I have an '03 Ultra which I dropped off the other day to have the rear tire replaced. When I returned to pick it up the guy at the service desk said his technician noticed that the rear exhaust pipe coming off of the head was cracked. He said that the pipe itself was leaning against the primary so to him, it was already bent and cracked and that when he went to take the pipe off to change the tire he made it worse. Needless to say I went there expecting to pick up my bike with a new tire and came home with a very loud exhaust coming off of the rear head. The service desk managers said that it was actually a common problem on the '03 Ultras. Can anyone out there relate to that being a problem on their Ultra's? Do you know of anyone who has experienced a similar problem? I don't want them to think they can hoodwink me. They told me that the Rheinhardt True duals that I have on there could make it difficult to replace the aforementioned cracked pipe because Rheinhardt went out of business about a year ago and they may have to get me an aftermarket part which could mean replacing my heat shield because of the way the pipes are bent. I told them to first and foremost, try to get the original part. I don't want to get into this big expense if I don't have to. Also, I mentioned to them that I can weld pretty good and I asked them to give me the old head pipe back so I can reinforce the crack with a good build up of nickel spray weld. Have any of you guys ever tried that before with any success. Naturally I'd like to replace the cracked pipe with a new original one if I can but if I can repair the old one I'd rather do that. Thanks for any input on this.!