Yamaha Banshee Exhaust

If you're looking for a do-it-yourself project and are big on nostalgia, the Banshee exhaust system may be for you. The Yamaha Banshee, a popular ATV, has received an upgrade because of the Banshee exhaust system, which includes anodized mufflers and black end caps. The system of mufflers, midpipes and two chrome-plated expansion chambers gives the Banshee 25 percent more horsepower, 20 percent more torque and lessens the weight of the Banshee by more than six pounds.

Yamaha's last Banshee, the 2006, boasted of 6-speed transmission and a rugged build that could even climb hills. A low seat was credited for steering and enhanced maneuverability, and the ATV was declared the fastest 2-stroke ever. The 347 cc engine included twin 26 mm Mikuni carburetors, unique twin expansion chambers, resin, reed-valve induction, an oversized radiator, a heavy-duty clutch, and a CDI ignition system.

The rare Banshsee exhaust system is known as a vintage powerhouse to some and an outdated drag to others. When putting the system together, just as any exhaust system, you can run into troubleshooting issues. Some would say this is part of the craft, as opposed to just buying the system put together. It just depends on what you want the Banshee exhaust, and it ranges among consumers from free-range driving on beaches and deserts to popping wheelies and drag racing.

It can be argued that Banshees are a good choice for speed among the 2-stroke models. Banshees are more lightweight than the 4-stroke models out there, and the rare system is terribly among some ATV riders. Banshees are no longer made because of regulations form the Environmental Protection Agency and advances in technology, giving them legendary success among some ATV fans, while others swear by more powerful 4-siders such as the Raptor. Beware when purchasing a Banshee from another user, because these systems are calibrated for different needs, and if the settings don’t fit your needs it could take several months of work to bring it up to par.

Power, torque and durability are some of the things you want to consider when selecting your exhaust popes. Some riders will need a good lower end with good mid-range power, such as those who will mainly be riding on tracks. Those who ride in the sand, however, will want an exhaust pipe system with top-end power. Consider whether your bike is fuel injected when selecting your exhaust pipes, because in some cases you may need to re-map your fueling. While many of the Banshee exhaust pipes come with o-rings, there are sets of O-rings and springs you may purchase separately.

FMF, a manufacturer of Banshee exhaust pipes, offers models that are good for ATVs from 1987 to 2006, come with O-rings and require an FMF silencer. FMF manufactures the Fatty 2 Stroke, which provides improved throttle and a linear power band, a good choice for those who ride trails or desert open tracks. These are sold in pairs. The Gnarly model, which costs the same price, is nickel-plated and designed for especially rough handling. This pipe is more for those who want their lower RPMs ramped up in order to handle tough terrain. It’s a good choice for those looking got 4-stroke torque in a 2-stroke system for durability. The FMF chrome-plated STS is an even more refined version, compared to the Fatty and the Gnarly, and costs a little more. This pope is good for mid-range, over-rev and throttle response. The linear power delivery is unmatched, and this exhaust pipe is compatible with all systems from 1987 to 2006. Ideal for racing, these pipes are sold in pairs and require a silencer.

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