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I am a beginner so this might sound dumb, but I am having problems installing the slip on exhaust for my '05. I've searched, but haven't found anything.

Everything is fine except for one thing...the backet Akra sends with the kit that mounts at the header to hook the spring onto the mid pipe. I removed the screw the instructions said to remove (Red Arrow), but when you try to install the bracket behind the rubber washer, there's a part of the header that gets in the way (Small yellow arrow). It's a welded triangle support. When I put the little bracket in the place the instructions tell me to, it won't let me tighten down the screw correctly. It's hard to explain, but I know someone with the exhaust might know what I am talking about.

Again I am new to bikes, so this could be a stupid post. That bracket might not even be for my year Zx10, but the instructions say for 04-05. :dontknow:

I can't find my camera cord to load pictures, this is the best I can do using someone else's...as soon as I can get better pictures I will.



Also, if I can't figure this out, would it be safe to run the exhaust without the spring attaching the midpipe to the header. Is the clamp enough? Right now it looks like this...clamped down obviously but not using the spring.



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yea a couple members mentioned this awhile back but yes the dogbone like brkt is for your bike so no worries. I know the exact issue your having and if my feeble memory serves me i recall bending it outward (away from pipe) in order to get by the support and it worked fine but don't quote me on this.
you could go without it as the clamp and the rear passenger peg brkt is enough to secure it.

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Thanks guys. Yeah my friend said why don't I just bend the bracket. It's hard to explain without looking at it, but even bending it I still can't see how it would work. When I get it positioned the way the directions say to, the bracket prys the header away from the part of the frame it attaches to. I can't get everything to fit against each other flush. Big daddy, do you still have the bike? If you get a chance can you take a picture of how you did it. Or if anyone else can take a picture of what they did, that would help too. Thanks again.

Otherwise I'll just use the clamp. The stock muffler was only held on by a clamp, so like you said I'm sure that will do.
 

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Thanks guys. Yeah my friend said why don't I just bend the bracket. It's hard to explain without looking at it, but even bending it I still can't see how it would work. When I get it positioned the way the directions say to, the bracket prys the header away from the part of the frame it attaches to. I can't get everything to fit against each other flush. Big daddy, do you still have the bike? If you get a chance can you take a picture of how you did it. Or if anyone else can take a picture of what they did, that would help too. Thanks again.

Otherwise I'll just use the clamp. The stock muffler was only held on by a clamp, so like you said I'm sure that will do.
i no longer have my 04(which apparently is diff) so i'm of no help here.

Is it possible to shim it outward to gain the necessary space to bypass it??

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Here's a better picture showing what I mean...

They say to install the bracket behind the round washer (Red Arrow), but the part with the yellow arrow is blocking it. I don't think bending it will work, because then the header and frame won't line up flush to be able to be tightened down by the bolt. Because of the high tension of the spring, shouldn't the bracket be straight too?...eh I don't know. If anyone can give me some info that would be great, if not I just won't use that spring. Thanks again.
 

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I actually ran mine without the little t bone for a while for some reason. Like BD said it's really not necassary, the hanger and the clamp are enough to hold it on. If you can get it to work fine, but don't strees if you can't.
 

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I think I just flipped the bracket thing around. Seems to work fine for me. Or maybe I did the same as b_silva2000.... I'll check tomorrow... But by then you'll have probably come up with your own solution.

Good luck and enjoy the pipe. It'll sound a bit better after a few miles loosen it up. :wink:



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b_silva2000, awesome thank you. The bike is in my dad's garage so I can't go try that now, but I will tomorrow. I was going to run it without the spring, but that should work. Probably wasn't a big deal, but I would rather be safe and ask than to screw something up. Someone might find this helpful in the future when searching the board too. Everyone else, thank you all for the help!

Loosen up eh? Yeah, because I was actually really surprised how quiet it was when I started the bike. I thought a straight-thru muffler like that would be louder. I'll have to wait till April to find out :sad:
 

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bout time this guy posted some useful help :spit::heyyou:

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haha good one BD. I help if I can :wink:

I think I just flipped the bracket thing around. Seems to work fine for me. Or maybe I did the same as b_silva2000.... I'll check tomorrow... But by then you'll have probably come up with your own solution.

Good luck and enjoy the pipe. It'll sound a bit better after a few miles loosen it up. :wink:



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And yes it will "loosen up" I too was surprised by how quite it was when i first installed it. It actually took a few weeks to loosen up for me. O ya btw, it will shoot flames out the back :mrgreen: I didn't know that until a friend who was behind me at night pointed it out. Just got the PCIII installed and different maps shoot larger flames haha. Have fun with it, it has a really nice tone when broken in

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I had the same issue with the little dog bone and I remember forcing things and ending up breaking my rear brake lever when it got caught somewhere in there!! Ouch. Anyway, I ended up removing it completely (the little dog bone) and never had any issues since then.
 
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