Aight, for everyone who has the ex500 and wants a new exhaust READ THIS!!! I rocked the V and H 2-1 system and i have no complaints. The hardest part was getting the new headers on, and all that took was a little bit of wiggling to get both to fit on right without taking the radiator off. Trust me putting this system on is a piece of cake. As far as cutting the fairing/ putting the centerstand back on, dont worry about it, its nothing. This whole job should take you about 2.5 hours assuming you get the headers on in a jiffy (thats the only thing that can potentially take any amount of time). When I got this system rocking, i warmed up the bike (its 15 degrees in the chi-town suburbs) and reved up the beast, i had my neighbors coming to my garage wondering WTF was going on. This system is loud compared to stock, but in IL, i doubt its enough to get you into too much trouble, and 5-0 out here have nothing better to do but pinch kids on loud exhaust and subs so you should be fine. Vance and Hines has made a quality product and im glad to rock it on my bike. The whole thing ships in 2 pieces aside from the center stand bracket and hardware and was a sinch to install. If you have any questions, PM me and ill give you a hand where i can.