New to Sportster. Is it possible to remove mufflers without removing the header pipes? Loosened the clamps, but can't slip the muffler off the pipe and interconnect.
Hmm.. Never had this happen, what kind of penetrating oil do you use?Yep. Dang near impossible until you put a few drops of penetrating oil on. Of course, make sure the oil is completely cleaned off before you start the bike again, or you'll have permanent spots on the pipes to mark the occasion.
I went from stock to drag pipes, to V&H straightshots to Rush without changing the clamps, never had a problem. I changed the seals if they were buggered up, if they were'nt i left them alone.Shop manual says to replace the "Torca" clamps...not meant to be re-used. True? Interconnect gaskets too? I am just doing a little cleaning of the pipes...not changing anything (Screamin' Eagles)
Generally I use Liquid Wrench, but more to the point, I've never personally experienced damage to the chrome after using it, because nearly everybody warned me that once the pipes heat up, any sort of leftover oil will leave permanent splotches. So, naturally, I never experimented to find out if it was true or not. Could be a biker "urban legend", I suppose. I'm still not going to experiment to see the results, though.Hmm.. Never had this happen, what kind of penetrating oil do you use?