Proper review a cheap chinese product: this time, it’s a DB killer (or exhaust silencer) that you can easily find on Aliexpress or Banggood. It’s cheap, but is it any good?
I’m doing a few reviews of cheap stuff I buy on the internet. It’s sometime hard to find in-depth reviews of cheap stuff from Aliexpress or Banggood, or whatever other site. Let’s try to address this.
My Yamaha is equipped with a Two Brothers dual exhaust slip-on system (yes, the Yamaha FZ6 has 2 exhaust pipes). It’s nice, looks good and sounds amazing. I bought my bike like that, and I would have probably never put that kit on as it’s really expensive.
And it’s actually loud, not super loud, but enough to be a bit annoying when cruising around at 50km/h (30mph) in summer, even at low RPMs. I repacked them last year before the riding season but it almost didn’t change anything.
So in order to reduce the decibels a bit, I found cheap DB killers on AliExpress. There are different sizes available, and quite a lot of different vendors, but I think they all come from the same factory as they all look the same. They’re supposed to fit most exhausts.
Anyway, a bought a pair of those silencers. I actually firstly bought 140 x 35mm ones, but I later found a better idea to made them fit in my exhaust pipes with a bigger size. So I ordered another pair, 140 x 60mm, from the same vendor. And instead of receiving two of those, I got one 140 x 60mm and one 140 x 45mm. No idea why.
The DB killer is nothing crazy, it’s basically a small pierced pipe. On one end, there’s a removable cap; that side is supposed to go in the exhaust.You can remove the cap entirely, or move it to a different position.
The other end has a specific shape that is supposed to be placed at the end of the exhaust pipe. That shape has different size, to accommodate the different exhaust pipe sizes.
The screw at the end is there for maintaining the muffler in place in the exhaust.
The 2 screws are the same size. I don’t know if they would hold well though, I will put some threadlocker on to be sure they won’t fly away when riding.
There is really nothing complicated about this kind of db killer. You just have to measure the tip of your exhaust before you buy the proper one. If your bike only has 1 exhaust pipe, you can even order different sizes if you’re not sure, because it’s so cheap.
This is one exhaust pipe. The golden tip has a flange inside, which is not visible on the picture. That flange is handy as it’ll prevent the db killer to fall all the way in the exhaust, which will be a pain!
Now we just insert the db killer in the exhaust tip.
The last step is to use the screw to tighten the muffler to the exhaust so it doesn’t fly away when going full throttle. Don’t forget to add some threadlocker on there too.
As you can see, it doesn’t look super clean. The fact that it’s chrome looking makes it too visible. The light I used when taking the picture really accentuate that too. I might paint it black with high temperature
It’s time for testing the sound now. It’ll be interesting to see if removing the end cap changes anything, or even moving the end cap to a different position.
More to come: sound testing on the bike…
Sorry for the lame watermarks, but some vendors quite like to steal pictures to use as their own.