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Hey all,

I am trying to remove the mufflers from my new project bike and I have hit a snag. The exhaust collector box is pretty rusted and it wont let go of the mufflers. I have removed the bolt and clamps holding the mufflers on per the manuals instruction, but they are still very tightly held in place by the exhaust box.
Any Tips or ideas to get them off? One of the mufflers has a crack in it and can't take any more pressure from me trying to wrench it free.



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I experienced the same thing. I ended up taking the rear brake off and slipping the exhaust off the bike whole.

That way I could try to separate the pieces later. I tried soaking the joints in ACF-50 (penetrating oil) and was forced to use heat to separate them.



Luckily I work at a shop that has a gas torch. Once heat was applied it came off with one tap from a sledge.

Maybe you could take the exhaust off (same as above) and ask some folks at a muffler shop to heat it up for you.

You'll be surprised how many people will rally behind you, if you explain that you're rebuilding this bike...



Upon refitting use Nickel Anti-Seize Compound on the joints.

Next time you won't have to fight. The company from the link above has a location nearby, but this is what I saw on E-Bay with a quick search.



What other work are you trying to do?
 

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I experienced the same thing. I ended up taking the rear brake off and slipping the exhaust off the bike whole.

That way I could try to separate the pieces later. I tried soaking the joints in ACF-50 (penetrating oil) and was forced to use heat to separate them.



Luckily I work at a shop that has a gas torch. Once heat was applied it came off with one tap from a sledge.

Maybe you could take the exhaust off (same as above) and ask some folks at a muffler shop to heat it up for you.

You'll be surprised how many people will rally behind you, if you explain that you're rebuilding this bike...



Upon refitting use Nickel Anti-Seize Compound on the joints.

Next time you won't have to fight. The company from the link above has a location nearby, but this is what I saw on E-Bay with a quick search.



What other work are you trying to do?


Thanks for the help! The list of to-do's on the bike goes like this:



1. new shocks - previous were terrible

2. now a new exhaust, probably a 2 into 1

3. full tune up and cleaning of outside and inside of engine

4. new paint, going red.



I will post some more pics soon.



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I had the same problem with mine, and even with the exhaust off as one unit, could not get them apart. When I got my new Dyna ones this week, I tried something and it worked wonders. After trying to "pound" off the muffler (it would not budge) without killing the H-Box, I took a pipe wrench and twisted the muffler around. That did it, it lossened right up and slid out easily. Yea, the muffler got wrecked, but it was trash anyway. Seems a little spin is enough to break the "age seal", and then they come out easy. (easier to get a lot more rotational torque than linear torque, and less chance of damage to the H-Box).
 

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Welp I have news.
I got the left muffler off and replaced the shock after blasting it with tons and tons of wd-40. The left (witht he crack) was so bad I couldn't remove it. So instead I just pushed it down enough to get to the bolt for the shocks and remove them. Sadly the old shock doesnt want to let go of said bolt so i will be off to lowes later to find a replacement. The old shocks are trashed.



My exhaust collection box is rusted beyond recognition. That will be next. Anyone know a good 2 into 1 exhaust?



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The H-box is small enough you can just drop it into CLR or some other cleaning solution. I recommend you clean the H-box, and replace the mufflers with Dynas. You can get a Mac 2 in 1 exhaust, but those will cost you at least 150 more, and you need to rejet.



As long as the Hbox doesn't have any holes, keep using it.
 

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And an oil filter wrench (those rubber strips on a handle) are a little better than a pipe wrench, because it won't dent it.
 
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