Bent Exhaust

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Schuey, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Schuey

    Schuey Member

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    Hi ya,

    Need some help, I came off my Nightster on the way to work yesterday, black ice on a roundabout at low speed. Some people stopped and helped get the bike off me. I managed to ride her home, but then noticed that the bottom exhaust (Vance & Hines Slip ons) had been damaged and pushed out of alignment. Any of you good people got any idea what the likely problem is with the exhaust, I have tried pulling it straight, but it will not budge.

    Thanks for your help:newsmile08:
     
  2. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    is there a mounting bracket that got bent, you might have to take it off the bike to straighten, glad you're alright, the bike can be fixed.
     
  3. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    schuey; Glad you're ok, and proud of you riding in freezing weather. I'm not at all familiar with rubber mount sportsters, but most Harleys have a well concealed bracket (like Chopper mentioned) holding both mufflers in align. Sometimes, all that is required is to loosen ALL of the exhaust mounts and couplings and tweek them back to straight. Give that a go.
     
  4. Schuey

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    Thanks Guys, I will have a closer look at the weekend, to try and see what,s what. Hopefully it's a bent bracket, that can be straightened. It's just when you see your pride and joy on it's side and then find something bent you panic. Bloody weather, bring on the sun.
     
  5. Backroad Rider

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    Hey Bro, glad you're ok, the scoot can be fixed, as we get older it takes longer for us to heal....be safe and good luck with the pipes.
    Bill
     
  6. r44s

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    Not to worry, you are OK and the bike can be fixed. If you haven't dropped your bike yet don't worry, you will.
     
  7. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Schuey glad your okay! As Hobbit says, the newer bikes have black exhaust heavy guage crossover pipe welded to mounting brackets that is pretty robust and "hidden" low and behind the nice chrome light guage outer pipes.:s

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    Likely you will not be able to bend them back without breaking or mangling without heat, so diismount first. :newsmile055:
     
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  8. Schuey

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    Once again, thanks for the advice and comments, just wish I bounced like I did when I was younger, I know one thing though, <EDIT> glad I joined this site

    Cheers:s

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