How To Seal Motorcycle Exhaust
Motorcycle exhaust performs the function of ousting the burnt gases from the engine and if you know how to seal the motorcycle exhaust, you can regulate and control the flow of the waste gases. This is necessary to increase the power of the engine and improve the performance of the motorcycle. Ignoring and not giving attention to a long-term exhaust leak problem may cause serious damage to the engine. Additionally, it can be more economical to seal the motorcycle exhaust rather than replace the whole exhaust system altogether.
Before you begin to seal motorcycle exhaust, it is necessary to collect the appropriate tools. You will need:
- Exhaust gaskets
- Exhaust seal
- Three vise grips
Remove the old exhaust gaskets from the exhaust port with the help of a screwdriver. Motorcycle gaskets may deteriorate due to constant heating, vibration and cooling.
Run water a couple of times through the entire exhaust to take out any gas or carbon deposits from the exhaust.
Seal the two ends of the exhaust and make tight the block plugs. The plugs should be far enough towards the ends of the exhaust to enable the vise grips to be attached to the end of the pipe. These plugs help in attaching vise grips to the end of the pipe. The vise grips serve as stopper device and aid the plugs from blowing out under pressure. You need a total of three vise grips—two for the header end of the exhaust and one for the silencer end. Vise grips are by far the easiest, cheapest and most effective method to seal the motorcycle exhaust. Make sure the vise grips on the header end are tight and attached at 180 degrees to each other. The silencer end needs only one vise grip, which can be attached at any angle.
Install fresh gaskets into the exhaust port.
You must be very careful before beginning to work on the motorcycle exhaust system and let it cool before starting to work on it. If the bike has been running for a while, make sure it is allowed to cool down before you commence to work on it. It is a good idea to clean the exhaust pipes with a soft rag or lint-free cloth to remove any loose dust, dirt or grime before you proceed to seal the motorcycle exhaust.