Camchain and tensioner seen up close in a cutaway bike engine

Home Repair And RestorationThe Battle Of The Exhaust... - By Ren Withnell

Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 6 - Success!

WAHOO!!

Look at these pictures.  Thems is pictures of my 125 on the road again.  Them is pictures of the artful bodger at work, making and mending, rather than spending cash.  You can see in the first image there's a shiny piece of pipe with rings on it...that's the flexible exhaust tubing.  To the left is the black pipe, the riginal silencer.  This was a very tight fit, so I've not even bothered to clamp this end, there's no risk of it coming back out.  The left end of the stainless is connected to the original stainless header pipe.  Now that was too loose, so I'm made a clamp out of a pice of metal I had lying around and used exhaust putty to fill the rest.  Works fine. 

Bodged and repaired CLR 125 Exhaust using flexible stainless steel tube
I've basically replaced a short section of the original pipe with the shiny bit...

The bike appears to be running fine.  It took a while for the tickover to settle down, but I guess when you've disturbed everything it takes a while to settle down to it's now positions and settings.  Of course it will take a while for the paranoia to settle down, I'm riding around now waiting for that horrible grinding noise of something giving out in the engine or something falling off. 

Bodged and repaired CLR 125 Exhaust using flexible stainless steel tube
The exhaust seen from under the wheelarch. You can clearly see the flexible stainless tube.

You may notice from the above picture another bodge.  Just infront of the new pipe there's a piece of rubber.  It's actually an old inner tube held in place with a few bolts into the airbox and the chainguard.  It's to protect the suspension linkage and the bottom part of the shock from the relentless water and mud flung from the rear wheel.  It doesn't keep it clean and dry, but it does prtect it from direct attack.

Hopefully...this is the end of this story...if there's more i'll tell you... 

Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 1
Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 2
Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 3
Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 4
Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 5
Battle Of The Exhaust - Day 6 - Success!
CLR 125 Exhaust Converted - At LAST!

Reader's Comments

Ren Editor said :-
Well I've put another couple of thousand miles on the bike now and it's still running! I needed to shim the exhaust to get a good seal between the header and the new section. Running good now, just passed it's MOT with the pipe as is...sorted.
01/01/2000 12:00:00 UTC

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