I just got a used set of mufflers for my project off e-bay (probably paid too much). When I got the package opened one pipe was really nice, the other acid stained. When I shook it it had a very noticible rattle and upon inspection I noticed that the baffle on the front end had broken loose. Can this be fixed? I know nothing about welding or even if it could be accessed. Any suggestions. Thanks in advance Steve in Ohio
Coupla options here for ya: 1. If the insides are rotten enough, try to break them up and shake them out. 2. Cut the muffler in half, take the guts out and weld it back together. This will leave a visible, unsightly seam. 3. Cut out a patch facing the bike and remove the guts. This will render the weld less visible, but is more difficult to do.
Either way, the bike will be loud without the baffle. Unfortunately, welding a rusy baffle inside a rusty muffler is nigh-on impossible. Besides, it'll sound cool!
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Re: rattle in the muffler#47436 05/23/064:53 pm05/23/064:53 pm
Bad deal. If the PO ever ran leaded fuels then the inside of the mufflers are slowly being eaten out as we speak. That may be why the baffle turned loose. Baffles would be one of the first parts to "go".
You can't weld controlably in the confinded space to my knowledge. Poured in epoxy won't work becasue it's going to be all corroded surfaces inside there.
You might be able to fold, spindle and mutilate the baffle, and pull it out, if you can get the muffler to say, "Ahhhh!"
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Re: rattle in the muffler#47437 05/24/067:36 am05/24/067:36 am