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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Post winter therapy pipes lol

I had considered a few aftermarket full exhaust systems but expense, unacceptable noise levels and a sudden lack of funds forced me to change my plans. So after some helpful folks on here suggested posting a wanted ad I scored a set of factory pipes in awesome shape. I had picked them up a while back but until now had not had the chance to dig in. I spent the first part of this morning doing a complete clean and then polish to make them shine. I ordered new gaskets and flange nuts to do the swap when the recent snowfall melts in the next 2 days. Therapy to recover from the nasty snow surprise this weekend! Who knew polishing chrome was such a mood lifter??

Now I just need to get that Mustang seat from a fellow forum member and my ride will be pretty sharp!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 10:31 AM
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You guys got snow up there yesterday? That's crazy. Been a little chilly down here in MA, but nothing that would bring snow. Today its supposed to get close top 70, gearing up to go for a ride soon.

I will say, I like the stock pipes, they look sharp and if you want a little more throat, a few holes drilled in the baffle plates and still grunt without pissing off the neighbors.

Gone are the days we stop to decide where we should go, we just ride.
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I cut my stockers down and removed the cats to see if I could get a little more sound.
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I cut my stockers down and removed the cats to see if I could get a little more sound.

My cats ran away when they saw that.....lol

I can't do surgery like that on mine in Maine without possibly expensive consequences. The law passed here says you cannot adapt or alter the factory mufflers to make them louder. I would at the least get a ticket or worse need to get a new system to make the law happy. I am going to see what it sounds like with the factory 900 set, the ones on right now are a mix of what look like stock headers and Vulcan 1500 mufflers. If I do decide to drill I may try the stealth method I have been contemplating. Drill out the rivets and remove the back plate, then use long drill bits to do the holes in the baffles. Put the end plates back on with machine screws long enough to see if it sounds good enough. If that fails the sound test then I will remove the section of pipe that holds the back plate on and let the sound out.

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What brand chrome polish did you use? hand or machine polished?
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What brand chrome polish did you use? hand or machine polished?
All by hand. I stated by simply wiping off with a soft cloth and hot water to clean them. I then used Turtle Wax chrome polish & rust remover using Terry Cloth circular pads. Once that was done and dry I repeated the process using Happich Simichrome polish. The Turtlewax did a great job getting a deep clean and polish, but the Simichrome really brought out the true shine and it even made some tiny scratches disappear. Then again, the Turtlewax cost 3 bucks and the Happich cost me 14
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