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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Need exhaust guard?

Smelled something burning when I was at a light in town today. Had done a short run out the highway and back. Got home and all seemed OK. Came in and found I had burned thru my left pant leg! Seems baggy pants rest on the exhaust where it exits the cylinder on the left side.

I think I need an exhaust guard to keep my pantaloons off the exhaust. It is also possible that the engine is running too lean--it did stop at idle at one stop light. Rode great the rest of the time.

Anyone else have this issue? Even if I'm running lean I don't think my pants resting on the exhaust is a good thing!

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Exhausts always can burn pants....burned em on my Harley that had no guards.....left side eh....I might have a stock one....need to check.....I dont use em because they get in the way of my mods....I got all kinds of heatshields layin around......

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Exhaust isn't stock. Was done by previous owner. Don't think first part of the headers have changed though. Ordered a shield with a bend for left side off ebay. Still could use a straight for the right though.

Got a pair of Harley mufflers to replace the small ones on this bike. Think they augered out the baffles on the ones on the bike. I really don't like it so loud. Need to cut the existing pipes to put the new ones on but I can do that. May have to bend them out a bit as the new ones are a larger diameter. I can't do that--or at least can't do it well. I read about some of you having exhaust mods. Who do you go to for stainless pipe work? None of the local exhaust shops will touch it. Adding a crossover pipe seems out of the question for them.
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While I think it looks like crap some people wrap asbestos tape on exhaust with bikes that have a lot of exposed exhaust like my old nighthawk.

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I don't usually like a lot of chrome or polished steel on a car and especially not on a jeep/truck but it is nice on a motorcycle. Does seem to make it a problem to have custom exhaust done though!
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Send "Okiebezer" a PM and ask him nice to take pics of his system....I designed it....he's very happy with it.....



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This is a side pix. Balanced on both sides, rather than the off set muffs that are stock. I really like the way they turned out.


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Instead of using a wrap, I got some flexpipe and slipped it over...works as a heatshield, and also dresses it up....it can be polished....and i dont know of anyone who wastes money making exhaust from stainless...it wont do what ya think it will...better off sending it out to get chromed....



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Covering with flex is a great idea!

Shied away from sending out for chrome. Don't know much about it and thought it would be pricey. If I do go that route, it would have to wait until this winter. Not going to take my bike down for the first full summer I have it!
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Ya gotta use the good stuff though....else the crappy stuff rusts too fast....I get mine from NAPA....they sell it in rolls, lol....ya polish it up nice....and I "think" they make a high heat clear paint to seal.....my bike rarely sits long enough to rust too bad, lol....

Just check the OD of existing and ID of the flex....mine slipped over tight, but nice...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Walker-Flex-...#ht_1321wt_851

(example)....I brought my rear header pipe and made sure....




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