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Hey guys, I've got a question for ya..

Due to my last fall, the muffer band (the metal piece that wraps around the muffler to hold it against my bike and for support) has cracked. It is still attached to my bike but the muffler weight is making the band (now in 2 pieces) to go lower and lower. So there the gap between the broken band is getting wider and wider. I bought a aluminum long piece of metal from home depot yesterday. It's about the same width (1"). It's much longer but that's no problem, i have a cutter to cut that.

BUt here is my problem:
what is the best way to bend the new piece of metal so that it will fits nicely around my muffler and replace the hold one?
I am guessing i will have to use a drill to make room for the screw later but my 1st concern would be the wrapping job.
Any ideas guys?

Thanks again!
 

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Dude! You had better get to a shop and get your muffler bearing checked. You could have bigger problems than you think.

5th Gear or Imperial are good bets.
 

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yea? why is that?
you mean my muffler might be damaged?
Possibly. I mean, safety first and all that, right?

Why not make the phone call and maybe get it checked? Muffler bearing problems are difficult to diagnose by the untrained.
 
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you'd rather cut up a piece of metal, which not stainless, shape it in such a way that it will support your muffler, instead of going to a dealer and paying a few bux for a proper one that won't ruin the finish on your can?

please, vote me angriest poster now.

and pay someone to check your muffler bearings pronto.
 

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no, it's not that i am not willing to spend $ on chkin the muffler guys.
I went to 5th gear last month to get my engine cover replaced. I asked them if they would have a muffler bearing but they said they didn't have any.
Now, I ran my bike after the fall and after replacing the cover and it seemed fine, so i was thinking that this bearing problem can be resolved easily by just reaplacing it with a peice of aluminum.

Besides, my bike's insurance has expired already, if i were to bring it to a shop, it would have to wait till next riding season.

I was just thinking this as a little winter project.
 

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I asked them if they would have a muffler bearing but they said they didn't have any.

Besides, my bike's insurance has expired already, if i were to bring it to a shop, it would have to wait till next riding season.
Bill doesn't always have stuff in stock. I'm surprised he didn't special order it for you though. Muffler bearings are a common problem.

Call Bayside Performance. Kevin will come to you.
 

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What bike have you got? Call Kevin, he'll hook you up with the muffler bearing.

Ask him if he's got the new Yoshimura power bands in yet. I'm getting a Muzzy power band for mine since it's a kawi. I hear they add like 40nM to the bike.
 

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WOW! 40 nautical miles more? GEEZ, that's a LOT!

I'd think twice before I used that HD strip of metal. That aluminium strip they sell is pretty much a low grade of alloy. It'll work for a while but It'll likely fatgue crack from vibration after 1/2 to a full season.
 

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Hey guys, I've got a question for ya..

Due to my last fall, the muffer band (the metal piece that wraps around the muffler to hold it against my bike and for support) has cracked. It is still attached to my bike but the muffler weight is making the band (now in 2 pieces) to go lower and lower. So there the gap between the broken band is getting wider and wider. I bought a aluminum long piece of metal from home depot yesterday. It's about the same width (1"). It's much longer but that's no problem, i have a cutter to cut that.

BUt here is my problem:
what is the best way to bend the new piece of metal so that it will fits nicely around my muffler and replace the hold one?
I am guessing i will have to use a drill to make room for the screw later but my 1st concern would be the wrapping job.
Any ideas guys?

Thanks again!
i've got several muffler bearings kicking around. is your muffler oval or round??
 

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...the muffler weight ...
Does this "muffler weight" serve the same purpose as coolio's frontal wheel weights but instead keeps the rear of the bike planted?
 

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Get the Carbon Fibre Power Bands, your engine will rev a lot quicker cuz of the lighter weight of the Carbon. Wire in a Power Bar with an oil bypass and you`ll get an easy 100 more at the wheel.
 

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It seems like making my own band out of a piece of aluminim is really a bad idea.

Um...I am afraid that i made everybody misunderstood. Cuz the picture to this link is not what I am talking about all along. Just to be make sure, i am talking about something more like http://www.hoffmann-speedster.de/images/produkte/520/520_3900.jpg


I will take you guys advice and just look for one in a shop rather than fixing it myself.

PurpleKawi I pmed you already, thanks for the help.

Go find a pristine band/bracket at a bike boneyard (Supersport or Chop Shop are good bets). Failing that, buy a new OEM if you have to, but don't do a home repair making do with the wrong part. It'll likely turn out looking like crap and it'll look that way for you and the next purchaser.
I know this has probably been mentioned a million times but where is the chopshop and Supersport? Since it's only a piece of metal that's supporting the muffler, i think these places would work best.

Thanks!
 

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Ring, boys were just fucking with you, frankly you even made me crack up. There is no bearing in muffler for obvious reasons as there are no rotating parts :)

For chopshop call Brad at (604) 837-2942

If I were you, since you have an older bike and do not wish to waste cash on fixing the thing properly, take a nice thick piece of steel wire, and twist tie it around the dangling muffler. Do it in a few places. It ought to last a month or two before you need to redoit.

Why do things properly when you can do them half assed?
 

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Ring, boys were just fucking with you, frankly you even made me crack up. There is no bearing in muffler for obvious reasons as there are no rotating parts :)

For chopshop call Brad at (604) 837-2942

If I were you, since you have an older bike and do not wish to waste cash on fixing the thing properly, take a nice thick piece of steel wire, and twist tie it around the dangling muffler. Do it in a few places. It ought to last a month or two before you need to redoit.

Why do things properly when you can do them half assed?
Thanks for the confirmation vili, that cleared things up :)
Yea, i think you are catching my drift here, since my bike is old (1991) it would be most ideal if i could fix it myself and get some mechanics exp.

Anyways, thanks for everybody's help. You guys are always there for me and my bike :rockon :rockon
 
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