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GSX-S1000 Exhaust System upgrade

GSX-S1000 Exhaust System upgrade

(Now with sound clips)

The standard GSX-S1000 exhaust system is reasonably good, with a great noise, however it is a bit restrictive and quite heavy.  Huge improvements to the GSX S Exhaust can be made with the right upgrades.  5Kg can be saved with a only slip-on and GSXS decat, as well as a good power increase, GSX-S1000 Tuning is quite easy and the engine responds very well to exhaust changes and tuning.

See here for GSXS750 exhausts

There are 4 main ways below to upgrade the Exhaust System

  1. Stock System 

  2. Slip on

  3. Decat or link Pipe

  4. Full off the shelf system

  5. Custom System

See Dyno chart for results

Stock System

Stock sound

GSX-S1000 Stock Exhaust System
GSX-S1000 Original Exhaust System


There is an exhaust valve, that is controlled by a solenoid system and the ECU, it is designed to enhance low throttle running and it helps to reduce noise emissions to cope with Euro 4. There is also a catalyser and large underfloor silencer on the stock GSX-S Exhaust.  Click here to see the restrictions caused by the exhaust valve.

The header system is a 4-2-1 system with 1-4 and 2-3 interconnected,this should produce good torque, however the secondaries are very short causing a major dip in the torque between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm.  There simply isn’t room for a decent 4-2-1 system with a cat and underfloor silencer.

There is a narrow band 02 sensor just in front of the exhaust valve and catalytic converter.

GSX-S Exhaust Components
GSX-S Exhaust Components
GSX-S1000 Exhaust valve
GSX-S1000 Exhaust valve
Suzuki GSX S exhaust valve
exhaust valve system

Suzuki GSX S stock exhaust

GSXS1000 Stock exhaust muffler flow
GSXS1000 Stock exhaust muffler flow

 GSX-S1000 Cat and muffler open GSXS1000 stock slip-on design


Slip On

There are various different GSX-S1000 slip-on’s available, however the standard slip-on is not particularly restrictive (although it is heavy) so slip-on’s or end cans don’t make much difference to the power or torque and just a slight difference to the sound, although they can also look better.  Huge variety in price from cheap copies at 50GBP to expensive cans at over 600GBP. Power upgrade, maximum 1 or 2 BHP

GSXS1000 Yoshimura slip on
GSXS1000 Yoshimura slip ons

Yoshimura do a range of slip ons for the GSXS,  Yoshimura and Suzuki go together like bread and butter..

GSXS M4 slip on
M4 slip on

M4 slip on, small and light and available with an option of 2 dB killers for when you need to be quiet.

Many other such as Akropovic, Arrow, Black Widow etc.


Decat or Link Pipe

Decat Sound

A decat or link pipe replaces some or all of the underfloor exhaust components, some link pipes replace just the heavy restrictive silencer whilst a decat usually removes the cat and silencer.  Most link pipes leave the Exhaust Valve (EXCVA)  in place but it can be removed as well.  The decat is the most cost effective GSXS-S1000 exhaust upgrade.  GSX-S1000 tuning or reflash will help the bike to run better after this mod.

Decat Exhaust Benefits

The main advantage of a decat is weight saving and power increase at a very low cost. (100-200 GBP) Power Upgrade approx 10 – 15 BHP

GSXS1000 stock silencer, cat and exhaust valve
GSXS1000 stock silencer, cat and exhaust valve

As can be seen the silencer is large and heavy and causes most of the exhaust restriction and does most of the exhaust silencing, removing the Cat will add a bit more flow and power.

The exhaust valve can help the bike to run more smoothly at low speeds and quietens the bike around 5000rpm but also reduces the flow at the top end


Link pipes can be home made (if you are a competent welder), made at a local exhaust shop or they can be bought.  My first decat was made locally as there were not any available to buy.

They can now be purchased quite cheaply ( and well made) from Oli Jones through the Suzuki GSXS Owners UK facebook group.  They are designed to fit the stock slip-on at the rear, at the front you need to cut through the Cat (then remove the rest of the cat) and it just clamps on no welding needed.  It leaves the Exhaust Valve in place and functioning.

They can also be bought through Ebay

Oli Jones Decat pipe
Oli Jones Decat pipe
GSXS Decat
Decat, cut through Catalytic converter to fit.


GSXS 1000 Decat with Akrprovic Slip-on
Decat with Akropovic Slip-on

Full off the Shelf System

Full Yoshimura System Sound

There are a number of retail off the shelf full systems which means full headers, link pipe and end cans, although you don’t have to have all parts from the same manufacturer (i.e. Arrow headers and Akroprovic Can) as long as they are designed to fit i.e. same bore (standard GSX S1000 silencer is 51mm)

When you fit full headers you generally remove the exhaust valve (EXCVA), the exhaust valve servo gives feedback to the ECU on its position (so the ECU can check that the position of the valve is what it should be) and if it doesn’t get feedback it throws an FI error – lights on the dash (code C46), to prevent this error some manufacturers supply a physical rotor arm, or preferably an electronic servo eliminator or a re-flash as the servo itself weighs nearly 1Kg and is worth removing.

Full headers and a good end can can give a significant power increase over stock, but will only get the full benefit with a tune from a PCV or Re-flash,  Power Upgrade 10-20BHP


Black Widow Headers
Black Widow Headers, very short secondaries

Black widow Headers are very reasonably priced and flow well but have very short secondary pipes, similar to the stock headers

M4 Full system
M4 Full system, longer but not optimum secondaries

M4 headers have longer secondaries helping with mid range torque

GSXS Arrow headers

Arrow headers have cross over pipes between the primaries, are more expensive than M4 or Black Widow

Yoshimura GSXS full system

Yoshimura headers are a 4-1 system, this is designed for maximum power at the expense of low end torque

Custom System

My custom exhaust system sound

To eliminate the dip in the torque curve between 4,500 and 6,000rpm so I decided to build my own full custom exhaust system, with tuned headers and a generic GSXS Titanium Exhaust end pipe

I initially built a system with stepped headers and a proper matched and designed 4-2-1, Using 1.5″, 1.75″ and 2.0″   (39, 44 and 51mm) stainless pipes with 460mm primaries and 420mm secondaries.  This had an SC project end can, however the 2.0″ main pipe was restricting the top end so I amended the initial build.  Power Upgrade 10-20 BHP plus a torque increase and no flat spots


Original decat exhaust
Original decat exhaust with crossovers removed


GSXS Larger 38mm headers
Larger 38mm headers, 3mm larger than stock
GSXS custom 38mm primary exhaust headers
38mm primary headers
44mm secondaries
44mm secondaries, now 50mm secondaries



I’ve now upgraded again to a larger bore GSX S Exhaust system with a generic GSXS Titanium exhaust end pipe with 1.5″ Primaries, 2.0″ secondaries and final pipe is 2.5″  (39, 51 and 63mm)

The GSXS Titanium Exhaust end pipe and can are extremely light because of the use of Titanium.

The 39 and 51mm pipes are full stainless and the 63mm pipe and the End Can are Titanium.  This increase in size was to allow more power at the top end as the 2.0″ pipe was restricting the top end, the rear pipe is now longer than standard smoothing the bottom end of the rpm range.

GSXS1000 Custom Headers with link pipe and stock slip on
Custom Headers with link pipe and stock slip on
GSXS1000 Custom Headers with 2.5" Titanium end pipe and can
Custom Headers with 2.5″ Titanium end pipe and can


The stock System weighs 10.4Kg and my system 5.1Kg saving 5.3KG over stock.

The new GSX S exhaust system is awesome, producing more  torque throughout the entire rev range and filling in the large dip in torque around 5000rpm.  It is now difficult to keep the front wheel down.  I often find myself 1 or 2 gears higher than before and it pulls away beautifully.  The ECU is now also re-mapped and has produced a sublime engine that produces smooth power everywhere and makes a great noise. 

These headers are available now at 475US$ for the headers, 75US$ for the Link pipe or 550$ for the Titanium end can, all plus shipping


Suzuki GSX S Titanium Exhaust

GSX S custom exhaust system

GSXS1000 Firetorch Titanium Exhaust

custom exhaust GSXS dyno



Sound Levels GSX S Exhaust

1 metre behind exhaust with calibrated sound meter

GSX S Exhaust Volume Idle 5000 RPM Max
Stock Exhaust 82dB 92 dB  
GSXS Decat – stock slip on 85dB 97dB  
GSXS Decat with M4, dB killer 87dB 106dB  
GSXS Decat, M4 no insert 89dB 108dB  
GSXS Decat, no tailpipe 90dB 114dB  
GSXS Custom Headers, SC Project 87dB 106dB 123dB
GSX-S Custom Headers, SC, dB killer 82dB 101dB 107dB
GSXS New custom Headers Firetorch Titanium 89dB 108dB 124dB


Custom headers with Firetorch Titanum 2.5″ end pipe






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