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installation of a 
FZ1 GYT-R Carbon Slip-on

....Stock exhaust = 120.1 hp
....GYTR slipon   =  122.2 hp
....Stock torque = 70.0 ft-lb
....GYTR slipon = 70.3 ft-lb

FZ1, Super Standard
a Muscle-Sport Motorcycle

A Modern  Muscle Bike right out of the box.
One bike that can do it all, and do it well.

....Before considering the GYR-R Slip-on for your FZ1, you might drop down to the bottom of this page and review some of my observations and opinions.  
....The FZ1 is a very easy bike to remove the stock Can and install a slip-on.  Any system should go on without a hitch, requiring only a few tools.
....This Slip-on DOES NOT have a centerstand tap but seems to function without difficulty even though the rubber bumper just rests on the hot pipe.  
....The Can spins on the pipe and in some cases leaking of exhaust gases seem to be a concern, although mine is initially sealed perfectly.  
....The mounting strap and rubber insulator  may not be holding the Can tightly and the Can therefore is spinning or moving on the pipe.  Mine is mounted perfectly solid and not spinning. 
....IMO the sound is much like an inline four superbike on the race track.   It is a deep in-line four sound compared to many of the systems on bikes like the 600's.  After running the GYTR several weeks, I came to like the sound as much as my Hindle on the Max, "Motor Music."
....At this point,  I like the looks,  sound and performance  of my GYTR  system very much.  I could not be happier with the system.


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 the installation of Yamaha's
FZ1 GYT-R Carbon Slip-on

FZ1 GYT-R Slip-on (GYT-R means Genuine Yamaha Technology and Racing)
....Yamaha states:  It should not be necessary to change the jetting of the FZ1 after bolting on the GYT-R exhaust system, however, this is dependent on weather and altitude of the riding location.
....Yamaha says:  After 3 years experience in performance exhaust system development, Yamaha Parts & Accessories Division came up with our next generation round systems. These pipes use even more lightweight materials than before to rival the best race systems on the market. Special high-volume design helps improve exhaust flow performance. Slip-On Exhaust installs easily without removal of the stock header or EXUP Valve, and adds 4.5 horsepower in the midrange, plus 1 or more peak horsepower. All GYT-R Slip-on exhausts install easily. For closed-course competition only.
....Carbon Saves 7 pounds compared to the OE system; adds 4.5 HP throughout the mid-range and 1 peak HP.   Aluminum Saves 5-3/4 pounds compared to the OE system; adds 4.5 HP throughout the mid-range and 1 peak HP.

....The stock exhaust weighed 11lb 2oz, while the GYTR slip-on and parts weighted about 4lb 2 oz.  The seven pound loss of weight will slightly improve handling and will add about one net horsepower on the road.

Stock Exhaust Removal
....Remove of the stock exhaust and pipe by following the removal page on this site (use the Sitemap to navigate) or
....Loosen the OE clamp at the junction where the OE silencer meets the collector.
....Remove mounting hardware from rear footpeg/silencer mount and place aside as it will be used during installation of the GYT-R exhaust system.
....Slide the OE silencer off the collector.  Store the OEM system in case it is to be used at a later time.

Rear view of the GYT-R system installed.

Installation of the GYT-R Slip-on  

Close-up rear view of the GYT-R Slip-on installed and the tools used.

....Place the bike on centerstand.
....Tools:  3/8" socket drive and medium extender, 8mm hex socket, 11 mm deep-well six-point socket, 14 mm open ended wrench.  

....Insert the muffler gasket into the inlet pipe that slips onto the collector.  You can observe the old gasket in the stock pipe if not sure of its position.


With the collector pipe inserted into the exhaust pipe of the new slip-on, you can see the clamp in final position, plus the leading edge of the gasket is visible just barely sticking out of the pipe and in the pic above just to the right of the clamp edge.

....Slide the Inlet Pipe Clamp onto the inlet pipe of the GYT-R muffler.

....The clamp should be very near the end of the pipe when tightened down during the final steps.
....The clamp nut is pointed to the outside in the view below, but should be rotated to a nearly down position so it is up and under the bike when finally tightened down.

....Install the rubber insulator strip onto the Stainless Steel mounting strap.

....Slip the inlet pipe of the GYT-R slip-on onto the collector coming from the engine headers.

....Slide the muffler strap and insulator assembly over the end of the muffler body so that the mounting tabs of the strap are between the centerline of the muffler and the motorcycle.  Note:  Be careful to get the strap/clamp on the correct way or it may be hit by the swing arm during normal operation of the suspension.

....Squeeze the strap together and line up the mounting slots with the inside surface of the rear footpeg/silencer mount, as shown in the pic below.

....Insert the stock bolt through the footpeg/silencer mount, strap mounting slot and apply the nut, and hand tighten.  Adjust as necessary so that the strap is perpendicular to muffler body.  Torque to 30 Nm or 22 ft-lb.  
....A 14mm wrench will be needed to hold the nut to the back of the hex bolt.


....After tightening the muffler strap down, check to see if the muffler turns in the clamp because the rubber insulator strap is too thin to hold it in place.  Many FZ1 GYTR owners have complained about the muffler spinning on the pipe and not being able to secure the muffler can with the clamp/strap.  

....Finally, rotate the pipe clamp so the keeper nut is up under the bike but still able to be reached with a socket and socket drive.  Tighten the inlet pipe clamp securely.

....The pipe clamp nut is pointed out in the pic above, be sure to rotate it up and under the bike to keep the nut out of the way and out of view, as shown in the pic below. Note that the rubber bumper contacts the pipe to the inside of center and on the outer edge of the bumper.

....Start the bike and check for gas leaks around the pipe/collector area, and especially around the junction of the muffler can with the pipe.  You might use some alcohol on a rag and try to wipe off any oils from your hands, etc from the stainless steel pipe and other metals, as sometimes there can be different colorations as the pipe gets hot, especially the first few times.
....One way to check the system for leaks it to hold cloth pad in your hand and cover up the exhaust opening and the blip the throttle.  If the system is "tight" your hand will literally be blown off the exhaust.


Initial observations and opinions regarding the GYT-R Slip-on----
....My initial opinion of the system upon opening the box was the workmanship was fine.  All parts had been shipped including a new gasket for the connection between the pipe and collector, and a nut for mounting the rear muffler strap.
....After closer examination it could be observed the logo plate on the Can had been riveted on with poor craftsmanship as the back end was bowed up with a 1/16" space under it.  
....Another concern was the fact the Can was free to spin on the pipe, and actually quite loose.
....No major mounting problems occurred.  The slip-on should go on for anyone without a hitch.  That is unless the rubber insulator that is placed inside the mounting strap that goes around the Can is not tight enough to hold the Can in place.  If the strap is not right the can will "spin" constantly.  I was quite concerned during the tightening of the strap that it would not become tight enough to hold the Can, however so far the Can is tight in the strap and does not spin.  Others have reported that the Can is not held secure and spins in the strap.   I suppose one could find another strip of rubber and try to increase the thickness slightly.  It cannot be too thick as one does not want excessive pressure on the Can, especially if it is carbon fiber.
....Using a cloth pad over the opening to test for leaks, I found mine system was perfectly sealed.  I was concerned initially because of the free spinning Can.  The Hindle system on my Vmax came in two sections like many of the racing system, so the Can could be somewhat pressed onto the pipe and then a spring holds the Can to the pipe.  In the case of the GYT-R Slip-on the clamps holds the Can and pipe in position.
....The biggest concern at this time is the fact the GYT-R Slip-on does not have a stop for the rubber bumper-pad on the centerstand.  The stock system had a tab welded on the pipe so the centerstand rubber bumper rested squarely upon the tag.  On my system the outside edge of the rubber bumper hits the pipe in the middle, thus there has to be some torsional force on both the pipe and centerstand.  It may not be enough to create any concerns.  One good thing seems to be the fact the rubber bumper does not melt.  Geo (Z-Guy) as of the end of August 2001 has run his GYT-R system over 8k miles (He has put 15+k miles on his FZ in about half a year!! One of my major hero's :).
....Posted Oct 2001 by  ZGuy---Morning all:  I figured I'd provide a running update on this pipe since I'm having a little problem with it. I've been hearing some weird high-pitched buzzing lately, couldn't figure out what it was until I was washing the bike yesterday. The rivets holding the exhaust end of the can are really loose. I checked the fronts, they are getting there real fast as well. Looks like I'll have to do a re-rivet job this winter unless I get crazy enough to buy that full yosh system, I keep hearing its name in my sleep, heehee..I am a little worried about the noise though, thats the only thing holding me back at the moment. In all fairness, I have about 14-15,000 miles on the yammie pipe. 
....And a response---yea, My GYTR pipe is loose and buzzing like a mother. Time to write a letter to Yamaha. WARNING-Dont by this junk.

Pics of the Areas of Concern on the Yamaha GYT-R Slip-on.

....The junction between the Can and exhaust pipe is an area of concern for some, but although the Can on my system freely spins at this junction there are presently no leaks and the seal is perfect.  Some report that this area will move laterally thus there has to be a gap that leaks gases.  The junction is very tight and sealed on my system.  There is no lateral movement.

....Since the Can freely spins on the exhaust pipe, if the Can clamp is not capable of pinching the rubber insulator down around the Can, the Can will be free to spin around on the exhaust pipe, thus causing the end of the pipe to orientate in different directions and the logo area to move around.  On my system, the clamp/insulator hold the Can firmly in position.  Z-Guy from the FZ list reports just wedging a small piece of the insulator rubber itself into under the clamp and thus firming up the connection to eliminate spinning.

....Then the final issue is that the Yamaha YGTR  system does not have a tab welded onto the exhaust pipe for which the rubber bumper of the centerstand to rest on like the stock system.  At present this does not seem to be a problem.  The rubber does not melt and apparently the offset pressure on the pipe and system is not a problem.  Z-Guy has about 16k miles on his FZ as of early Sept and 9k on the GYTR system without the rubber bumper melting or deforming enough to cause problems.  He is putting 2-3k miles a month on his FZ, using it for transportation and business trips!!

What about the sound????
....Describing sound is a tough issue.  Everyone has their own opinions of what is too loud or too quiet, and what about sound quality! Sound is so subjective.  The stock system is really very nice.  I liked the lack of noise for long trips.  However, I want to hear what the engine is doing and I am completely fed up with the new Hardley generation "with attitude," so I go out of my way to irritate the rookies with performance sound and raw performance if they wish.
....The overall "noise" level is toward the high end, but not a problem for me.  It is rather a good sounding system IMO.  The GYT-R system does not sound as good as the Hindle on my Max but close.  The Max rumbles like a muscle car at lower rpm's because of the V4 configuration and slightly lower rpm's, but it howls too, at the higher rpm's.  There is a slight inline four rumble at lower rmps, and overall sounds like many of the big racing bikes with aftermarket systems.   The Kerker on my Magna is at times offensive to me, not so with the FZ or Max. Rating the three systems I ride, on a one to ten scale for sound:  Kerker on the Magna 6, Hindle on the Max 10, GYT-R 9. 
----------Since the FZ is an inline and not a V4 like the Max it does not rumple like a big V8.  However, this system has a deeper tone than many of the higher pitch systems of bikes like the 600 squids.  It reminds me a lot of the superbikes racing in a on a road race track.  It even pops or "racks-off" like them upon hard deceleration.  Some of the reviews indicate it is too loud.  It is more to the strong side than the weak side of performance sound, but certainly not too loud for me.  In a full helmet any header system will seem quite loud, but not as loud with a half helmet.  I wear ear plugs whenever I need relief from noise anyway.  This system is very pleasant to me, but it is a header system and thus there is increased sound.  I like it very much. Reminds me a lot of the muscle car sound of my Vmax at lower rpms, but then as you wind it up sounds more like a track superbike.

Evaluation of the GYT-R Slip-on system----
....Early September 2001...After several weeks and quite a number of initial rides, I have not noticed any performance issues.  I will attempt to place the FZ on a dyno in late September to compare the curves with the stock muffler.  No leaking has been noticed.  The rubber bumper on the centerstand is still in place but I remain concerned about the torsional effects of the centerstand bumper hitting the pipe off-center.  I am on hold concerning the little issues with the pipe that may turn into major issues.  The sound, looks, performance, quality of the system are good to excellent for me. I like the system more and more.
....Mid September 2001....I have run the GYTR slipon enough to say I think it is great!!  I like the sound at all rpm levels.  No problems have occurred with the centerstand.  The installation is absolutely tight and solid.  The appearance is super.  I like the carbon on the FZ even more than on my Max.  I like the decrease of weight and size over the stock system.  My seat-of-the-pants evaluation of the power curve, is that it was near perfect for a stock bike and the GYTR made it even better. No hesitations, no drops in power production from right off the line to near red-line.  I will dyno the GYTR slipon near the end of September on Rob's machine, for consistency and also he is just one of the best.
....Late September 2001........The dyno run of the GYTR slipon shows improved performance at low to midrange rpm's and smooths out both the hp and torque curves in the low range. At this point in time, I am more than happy with the hp/torque output of the FZ1 either stock or with the GYTR slipon.  It runs perfect from idle to top end. I will be running stock carbs and air box, and not joining the great tuning wars of rejetting, as this is more than enough "juice" to racetour and troll for Hardleys ;)

....Stock exhaust = 120.1 hp
....GYTR slipon   =  122.2 hp
....Stock torque = 70.0 ft-lb
....GYTR slipon = 70.3 ft-lb



IowaZ's FZ1 dynorun comparisons:

....Stock exhaust = 120.1 hp
....GYTR slipon   =  122.2 hp

....Stock torque = 70.0 ft-lb
....GYTR slipon = 70.3 ft-lb

....My "seat of the pants" performance opinion of the GYTR slipon from Yamaha was good right from the start.  I could feel no low spots, hesitation, problems in any area of the RPM band.  The dynorun backs up the seat of the pants evaluation of the slipon.
....The dyno run of the GYTR slipon shows improved performance at low to midrange rpm's and smooths out both the hp and torque curves in the low range.
....At this point in time, I am more than happy with the hp/torque output of the FZ1 either stock or with the GYTR slipon.  It runs perfect from idle to top end.
....I will be running stock carbs and air box, and not joining the great tuning wars of rejetting, as this is more than enough "juice" to racetour and troll for Hardleys ;)

....At this point,  I like the looks,  sound and performance  of my GYTR  system very much.  I could not be happier with the system.

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