How to Debaffle a Suzuki C50

by Chris Gilliland

To a motorcyclist, a deep, powerful exhaust note is a highly prized audible sensation, exuding a roar of raw power from within the motor. Unfortunately, the stock exhaust systems fitted on today's motorcycles are restricted by emissions regulations, masking the roar of the motor behind a noise-reducing baffle. However, Suzuki C50 riders can eliminate this baffle with basic tools, drastically improving the motorcycle's sound without the need to purchase an expensive aftermarket exhaust setup. However, it should be noted that performing this modification will void your motorcycle's warranty and may also violate local traffic codes.

Prepare the hole saws. Place the 3-inch hole saw onto the arbor. Slide the 1.5-inch hole saw onto the arbor, centering it directly in the middle of the 3-inch hole saw. Lock the holes saws in place with the arbor's lock screw and insert the complete assembly into an electric drill.

Slide the 1.5-inch hole saw over the first muffler's outlet pipe. Cut through the muffler's end plate, starting the drill at a low speed to prevent the hole saws from slipping off of the muffler. Increase the drill speed gradually until the hole saw has cut completely through the end plate.

Remove the end plate from the muffler, using a magnetic pickup tool to pull out the end plate.

Insert a broomstick into the muffler's outlet pipe. Work the broomstick up and down, left and right, and in a circular motion. Use slow, deliberate movements to weaken the internal welds that secure the baffle to the muffler. Continue until the baffle and outlet pipe feel loose.

Grasp the end of the outlet pipe with vise-grip pliers. Twist the outlet pipe from side to side until it can be pulled completely out of the muffler.

Repeat the process on the remaining muffler. Start the motorcycle and enjoy the new sound of your Suzuki C50.

Warnings

  • close Use only Bi-metal hole saws. Hole saws intended for wood will not cut into the muffler.
  • close Wear protective eyewear and gloves while cutting into the muffler. Metal shards may be flung outward, resulting in serious eye injuries.

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About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.

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