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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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I go to my Harley dealer ready to purchase the S&S MK45 slip on exhaust today and parts guy who I have purchased stuff from in past tells me that I would have to put the screamin eagle tuner on as well in order to preserve the warranty. I told him my understanding was as long as it was just slip on I did not need it. He explained that anytime they do any warranty motor work on these new bikes the first thing on corporate checklist is if exhaust was changed in any way and if it has the proper tuner. I ended up not buying the exhaust and he lost the sale. I am totally confused regarding this issue with all the different opinions I have read. Anyone have any positive information regarding this subject?
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There has been a lot of back and forth on this subject but I think your parts guy is full of shit.
Tomorrow I will confirm this since I have to stop by there anyway
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BS, another individual opinion from an uninformed Harley employee, Shocking..................... The lack of consistency from dealer to dealer is ridiculous. I'd look for another dealer or maybe speak with the GM for a more informed answer. you made the right move not doing anything for now. Good Luck
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I go to my Harley dealer ready to purchase the S&S MK45 slip on exhaust today and parts guy who I have purchased stuff from in past tells me that I would have to put the screamin eagle tuner on as well in order to preserve the warranty. I told him my understanding was as long as it was just slip on I did not need it. He explained that anytime they do any warranty motor work on these new bikes the first thing on corporate checklist is if exhaust was changed in any way and if it has the proper tuner. I ended up not buying the exhaust and he lost the sale. I am totally confused regarding this issue with all the different opinions I have read. Anyone have any positive information regarding this subject?
Its bullshit. I had V&H eliminator 400 slip-ons on my otherwise stock 107 2017 FLTRU. The engine was replaced TWICE under warranty (sumping) and the third time they replaced my bike. The 2nd and 3rd time it happened the bike was inspected by a Harley regional tech lead. All warranty work, including he first time, was of course approved by HD corp.

So you can confidently tell them they are full of shit.
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Its bullshit. I had V&H eliminator 400 slip-ons on my otherwise stock 107 2017 FLTRU. The engine was replaced TWICE under warranty (sumping) and the third time they replaced my bike. The 2nd and 3rd time it happened the bike was inspected by a Harley regional tech lead. All warranty work, including he first time, was of course approved by HD corp.

So you can confidently tell them they are full of shit.
Were you running a tuner? That seems to be the hot button issue.
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Were you running a tuner? That seems to be the hot button issue.
No, I was not, nor do I currently. Not required, or even helpful with slipons only

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It only voids the warranty if the part is responsible for the failure. Common story from parts and service folks. Keep all your receipts and records and you'll be ok.
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It only voids the warranty if the part is responsible for the failure. Common story from parts and service folks. Keep all your receipts and records and you'll be ok.

So if he has any kind engine issue let's say is caused by detonation, possible lean condition etc...., will the warranty still cover it if he changes the slip-ons without the tuner? Don't think so. Receipts won't help anything their.


Until all this mess with EPA compliant crap and putting aftermarket parts on that may void your warranty run its course and gets worked out, I would do only the things my dealer tells me is available to retain warranty if that is my goal even if I don't like the answer. If I don't like the answer enough I will either A.) Say screw the warranty and do what I want to the bike and deal with it if something happens. OR B.) Buy a different brand motorcycle and be done with it.


This is all going to change in the future at some point I'm willing to bet. All the dealerships are losing a butt load of money in their aftermarket sells or they are trying to hide it from the MoCo in which case that will come to a head at some point. The EPA evidently still has it's thumb on HD and I feel it's extremely unfair and they ae targeting them. I'm just going to keep my bike stock for a while and see what happens until I don't give a crap about the warranty any longer.
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So if he has any kind engine issue let's say is caused by detonation, possible lean condition etc...., will the warranty still cover it if he changes the slip-ons without the tuner? Don't think so. Receipts won't help anything their.
OK, no. Slip ons alone will not cause Harley to void the warranty on a touring bike (softails have cats in the mufflers, so that would void the warranty). Again, I know this from personal experience working directly with the moco on my issues.
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I decided to leave the exhaust stock for now while it is still under warranty for two years and not have to deal with all the bull. I instead will put the money towards a rear shock upgrade and just trying to figure if I should go with Super Shox or Olins. I have read many reviews on both and leaning towards the Super Shox. The suspension is pretty good on the 2017 but it can't hurt to improve it and figure my back will thank me when riding on rough roads.
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