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post #1 of 4 Old 10-31-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Exhaust - how hard

I am thinking of putting a two brothers exhaust 3/4 system on my 2008. It looks like it might be difficult to get to all the flanges to remove the old exhaust and install the new exhaust. How hard is it to do this?

Also, I have a bellypan. Will this interfere with the new exhaust?

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I am thinking of putting a two brothers exhaust 3/4 system on my 2008. It looks like it might be difficult to get to all the flanges to remove the old exhaust and install the new exhaust. How hard is it to do this?

Also, I have a bellypan. Will this interfere with the new exhaust?
While I have no experience with the 3/4 TB's exhaust, I DID recently replace my stock head pipes with new ones(old ones were badly corroded) and then installed an Akrapovic slip-on so my work was even more involved than what you intend to do. You will have to remove the bellypan to get at the head pipe clamps which should be quite easy to do if you don't mind getting on your back and removing a few fasteners. Personally, I see this as a positive task as you'll be able to get under the bottom of the bike and take a look...plus make sure the bellypan fasteners have done their job....might find one missing. If you must loosen the head pipes for the installation, you'll have to remove the rear shock which is not so difficult if you have the tools. You'll need such tools as wobbly socket extensions to make an angle turn...ratchet, 3/8 torque wrench that reads in low torque range( you can get by just fine if you have a feel for torque), a long shank #2 screwdriver for assistance in aligning holes to start bolts, small LED flashlight, a tube of anti-seize or green thread locker, deep dish metric sockets, standard depth metric sockets, rags or shop towels, channel-locks, possibly rust buster spray, a spring pulling tool if your new exhaust uses springs. BTW, if you DO need to remove the rear shock, it will come out from the bottom....takes a little maneuvering, but it will come out by levering the wheel up and down as you work. Be patient and it helps if you have a friend handy for muscle.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-01-2012, 03:40 AM
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i just replaced my exhaust on a 2012 650 and it took half hour to remove the old one and half hour to put the new one on went very easy
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From what I can tell (and the 2bros exhaust that came with my Vee), you don't have to touch the head pipes. The only systems I see on their web site are slip-ons.

There's a clamp on each side about where the exhaust passes the swingarm, then a bolt through each passenger peg and one mounting bolt on each side.

A half-hour, one-beer job, tops.


Then you'll need to install and retune with a Power Commander. That will probably take longer.


Keep the stockers around for a while... all the 2bros stuff I've heard is louder than the very hammers of Hades. Even with ear plugs, a pounding headache is guaranteed with every ride.

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