Exhaust leak

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by gator508, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Went for a short ride yesterday and noticed a lot of decel popping. Parked her in the garage and started checking the exhaust and sure enough the exhaust on both cylinders was loose. Grabbed the torque wrench and tightened it back up to specs 120"lb. Took it back out, problem solved. I guess the weather change may have had something to do with it getting loose.
    Question: Anyone else have the same thing happen, how often should one check this. I read in the help section that adding another nut as a lock nut will keep this from occuring. Thanks!!
     
  2. Mad Dog Jim

    Mad Dog Jim Banned

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    I do mine with every spark plug change
     
  3. Slapp

    Slapp Junior Member

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    When I had the 08 superglide I had the same problem. Seems for some reason (at least for me) the gaskets kept failing there by causing the exhaust leak. Ended up putting some good qaulity (not HD) gaskets in and never had another problem with it.
     
  4. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    Never had mine to fail but that is a good idea. I'll put that on my check list.
     
  5. Mad Dog Jim

    Mad Dog Jim Banned

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    I figure while you're up there and got the tools out... why not
     
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    If there is enough thread, some use a double nut or put a new lockwasher underneath the fasteners. Sometimes anti-seize works better than expected...but certainly better than galling/locking "permanently" :s
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    The stock nuts leave a lot to be desired, Trash them and use some grade 5 or 8 nuts with lock washers and anti sieze and you will be happy:s
     
  8. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Jack's got the right trick and, if you wish, can still do the "double nut" idea too. I try to check mine monthly to ensure tight & definitely invest in swivel-end for socket/torque wrench...helps reach the tight space(s).
     
  9. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys, I will add it to my monthly checklist. It is a little tight getting in there, my swivel was to no avail. I used a thin long extention and was able to get to the nuts no problemo!
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Try a wobble extension, they work real nice:s