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post #1 of 4 Old 01-16-2019, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Removing the Exhaust System

My bike came w/ a Gianelli exhaust system, and while its pretty and sounds nice, it is an interference fit with a factory center stand and it looks like it will be a problem fitting a skid plate. Since I think the center stand is more important to me than a pretty exhaust system, I'm going to remove it and put the OEM one back on.

What major components do I have to remove in order to swap these ex systems? The manual wants me to remove the body panels and rear shock. Is it necessary to pull the shock absorber? How do I support the bike w/ no shock? Right now it is held upright by a rear stand that engages small aluminum spools on the rear wheel axle. It almost looks like removing the tank is necessary but the manual does not mention this.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-16-2019, 01:17 PM
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Don't have any experience with your after market exhaust, but with my Arrow racing collector (cat removed) and Mivv slip-on I did not remove the shock. If you need to, you can support the rear of the bike with chains or straps to an overhead joist or similar.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-16-2019, 09:22 PM
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Seems I removed my shock when the bike was on the centerstand with no issues.
Ah, you seems to be centerstandless. Therein lies the problem. You need a sky hook.
I've hung bikes from the rafters of the garage before.
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A strong step ladder straddling the back of the bike using ratchet straps to lift and hold. I use a commercial AL folding step ladder rated at 300lbs.
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