Muffler removal question


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gemotra
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Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200I Interstate

Muffler removal question

Postby gemotra » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:36 pm



I need to replace the muffler on my '86 GL1200 Interstate. Can it be done without disconnecting the (four) exhaust pipes from the cylinder heads? Said differently, assuming one can free up the two junctions between the exhaust pipes and the muffler, is there room to pull the old muffler sufficiently far back to remove it while leaving the exhaust pipes in place? There's only about 2" clearance between the muffler body and the rear wheel.



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alanc1100
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Location: Lakewood, Wa.
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200A Aspencade

Re: Muffler removal question

Postby alanc1100 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:30 am

Gemotra, I removed my exhaust today for the second time in the last week (due to exhaust leak issues). I have an 86 Aspencade, which should be the same exhaust as your 86 Interstate. I had to remove the engine guards on both sides, remove the header nuts and pull the exhaust down. Once down, you can separate the headers from the muffler/pipes. OR, you can remove the rear wheel. I did not want to go through that. It only took me about 15 minutes or so to remove the whole exhaust.

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maestro319
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Motorcycle: 1986 Honda Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Re: Muffler removal question

Postby maestro319 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:29 am

alanc, would there be pics or a video of how to remove that system? I, too, have a GL1200 Aspencade that is getting a little noisy.

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alanc1100
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Re: Muffler removal question

Postby alanc1100 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:11 pm

Maestro319, you know, I keep forgetting to bring my camera out to the garage every time. I still have the exhaust removed since I currently am trying to find a good rust preventive coating to put on them. Now that I have the cancer gone, new metal welded in and just the surface rust left to deal with, I want to protect it the best I can. I am looking at POR15, but I am not sure if it can take the heat. I will make an effort to take some pics when i get ready to install it. And will post them for everyone.

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maestro319
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Re: Muffler removal question

Postby maestro319 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:54 pm

Thanks alan, that would be great.




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