These baffles were not as easy to install as we had hoped the would be. Had to take the heat shields off, what a pain. Definitely buy them when you buy the pipes. As far as being quieter, the trike is a little quieter with a deeper rumble than before. Before it had a slightly hollow sound and very loud. I would have liked it to be quieter than the baffles made it. If you are looking for touring motorcycle quite these are not the baffles for you.
Wanted to be heard by those people needing to talk on their cell phones while driving that weren't seeing me and these pipes are achieving that for me! They also look great on my 2011 FLSTC, thanks V&H, great product, great price.
I've had these on my 1998 VT1100CT since 2003. The right side muffler has just now rusted through on the bottom. I remember having to do some prying and maneuvering to get them lined up when I first installed them but nothing too bad. The full length heat shields cover the pipes and still look good to this day. I opted on the quiet baffles which have a very deep, throaty sound that's very distinctive and different from the tinny, high pitch sound of other aftermarket metric cruiser pipes. They do get a little louder over time but I still have the original baffles in. With the right side rusting out after 13 years it does look like I'm going to have to replace the mufflers. The outside finish still looks good but the rust started from the inside and there's about a 4" long by 2" wide rust hole coming through the bottom.