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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, what is the best way to connect the header pipe to exhaust. Mine leak event after I "Cranked the nut hard". I noticed silicone when I took off the old ones. The service book says to use it. Is this the best way? Is silicone that is good to 600 degrees good or will it melt. Is a little escaped exhaust bad? It says to let it dry well, overnight before you start up.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 03:23 PM
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The Dealer replaced my Header pipes, under warranty blueing, before I took it off the floor, when I bought it new. They have "leaked" at the Mufflers since. Don't seem to have any problems - 13K miles now. I haven't bothered to think, consider, or worry about it - till this post. "Thanks for that Berk."

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George, smear some RTV "high tempurature" silicone sealer (available at any auto parts store) on the header pipe and inside the muffler fitting. Twist into place and snug down the fittings. It's best to let it sit overnight to set up.
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Any GE silicone will take all the heat your exhaust system can put out. I used the old GE silicone 1 on my BSA headers at the header/head junction (they were slip in the head headers) and the silicone took the heat and lasted for years even when the header pipes would turn cherry red out 4 to 6 inches from the head.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Sounds like the Silicone is ok . I get the bike back from my dealer in SF. Had no power on the left cylinder at low end. They shimed the neddles, but the big find was that the piolt jet was clogged. Should I run a fuel filter. If so what type?. The ones at cycle Gear for $2 seem so funky. Maybe Brent has a chrome one with a Brit flag on it! Just kidding Brent.

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There is a filter. It is inside the "T" on the common pipe between the carbies. I took off the hose from the tank and pulled the filter out and threw it away. The hole with the filter in was only 1/8" or slightly larger the pipe is 5/16" After a long run a t full throttle mine was running out of fuel. Switching to reserve it took 15 seconds or so to start running properly again.
The filter was slightly blocked.
I replaced it with an aluminium screw together job which was about $15.
It doesn't run out on fast runs. I still can't keep up with a Fireblade though.


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