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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-21-2007, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody have a problem with the Collar holders on V&H pipes ? My pipe holders seem to be a tight fit and can't line up the holes to install headers
on my 86 Vulcan . I May have to use a dremal tool on what Clymers calls pipe holders but afraid of header leaks. They are the two flanges that bolt header pipe two on each side .Thanks Rob
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Not exactly sure what the problem is, however, make sure that you have removed the old crush gasket when you go to install the new one. You will have a bear of a time putting them on if there are 2 crush gaskets in there.

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Agreed on what Jon said.

Also, make sure you are installing them to the engine first before bolting up to the hanger at the rear of the bike...you have alot more play when trying to get the collars aligned.


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Not sure about these pipes, but when installing a new head pipe on my dirtbike, there was an up and a down side to the holders.
Not much difference when just looking at them, but once ya tried to fit them in place, there was.


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The bottom collar mounts first. Mount the pipes while everything is loose. Tighten the collar nuts first 12 ft lbs I think. Then tighten the rest of the bolts. ride a short while, and re torque the collar nuts again.
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I think I know what you're referring to rucruisen. If I read it correctly you are having difficulty getting the two halves to fully wrap around the pipe.

I just put Cruzers on my bike and there were a couple of issues I had with that as well. If your holders are rust-pitted it could magnify the fit problems. If i recall accurately my front pipe was a tight fit in the holder department also. I sat with the pipe on a scrap of carpet and just fiddled with the flanges until they finally went on.

The diameter was -just- right and there was a sort of click when they went into place. The nice thing is once they were on they stayed on without holding them which made it much easier to position.

Just be glad you didn't break any studs like I did. One per side, that was fun.

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Just be glad you didn't break any studs like I did. One per side, that was fun.
Me too...no fun!


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