fatboy and they sound great. Already had aftermarket air filter and re-jetted carb so performance gains where noticed immediately. Took about 2 hrs to install by myself, on my knees going fairly slow so as not to screw anything up. The chrome survived and is beautiful, just a nice pipe for the money. J&P Cycles as always was great to deal with, shipping was a little slow but I put that on UPS, small parts came in fast, the pipes themselves took the whole 5 business days, plus 2 days sitting at their warehouse here in Tucson. But hey, it was free.


J&P was fine to deal with and the pipes were shipped on time. But after only 4 months on, one of the pipes started to have the chrome chipped off of it and dealing with Vance and Hines is no picnic.


Got these pipes 2 days earlier than expected. Took very little to install. Sound great, and look great! Bike now sounds better than the stock pipe sewing machine. Love the rumble and throaty sound.


Awesome product, super fast delivery and very easy install. I recommend J&P and V&H, as both provided me a great purchasing experience.


Awesome product with quick delivery. Very easy install but recommend installing "Quiet Baffles" before installing the system. They look and sound great. New gaskets a must to save headaches later on.


Awesome sound. There’s not many bike louder than my wife’s 01 Deuce


Sound awesome! But are very loud. Overall im happy.


Pipes look great! Haven't been able to put them on yet, but I'm excited to do so!


Unbeatable V&H quality. Outstanding look and sound. Only drawback is you have to remove entire system to change or replace baffles!


Great pipes. Love the sound and the chrome is awesome looking. Easy to install as long as you take your time and do it right. Quick shipping. Remember to order new gaskets for the install.


Fast shipping pretty easy to install with proper tools (the hardest part was to remove the stock pieces) more precise directions wouldn't hurt. The sound was nice but just much louder than I expected, living in an apartment building, I felt embarrassed driving through the four floors of parking setting off almost every alarm. After installing the quiet baffle it got perfect for my taste... Nice sounding... Loud but not absurdly loud. I recommend the product.


3 stars due to installation difficulty. I chose these pipes because they were similar to the look of the original exhaust. I put these on my 2007 Sportster 1200 Low. If you like loud aggressive sounding pipes these are the ones for you. If not, I would suggest getting the "quiet" baffles to tame it down at idle. The standard baffles that come with these pipes were a bit of a pain to get out once the pipes were installed. The set screw for the lower pipe was right next to the main bracket that holds the pipes to the frame. I had to loosen the bolts that hold the pipe to the bracket and cut short an allen wrench to be able to fit it in between the pipe and the main bracket in order to have clearance to take out the set screw. If V&H would have located the set screw on the opposite side of the pipes the headaches could have been easily avoided. So put in the baffle of choice before you install the pipes on your bike. The quiet baffle, updated part# 21301 fit in my pipes which are advertised as Straight Shots Originals. I've seen these referred to as Side Shots. They were tough to get perfectly allined due to the lack of free play one of the screw holes needed to hold on the sprocket cover that goes over the main bracket once it's installed. All in all I'm happy with them. I just hope V&H makes the necessary design changes to make changing out the baffles easier as well as making allignment of the pipes easier.


These pipes look and sound great. The back cylinder was a challenge given the heat shield was blocking access to the top nut. Solved issue by undoing the clamps and pulling shield back to access nut. This is not covered in the installation instructions


these pipes sound great! the crome just pops


G'Day, im from Australia, very happy with the exhaust system, beautiful sound from these pipes, it has bought my 09 FXDC to life. Also delivery was faster than expected. Thank J&P Cycles


Just got a pair of these on my FXD. Simple, clean, beautiful pipes that cover the swing arm and in conjunction with the quiet baffles sound awesome. I get a nice throaty rumble that the neighbors can live with. Took a bit of tuning as they popped like hell out of the box, but overall I'm very satisfied with this purchase. Thanks J&P for getting them to me in 48 hours.


pipes were a perfect fit and they sound great on my bike.

Danny Radigan

They work great great product

Important Product Notes

Note: Please see U.S. EPA and your respective state and local regulations to confirm noise and emission compliance.

Important Exhaust Notes:

• Note: With any new exhaust, we recommend changes to carburetor jetting or use of an aftermarket fuel injection control module.

• There is no warranty on exhaust pipes and mufflers with regard to any discoloration. Blueing is caused by tuning characteristics, cam timing, carburetor jetting, overheating, etc. and is not caused by defective manufacturing. No refunds on exhaust pipes once motorcycle is started unless there’s a manufacturer’s defect.

• Flanges and retaining rings are not included with most aftermarket exhaust for 1984-2013 Evolution and Twin Cam models. Re-use your existing hardware, or purchase replacement hardware.

Shipping Note

Additional oversized shipping charges will be applied for expedited shipments within the contiguous U.S. Shipping charges outside the contiguous U.S. are calculated by weight and dimension during checkout. Due to state regulations we cannot ship this item to the state of California.

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