How to Change Your Motorcycle Exhaust for Better Performance

Why Install Aftermarket Exhausts on Your Motorcycle?

Just like breathing, it’s better this way.

There are several reasons why people replace stock motorcycle mufflers with aftermarket parts. Whether it’s due to a damaged or worn-out OEM muffler, or the desire for premium materials and reduced weight for better performance, changing the exhaust is a common modification. Let’s dive into the process.

How to Install a Motorcycle Exhaust

Step 1: Read the Instructions!

Earning an engineering degree is tough for a reason. It takes a lot of knowledge and skill to create something as complex as a motorcycle. Each part exists for a reason, so diving in without understanding what you’re doing is never a good idea. While this step-by-step guide provides an overview, it doesn’t replace the factory service manual or the instructions that come with your new aftermarket exhaust. Read both thoroughly!

Note: Installation times for a new aftermarket motorcycle muffler will differ from the process of removing the stock exhaust, so pay attention to the differences between factory and aftermarket parts.

Step 2: Loosen the Connection Joint

The muffler connects to the head pipes in various ways. For our BMW F 800, the muffler is secured with a spring clip system. Your bike might use a standard band clamp or a flange with a gasket. The method differs between manufacturers, models, and years, so your connection might look slightly different. Regardless, the first step is to loosen that connection to prepare the mufflers for removal.

Step 3: Loosen the Muffler Bracket

Just like the connection joint, muffler brackets vary depending on the motorcycle. On the F 800, the muffler is fixed with a torx bolt. While your setup might differ, the basic principle remains the same. The bracket supports the muffler’s weight and prevents it from causing noise.

Ensure you properly support the muffler while loosening the bracket to avoid it shaking or hitting other parts of the bike.

Tip: A neat shop is a stress-free shop. Keep track of all parts you remove, and place fasteners in a safe location to avoid losing them.

Step 4: Remove the Muffler from the Motorcycle

They call them “slip-ons” for a reason. In theory, mufflers should slide off easily. However, this isn’t always the case, and you might need to use some force to remove them from their settled position.

Store the original muffler in a safe place, as original parts are useful if you plan to sell the bike in the future.

Step 5: Slide the New Muffler onto the Header Pipe

Now, reverse the steps you’ve already completed. When connecting a new muffler to your bike’s head pipe, proceed with caution. These parts are precisely designed, so avoid forcing anything into place. If you encounter resistance, reassess your method.

Step 6: Attach the New Muffler

Generally, mufflers are attached either with brackets or clamps. Brackets connect the muffler to the bike, while band clamps act as holsters that tighten around the muffler. Regardless of your bike’s style, read the instructions provided with your new muffler carefully, as they might differ from the stock setup. For example, the Remus exhaust on our bike requires an additional O-ring to maintain the correct distance between the canister and the bike.

Tip: Tighten everything with your fingers first to ensure proper alignment. Misaligned parts that are fully tightened can cause damage or, at the very least, add frustration and time to undo the mistake.

Once everything is aligned, reattach the necessary springs, flanges, or gasket clamps to secure the muffler to the head pipe. Avoid over-torquing, and always refer to the factory service manual and aftermarket instructions for exact specifications.

Step 7: Clean the Muffler

With the new muffler installed, resist the urge to immediately start the bike. During installation, oils from your hands have likely transferred to the muffler. These need to be cleaned off thoroughly to prevent permanent staining when the muffler heats up.

Tip: Be extra careful around end caps, especially if they are made of carbon fiber. Always use a clean cloth, as any dirt can scratch the carbon fiber finish.

Step 8: Check for Leaks

Now you can start the bike and enjoy the new exhaust sound! However, before riding, check for leaks around the slip-on base and the top of the headers. There should be no exhaust fumes escaping from these areas. If there are, something is not properly installed.

You can use your hands to check for leaks, but be cautious! Hot motorcycle pipes can cause burns.

A Note on DB Killers

DB killers are inserts that go at the end of the muffler to reduce noise. Some exhausts come with them, and some don’t. They may be removable or fixed. Follow the specific instructions for your exhaust regarding DB killers.

Legal Considerations

Always check local laws before making aftermarket modifications, especially exhausts. The modifications discussed here are intended for race vehicles that cannot be used, registered, or licensed for street use.

Installing a new motorcycle muffler is a relatively simple task that doesn’t require extensive technical know-how but significantly enhances your bike’s aesthetics and sound. While your bike may differ from the model used here, these general steps are likely applicable.


This article is for illustrative purposes only. Information provided is based on web-sourced content, and any false or misleading information is not our responsibility. Consult a professional before applying any information from this article.


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How to Change Your Motorcycle Exhaust for Better Performance


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