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Old 11-04-2012, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering

Sportsters from 2004 on are rubber mounted, but the exhaust is bolted solidly to the frame. Does this not put a strain on the exhaust port bolts? Is that why when I checked all my bolts the other day and found the rear nut laying on top the tranny?
How can you be sure they are tight enough? The gasket seems to give a little more every time I retighten. I don't want to break a stud.

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The exhaust isn't bolted to the frame. The exhaust bracket is bolted to the trans (maybe).
Not sure where exactly but it isnt the frame for sure

You would crack the pipes or the bracket otherwise!!
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The exhaust isn't bolted to the frame. The exhaust bracket is bolted to the trans (maybe).
Not sure where exactly but it isnt the frame for sure

You would crack the pipes or the bracket otherwise!!
You are correct. put Python slip ons on and now V&H Staggered Short Shots and never noticed. I got down on my arthritic knees and checked and yep they are bolted to the trans.
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And as for overtightening you meant the head bolts right??

There is a torque spec in the service manual. Tighten it to that and it Should be good, or Stage 8 Fasteners 8911A : Stage 8 Locking Header Bolt Kit - 3/8"-16 x 1" Double Hex Head - Nickel Plated - Steel - SB Chevy - Set of 12

Something along those lines would make sure they don't fall off

Obviously you have to find ones that fit your bike
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