How to Remove Screaming Eagle Bafflesby Russell Wood
Motorcycles are distinctive vehicles, mostly because of their loud exhaust and their association with the American rebel. Not all motorcycle enthusiasts wants a loud exhaust, or they may just want the extra sound for special occasions. One company, Big City Thunder, has created a removable exhaust hanger that can quiet exhausts when installed, and restore them to their former tone when removed. Sometimes, they're not that easy to get out of the exhaust, but with a few tricks, it can be a bit easier.
Allow the exhaust to cool completely before you work on it, otherwise, you risk burning your hands.
Unbolt the baffle from the exhaust using the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket. Depending on the exhaust, there may be two or three bolts securing the baffle in place.
Pull out the baffle by placing the needle nose pliers between the exhaust tubing and the inside of the baffle, gripping it on the outside edge. You may need to work around the baffle to pull, and it still may not be pulled off because of carbon buildup.
Take the 14-gauge wire and shape it into a hook shape using the needle nose pliers. Then, slide the hook into one of the holes on the inside of the baffle.
Clamp the vice grips to the baffle, and then hit the vice grips with the mallet. This is going to free up the baffle and allow it to be removed.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set
- Needle nose pliers
- 1 foot of 14-gauge solid steel wire
- Vice grips
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.