Kamis, 26 Mei 2011

How to Build Exhaust Pipes for a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

How to Build Exhaust Pipes for a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

The exhaust system on a motorcycle is one of the most noticeable aspects of a bike. Motorcyclists can change how their bike looks and sounds by changing the exhaust pipes. One way to customize your motorcycle is to build your own exhaust pipes.

Moderately Challenging


Things You'll Need

  • Exhaust pipe
  • Cardboard or template board
  • Cutting utensil
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker or grease pencil
  • Pipe or tube bender
  1. Get Started

    • 1

      Create a design template for your exhaust pipes and outlet. You can draw the design on a sturdy piece of cardboard or template board. Make sure your template is the actual size you want your exhaust pipes.

    • 2

      Cut out the design from the template.

    • 3

      Secure the template to the motorcycle for a trial fit. This will allow you to see how your design will look on the motorcycle.

    • 4

      Modify the template as desired before proceeding.

    • 5

      Measure the length from the engine block to the first bend in your template.

    • 6

      Mark the measurement onto your exhaust pipe.

    • 7

      Repeat process as needed by measuring from the edge of one bend to the beginning of the next bend. Mark the measurements on your exhaust pipe for each bend you plan to make.

    Bending the Pipe

    • 1

      Place the pipe into a pipe or tube bender at the point of your first mark.

    • 2

      Bend the pipe to match template. Make small adjustments to the pipe as needed.

    • 3

      Repeat the process for each additional bend.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider purchasing an exhaust system kit for your motorcycle. There is a wide variety of kits available for Harley Davidson and other exhaust systems. Kits are easier to install and generally have warranties to ensure proper performance.

  • Take an inventory of all the parts and pieces before you begin installing your new exhaust.

  • Straight exhaust pipes generally have one bend and tend to be easier to build.

  • Pre-bent elbows may be welded onto a straight exhaust pipe if you do not have a pipe or tube bender.

  • Kits are designed for different makes and models and are not one size fits all.

  • Not all kits offer the same warranties or parts.

  • Local law may have certain restrictions in regards to the level of noise an exhaust system can produce. Check your local laws before deciding on a exhaust system.

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