Not me, maybe the previous owner. How do I know if they are backwards? Thanks for the reply [thumbsup]J_C said:Have you recently removed the pipes from the headers. I ask because it is possible to put those half shell, metal gaskets in backwards. If backwards they will leak and the exhaust nuts will likely fall off because you can't tighten the clamp down enough when they are bass ackwards. I know because if you can do stupid nuts when working on your bike, I've done it.
If you have removed them lately, try undoing the clamps and flipping the gaskets over.
The leak is exactly where the pipe (stock) slips into the opening of the header.J_C said:Of the top of my head and without my bike right next to me I can't recall which way they go in. They are L shaped and it seems to me if you look at them from the side the horizontal part of the L goes in first. I'm only 75% sure of that though. I do know that if you put them in, thighten the nuts all the way and the clamp (for lack of a better word) snugs down really close, almost all the way to the head, they are probably in backwards. When the gaskets are installed correctly the clamp will have a space between it and the head. Basically the gasket kind of crushes down in there and keeps some tension on that clamp. That and the lock washers should keep things tightened up.
Another thought is even if they are in correctly, maybe they are off center. If this is the case you just loosen all exhaust clams, move the pipes around a bit to make sure they are centered in the exhaust port, snug stuff down, recheck everything for proper seating and torque everything down.
One other thought is that maybe one of the shell gaskets got burnt if it wasn't installed correctly. If neither of the above pans out you may want to remove and inspect.
Maybe I should have asked this but can you describe your leak.
actually, sorry, forgot to put the question mark in my previous post. just wanted to be clear which connection we were talking about,J_C said:Listen to Hiero. I was misreading where you were describing your leak was. My description was for the header to to exhaust port connection. Sorry.
Yes....that's right. Thanks hiero and thanks JC. [thumbsup]hiero said:just to be clear, you're talking about where the muffler inserts into the header, this is after the X-section in the header...
if so, there is no gasket there stock, just go get some exhaust sealer stuff and be clean about it, no big deal...