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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-14-2005, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Good evening to you all, I finally got around to installing my new Honda muffler. I never bothered to take a mental note on how my old holey muffler hung in camparision to the right side muffler. I installed the new muffler on the left sideand found out that the new muffler comes really close to the black tube for the saddle bag support system at the very rear of the bike. I cannot run my finger through the space between the leftrear part of themuffler and that black tube at the rearand yet my finger will easily fit between the space between the muffler and the black tube at the rear on the right side? My bike has never been in an accident so no bent tubes ect. My question for anyone who has changed mufflers, is if anyone has ever had to rebend that welded bracket on the muffler to get it to hang in a better fashion. As I look at the back of my bike, my mufflers hang with the left side exhaust tip hanginga little higher and closer to that black support tube for the side saddle bagthan the right side. I know over time I will forget about this slight imprefection. Curious if your exhaust tips hang in a balanced fashion or is there a slight difference between sides? I am thinking about putting a pair of wide metal bender vise grips on that bracket and giving it a rebend to see if I can alter the hanging position of the muffler tips to match the right side. One would think that coming from a factory the specs would be easily matched. Maybe they always hung a little different and I just did not notice because of my dark shades and loud music?P.S. It was sure nice to go for my first quick ride of the summer, now I will have to just get all my tupperware on and I will be cruisin, Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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sorry I forgot to add, it is a 91 se 1500.
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I don't know what model Goldwing you have, on the 1500 the tabs on top of the muffler go on the inside of the mount, the bolt goes in first from the outside then the tab on the inside and then the nut. It might be possible to reverse them if you tried to put the mounting tabs on the outside of the frame. I don't know if this applies to other models.

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Hi Exavid, it is a 91 SE, and I would not be able to put the tabs on the outside. I measured the difference between the top ofeach muffler exhaust(smaller diameter)portion directly below the black tube (side saddle bag frame)on both sides. The right side muffleris hanginga ½ inch lower (more space between the top ofmuffler and black tube frame. I may add that the black tube (side saddle bag frame) at the front where the shocks are located, the distance between the black tube frame and this part of the muffler (bigger diameter section) are equal in distance on each side. Somewhere along the wayback tothe rear it goes wacky a bit. I was staring at those welded mounting tabs on the muffler and if I were to bend the one out (left side and higher hanging), this would cause the muffler endto rotate a bit, but actual lowering might berealized by how much isunknown and by a ½ an inch doubtful. One of these mmmmmmm moments where the lawn chair is waiting for meto find my thinking cap and sit down. The bracket on the old muffler seems to be the same but is the bend the same not sure, and I do not want to put the old one back on to quench my curiosity.Maybe after getting all my tupperware on I will not notice thisand a few miles of riding I will forget about this, but right now it front and centre in my mind. Maybe I will have toget the wife made at me and I will forget about this little problem.
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Is it possible to file out the hole on the muffler brakcet on the tight side? That might give it enough wiggle room to get it right.

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