Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Glen Alpine, NC, USA
Cracked exhaust and vibration
I noticed as I was closing up my 48K service that my exhaust was cracked at the muffler connection point as well as the splice strap in that area. The crack was about 3 inches long. I decided to pull the exhaust when doing my next service.
The 54K was done last week and I had the exhaust and strap welded. The crack had propagated to about 12" or 80% of the circumference of the collector, just about ready to fall apart.
My welder did a fine job on the repair and the bike sounds and feels like a new bike. The loose exhaust was quite loud and vibrations much worse.
So, my question is, if the point of this repair is now stronger, those that have had the muffler connection point rewelded, have you seen breakage occur elsewhere? If so, where has the next point of failure occurred? There is still a lot of localized vibration from the cat to the exhaust exit. I do have that center hanger installed.
2004 - LT - Anthracite