akrapovic stuck baffle question
I just purchased an 05 DL1000. It has a set of akrapovic cans on it. According to the previous owner, they have been on it for about 4 years. I would like to remove the baffles/dampers, to see if it helps power/throttle response w/o being ridiculously loud. However, since the damper has not been removed in 4 years, it seems to be "carboned" in. Akrapovic warns, on their website, to be very careful what you use to clean the pipes as they stain/discolor easily, so I don't want to just spray in a bunch of penetrating oil w/o knowing if that is advisable. I have tried clamping a couple of needle nose vise grips 180 degrees apart and tapping on them gently, with no luck. Any move force and it seems they will bend and get ugly quick.
I would like to remove them w/o damaging them, in case I would like to put them back in.
Any ideas, advice? Maybe leave it alone as the performance is no better, or because it will be way too loud??? Or maybe, Rip them puppies out! You won't believe the difference and you would never want to put them back in once you experience them out.
Been lurking on the site for a few days. Tons of good information.
Thank you, kindly.