Modifying motorcycle exhaust baffles is one of the most challenging and beneficial modifications. The baffle modification can create an impressive increase in your motorbike’s performance with some simple tools and a few minor changes to the baffles.
Types of Motorcycle Exhaust Baffles
There are two different types of motorcycle exhaust baffles: hang-on exhaust baffles and slip-on exhaust baffles.
Hang-on exhaust baffles are attached to the bike’s exhaust pipe with a series of bolts, and they’re designed to reduce noise and emissions while improving performance. They typically come in the form of an aluminum tube with a series of holes drilled into it.
Slip-on exhaust baffles are used to reduce the noise coming out of your bike’s muffler. They can be made from steel or aluminum, and they attach directly to the end of your muffler’s tube. Slip-on exhaust baffles are great for reducing noise pollution when riding in a city environment or near residential areas.
Why Is A Motorcycle Exhaust Baffle Important?
Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or just planning to buy your first bike, it’s essential to know what a motorcycle exhaust baffle does and why you need one.
A motorcycle exhaust baffle is essential to your bike’s exhaust system. It helps minimize noise pollution, increases power output, and protects the engine from damage caused by high temperatures.
Here’s how it works: The baffle is essentially a tube that connects to the end of the muffler and directs exhaust gases away from the other parts of your engine—specifically, its valves and pistons. This keeps those parts at a lower temperature so they can function correctly. It also prevents them from being exposed to excessive heat and pressure that could damage or destroy them if left unchecked.
Additionally, because a baffle directs exhaust gases away from these parts, it reduces the amount of noise produced by your bike when you ride it at high speeds or accelerate quickly. This means that if you live in an area where loud noises are prohibited (like near schools), having a muffler with an effective baffle will help keep you out of trouble!
The Disadvantages of Changing Your Motorcycle’s Baffle
Changing your motorcycle’s baffle is a great way to customize your bike, but there are some disadvantages to keep in mind.
1. Changing the baffle can void your warranty. If you’re uncomfortable with this possibility, you might want to stick with the stock baffle.
2. Changing your bike’s baffle can be complicated and time-consuming. You might need help from a professional mechanic if you aren’t familiar with motorcycles!
3. You might not even like the sound of your new muffler! Motorcycles have different sounds that appeal to other people, so if you’re unsure whether you’ll like them, it’s probably best not to mess with them at all!
What You Will Need when Modifying Motorcycle Exhaust Baffles?
The first thing you’ll want is a pipe wrench. This tool will be used to remove and tighten the bolts on your exhaust system. A socket wrench set is also helpful for removing bolts from exhaust systems.
If you have trouble getting the tape off the pipes, spray them with WD-40 or another solvent cleaner before you start working on them. This will make it easier to remove any residual adhesive that may be left behind after removal without damaging the finish of your pipes.
Finally, you’ll need an angle grinder to cut off any parts of your pipes that are too large to fit through each other when they are put back together correctly after a modification has been done (if necessary).
How To Change Your Motorcycle Exhaust Baffle?
Changing the baffle on your bike will help you eliminate that annoying sound and get your motorcycle running like new again.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Remove the old baffle by unscrewing it from the exhaust pipe or header so that it comes off easily when you pull on it.
2. Clean out any gunk that has accumulated in the bottom of the baffle using a wire brush or other tool to clean out small spaces. This will ensure your new baffle doesn’t get blocked immediately!
3. Screw your new baffle by hand until it gets tight against the header or exhaust pipe, then use an adjustable wrench to tighten it down completely (make sure not to over-tighten!).
As you can see, a baffle modification is a relatively simple project, provided that you follow the instructions on how to do it. The materials I listed above was necessary for my build, but you may need to modify the frequency of some of them. This is because different exhaust systems will require other things. Once you’re done building it, all left is to install it on your bike and test it out!