So I started a thread about a week ago, about a nightmare full TI Akra EVO install on my '06. After 3 days, I gave in and took it to my shop. 3 hours and two technicians later, they called me and tell me that the pipe will NOT fit on my bike. I got this pipe off of eBay (for a fraction of the MSRP) "New In Box." I'm in the middle of working it out with the seller, we'll see what happens. Even if/when I get my refund, I'm still on the hook for shop labor..
I'm starting this thread because I've been exhaustively researching Akra systems. The part number of the pipe that I have is 104097. Upon googling "Akrapovic 104097" I found a PDF file on an Akrapovic website that shows the exhaust that I have, but the year listed on the PDF manual for the exhaust is 2005 ONLY, makes no mention of the 2006. But wait, I thought 05/06 were mechanically identical bikes, except for paint offerings? Can anyone clarify this?
I can only think of two possibilities: Retailers are marketing this pipe with the assumption that it will fit on 06s because of the assumption that 06s and 05s are the same--THIS pipe does not fit.
The other possibility is that this is for some other year bike. The strangest thing (to me) is that this pipe does not have the "hex" canister which strongly resembles the shape of the stock canister. Rather this one has the "conical" canister which I've never seen on an '06. All the 06 Akra exhausts I've seen have the "hex" canister. Again, DO YOUR RESEARCH on any exhaust system you are interested in, particularly if you have a bike that has overlapping model years.