How to Get the Baffle Out of a Vance & Hines Muffler

by Don Davis

Except for a few racing products, all Vance & Hines mufflers come with removable and replaceable baffles -- the instructions that come with most Vance & Hines exhaust systems include an advertisement for their “Quiet Baffles.” A single Allen head screw on the bottom of the mufflers holds the baffle tube in place. Although Vance & Hines warns installers to “align heat shield openings so baffle screws are accessible,” the screw is often hidden under the heat shields.

Step 1

Unscrew the worm clamp that holds the rear heat shield over the muffler with a flathead screwdriver. Slip the heat shield off the back of the exhaust.

Step 2

Unbolt the four hex head bolts that hold the mufflers to the exhaust mounting bracket with a open end wrench.

Step 3

Loosen the end tip screw, the screw closest to the header pipe on the bottom of the muffler, with an Allen wrench.

Step 4

Spray penetrating oil on the muffler-header pipe joint. Wait 2 or 3 minutes, then slap the muffler with your open hand.

Step 5

Pull the muffler off the header pipe. Loosen the baffle screw, the remaining screw on the bottom of the muffler, with an Allen wrench.

Step 6

Pull the baffle tube out of the muffler.

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