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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:22 AM   #71
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Ti headers can be problematic, as they are typically thinner than their steel counterparts by as much as 50%. Combine that with the fact that ti gets brittle under extreme heat (which you'll have at/near the block) and it leads to issues with cracking (from motor vibration at high RPMs)

It's not uncommon to see ti used everywhere except the header. Sure, there are places that will sell you a full ti system, but show me one that will do so with a full 2-year warranty.

The shape of the manifold/header is the only thing that will give you a performance edge, not the material it is made out of (modulo some weight savings). In the case of the SL, considering the lengths they went through to save weight everywhere possible, you can be sure it's not a cost issue.
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:24 AM   #72
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i am still looking for someone to open up the akra cans. i wanna see what they look like inside.

i pay you a beer.






or two. (and the rivets to close them again)
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:32 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by acowsik View Post
While its an interesting debate to what I have learnt from my observations on the pictures of the racing kit vs the things TJ has posted here, its still a gray area IMO and neither of us may be 100% true. Unless Jarel or someone who can get more inside knowledge on these fine details has solid proof to share with us, its all speculation at this point.
Sorry one more thing…acowsik I guess you didn't take my hint. I'm not speculating. I work for Ducati. I'm a project manager for the bike. You're not going to meet anyone who has more knowledge about it. You can take what I say as the truth. Got it now?
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:36 AM   #74
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TJ99: Thank you very much for this valuable input!!!!
I really hope to get it soon. It's such an amazing bike and I think you guys do a fantastic job.

One thing that really is mysterious for my: how can such a setup pass EU regulations?
I guess this question will stay unanswered forever :-)))
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:36 AM   #75
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So.........care to shed some light on the electronics package and how it differs from a performance standpoint?

And thank you for joining this forum and discussing this project openly, I admire the fact that Ducati was willing to put together such a special bike.
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:42 AM   #76
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Tell you what guys it's nighttime here and time to get off the forum. I'll check back tomorrow morning and respond to your questions, ok?
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Awesome. Customer service at its best.
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Old Apr 7th 2014, 11:47 AM   #78
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Originally Posted by TJ99 View Post
Sorry one more thing…acowsik I guess you didn't take my hint. I'm not speculating. I work for Ducati. I'm a project manager for the bike. You're not going to meet anyone who has more knowledge about it. You can take what I say as the truth. Got it now?
I have the GoGo's song "Our Lips Are Sealed" playing like a broken record in my head...
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Originally Posted by gigantor View Post
Sorry if I'm wrong, but here are two of his posts side by side:





Makes it sound like the y-pipe and silencers are the titanium pieces that are included with the SL and that the headers are steel. What I AM confused about is that he says 'full akra exhaust,' but mentions steel headers, when the aftermarket full akra is in fact titanium from the block all the way back.
Thanks for clarifying for me. It's all a bit pedantic now. I'm miles from getting an SL so unless it comes up in Trivial Pursuit I'm OK being in the dark.
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Sounds beefy~!
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