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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Brand new bike... Do I need to replace gaskets with new pipes?

Quick and easy question, title said it all.

Brand new 2013 vulcan classic 900, ordered V&H pipes. Do I really need to replace the gaskets like everyone says when you add aftermarket exhaust?

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I had less than 1K miles when put my V & H's on and kept the same crush gaskets. Never had a leak..now have 25K.
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Each pipe is made just a little different. For a couple bucks per, why not change them? To not change them and find out that you should have can delay the excitement of the first ride with the pipes.



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+1 on changing the gaskets. Even though your bike is new, the gaskets have been compressed and you would run the risk of a leak reusing.

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+1 on changing the gaskets. Even though your bike is new, the gaskets have been compressed and you would run the risk of a leak reusing.
yes - always use new gaskets as the old ones won't have a 100% smooth surface.

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Each pipe is made just a little different. For a couple bucks per, why not change them? To not change them and find out that you should have can delay the excitement of the first ride with the pipes.
Consensus leans towards replacing them. Better to be safe then sorry. That's what I like about this forum...keeps me from being complacent.
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IMHO for a few dollars (I think it was less than $10.00) I changed mine when I put my pipes on.

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If you don't use new gaskets and u have a problem, the first thing folk will ask u is "did u use new gaskets?" Better now than later.


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agreed...cost is very minimal $8 and some change.

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