How to Install Custom Motorcycle Exhaust Pipes

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-350
What You'll Need
Wrench set
Motorcycle lubricant
Custom exhaust

When a bike enthusiast further customizes his motorcycle, a custom motorcycle exhaust is the most common thing to replace the old motorcycle exhaust. Customized motorcycle exhaust not only class up a motorcycles look but you can also choose the type of sound you want your exhaust to make to make it classier. Most of the stock exhausts that come with motorcycles are either too big or sounds like empty cans. Some motorcycle exhausts are fine like the single side exhaust but they tend to get hot really fast making it uncomfortable for the rider plus the sound it makes is also not to good.

Step 1 – Fit the Exhaust

Take your new customized exhaust and try to pre-fit it on your bike prior to installation to make sure it will fit perfectly around all the other parts of the motorcycle. Make sure that when you choose a location for your new exhaust that you do not block off the oil pan or other crucial parts that has to remain accessible. It is also suggested to fit around the clutch of your motorcycle. But most importantly, make sure that when you install your customized motorcycle exhaust that you will be able to ride comfortably.

Step 2 – Check Clearance

Check for enough clearance from other areas of the motorcycle. Under seat exhausts give off too much heat, so don't let the exhaust touch the seat frame or be very close to the tires or wire harness.

Step 3 – Loosen the Bolts

Use your wrench to loosen the bolts that connects and secures the exhaust from the motor. Make sure to use the proper sized wrench and not to strip these because once these bolts are stripped then they will be prone to strip in the future. Have someone support the exhaust while you are removing your old exhaust. You may be replacing this with a new one, but it would be good to keep this old exhaust just in case you will need to put it back in the future.

Step 4 – Detach the Components

Detach the muffler and its components plus any other additional brackets. As soon as the muffler is off, it means most of the weight if already of the pipes. You can now work on the head pipes and get them off too. Use lubricant to get the muffler off if it is hard to remove.

Step 5 – Detach the Pipes

Detach the head pipes and then the old exhaust gasket. Inspect for any defects, nicks and other repairable problems on the rim now that the pipes are off since as soon as you put back everything in its place it will be hard to go back to this.

Step 6 – Follow the Diagram

Study the installation diagram of your new exhaust and lay out all the attachment parts where you could see them. A clutter-free worktable is the best way to put them with a lot of lighting. Size up the parts on to your frame and then fit the exhaust pipes on your motorcycle to test the fit.

Step 7 – Place the Gaskets

Gently put back and slide the gaskets and head pipes into place and hand tighten. Gently put back and slide the muffler in place. Once in place, start tightening all other attachments to the exhaust. You can now tighten the head bolts to secure the part of the bike.