Saturday, December 20, 2014

Decatting the 690 Enduro R stock exhaust [updated 20th Dec.]

-14 690 Enduro R stock exhaust

I got the idea from ADVrider forums where I found a couple of different approaches to the process. There is no real sensible purpose for this project, but out of curiosity I want to see if the decatted exhaust will run noticeably cooler. I'm also interested in how the decatting affects the sound. (I like my exhausts as quiet as possible). The starting point is a -09 SMC exhaust which looks visually identical to the current  -14 version with the exception of it not having the single mounting hole and the missing "crash guard". If all goes well, I will have a slightly lighter and somewhat cooler quiet OEM pipe.

The patient (-09 690 SMC exhaust) sedated for surgery

At this point I'm not at all certain if I can mount the -09 pipe directly to the bike simply by using one of the two mounting holes. I.e. I don't know if the holes will match.

***Disclaimer, I recommend you don't attempt this at home. Neither should you install a decatted exhaust on your bike since it may be illegal and/or damage your bike.

Step one, hacksawing the exhaust in two [Sat Nov. 15th]

(Step one should really be to check if the holes match and the pipe can be mounted using the existing mounting holes etc., but I'll worry about that later)

Sawing complete. Took some time with a plain old manual hacksaw
The catalysator is the big round thingy with the "filter"

Step two, removing the cat [Sun Nov. 16th]

cat removed
With the help of a power drill, a long iron rod and a hammer the cat was first drilled and then pounded clean off. Seemed hopeless at first, but the key was to drill it full of big holes first and then chip away what was left.

The weight (the now separated end cap not included) was reduced from 4,315 kilos to 4,137... This means removing the cat resulted in weight savings of 178 grams or 6,3 ounces. Clearly saving weight is a very poor excuse for decatting.

Next step: find a welder... (this can take a while)

Step three, welding it back together

I found a welder through a friend and he did a rather good job in my opinion. Cost me a bottle of gin so the price was very reasonable too. 

Next step, mounting it on the bike

For now, I'm assuming the existing mounting holes will not match. I will probably have a chance to test this assumption during the weekend. I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE [30. Nov]
Eyeballing the pipes side by side the holes could match, but the problem was the width of the -14 adapter. Apparently the earlier bikes with two hole mounts had an adapter that was narrower.

The original -14 model pipe still mounted
the -14 mount is too thick to fit on the -09 pipe

Next step, ordering the 08 - 13 exhaust mount.

 I need parts 13,14,15, and 17. Let's see how much that will set me back.

Mount sourced

The mount set me back 55€. Ouch.

UPDATE [20. Dec.]

Mounting and testing

Today was finally time to mount and test the modified pipe. I was armed with a temperature "gun" and an iphone decibel measuring app. After running the bike with the original pipe for a while it became clear that the temparture measuring would not work under these conditions. The outside temp was 2 Celsius degrees (35 F) and the pipe would only warm up up to 14 degrees after 6 minutes. I wasn't going to stand out in the cold and wait for both the pipes to heat up properly. 

The noise levels were pretty similar which was good. My unscientific measuring method, showed an increase of 2 to 3 decibels at 5000 rpm. At lower rpms the difference was maybe 1 decibel. Again very unreliable data and very unscientific method, but watching the videos will probably give you a better idea. 

The mounting itself did not go according to plan. For some reason the mounting holes on the pipe would not match up. The pipe was seated properly, maybe even a millimeter or two deeper than the OEM -14 pipe, but there was still a half a bolts width to go. There was no hope of getting the bolts in place. No big deal for now, but I will have to figure out a solution later.

I just can't understand what is causing the mismatch though.

modified exhaust mounted, sort of...

nothing is happening


the modified pipe was seated well

no differences in lengths as far as I can see


  1. Hi,

    How does it sound without the cat?

  2. Don't know yet. Sick as dog right now so I haven't been able to test or mount it. I will post a video during the holidays.

    1. Hope you get healthy very soon!
      Nice website. Must say that my opinions on the 690 2014 are +/- same as yours. I had the Duke 4 (MY2012) before,The enduro '14 has about the same engine but feels much smoother than the D4. Just ordered the Accelerator Module;should help to smoothen out (mainly <3500rpm) the engine even more. I'm looking forward to the sound of the decat exhaust...Hope you can do it earlier than the holidays.!!

    2. Hi,

      You're writing about 2à3 db louder. But is the "quality" of the sound changed, is it deeper/throatier compared to the OEM?

    3. Not really. Video is up now.

  3. Hello

    Is it possible to decatting the stock silencer without opening the exhaust, by the rear of the silencer ? Thank you.

  4. I suppose one could do it with proper tools. You can see the floor in the "cat removed" picture where the cat is removed. The problem is that while you can probably pound out the cat from the rear you might end up with a lot of cat bits rattling inside the exhaust. Although... if the bits are small enough you might be able to vacuum them out.

  5. Hi from Spain.
    I didn't see any comments on how the decat of the 09 can performed. Did you notice a performance increase and perhaps better fuel economy?


  6. I never really ran with it properly. Once the warranty expires on the bike I'll clown around more. As for now the decatted pipe just sits in a box in the garage.

    1. Any chance you’ve still got that decatted exhaust? I’d like to purchase it! Aftermarket is too loud and stock is way too hot. Cheers, Mike

  7. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that you can remove the cat without cutting the muffler - it can be done through the inlet pipe. A bit of effort but possible - it took me 1hr total. Good luck:)