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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Baffel(ing) question

I don't know the correct termonlolgy and even though I have done most of my own work on my bike I have never replaced the baffles so here goes: I just received new baffles for my slip on muffler. They are wrapped tight with baffle material, plastic wrap, and masking tape.
Do I need to remove the masking tape and the plastic wrap? Or can I keep the plastic wrap on and not have it discolor the pipes as it burns off?
When I started taking off the plastic the packing expanded and I worried I wouldn't be able to fit it into the muffler.
With the plastic wrap on it fits into the pipe perfectly.
Please advise.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 11:23 AM
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I took the plastic wrap off of mine when I installed them but I added masking tape on the ends and middle to facilitate insertion. I just twisted slowing when putting them in and there was no binding up at all.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 12:36 PM
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You can leave it on or take it off. Doesn't matter. The residual will burn off regardless.

I used really thin stainless safety wire to tie my last baffle material, after repacking. Allows for a tighter packing, duesn't burn or rust and can be easily undone.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input

I called Rush and they told me to leave it all on. Somehow I still feel the need to remove all the masking tape but leave the plastic film. The plastic covers the fiberglass material which already is secured onto the baffel by three bands of masking tape.
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