Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way


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Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby edju » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:54 pm



I was doing a tire change recently and was having trouble with getting the mufflers moved (rotated) after losening the clamps. I grabbed a large strap wrench--used for oil filters and other larger diameter applications---when I used this tool----voila---they turned down with ease! Its easy to bend the joint since your not able to give the muffler enough rotation to break the bond--and the tendency is to just bend the whole assembly down. Take my word for it, a strap wrench is the way to go!
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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:06 pm

Thank, good tip. I'll have to remember it next time.
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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby dingdong » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:36 am

Thanks! I will try that method. I have never been able to break mine loose. So I resort to forcing the whole assembly down.
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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:31 am

edju wrote:I was doing a tire change recently and was having trouble with getting the mufflers moved (rotated) after losening the clamps. I grabbed a large strap wrench--used for oil filters and other larger diameter applications---when I used this tool----voila---they turned down with ease! Its easy to bend the joint since your not able to give the muffler enough rotation to break the bond--and the tendency is to just bend the whole assembly down. Take my word for it, a strap wrench is the way to go!


Yup, I've always used exactly this method. I will apply support at the front of the muffler to avoid bending anything, while applying opposite pressure with the strap wrench. This applies pure rotational force without any bending force.

I also loosen the joint a day before and soak the joint in PB Blaster - applying it several times throughout the day. The next day it works free much more easily than without the PB Blaster.

Same exact method in reverse to rotate them back up into place.

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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby brettchallenger » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:51 am

Why didn't I think of this brilliant yet simple solution? Thanks.

Recently, I tried to remove the right hand silencer to make changing the rear drive oil simpler. I gave up in the end as I couldn't move it all and struggled on with the oil change with its restricted access. Unfortunately, we don't have PB Blaster here in Europe. It is available via Amazon but comes at a eye watering price of about £40-70 ($60-100 approx) for 400 grammes, most of the cost being shipping. Next time I attempt to rotate the silencer I will try it with some PlusGas and the strap wrench.
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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:59 am

brettchallenger wrote:Why didn't I think of this brilliant yet simple solution? Thanks.

Recently, I tried to remove the right hand silencer to make changing the rear drive oil simpler. I gave up in the end as I couldn't move it all and struggled on with the oil change with its restricted access. Unfortunately, we don't have PB Blaster here in Europe. It is available via Amazon but comes at a eye watering price of about £40-70 ($60-100 approx) for 400 grammes, most of the cost being shipping. Next time I attempt to rotate the silencer I will try it with some PlusGas and the strap wrench.


You can make your own penetrating oil in place of PB Blaster: Make your own penetrating oil

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Re: Rotating Mufflers The Easy Way

Postby brettchallenger » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:05 am

Thanks, I will give this a try.


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