Exhaust Nuts- GONE!
My wife was complaining that her bike "didn't sound right". So yesterday I geared up and was going to take it for a spin. I fire it up, and it sounds louder than normal. I look down at the left side exhaust where the header attaches to the engine, and put my hand down there, I can feel air pulsing out. I look closer- BOTH nuts that hold the pipe to the engine are completely gone! They must have vibrated off. No wonder it didn't sound right. The other day we were at a stop sign in an open area, and she gunned it, leaving me and my Suzuki C50 in the dust. When she decellerated it backfired real loud, so I imagine the nuts have been gone for a few days now.
I need to run down to the hardware store and get some replacemens. Does anyone know what the torque value should be for these? I don't want to do them too tight and crack something or damage a gasket. Yesterday I put a socket on the right side to make sure they weren't coming off, I was able to tighten them a bit but I didn't push it too hard.