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Old 08-18-2019, 11:13 AM
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Rebuilt this for a friend and the exhaust cover bolts vibrated out. Is it necessary to have this on? I can use the red loctite (and I have to find replacement bolts donít know the thread size - itís at their place) if necessary.... but if it can be left off would prefer that.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:19 AM
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ITs a heat shield.. It helps when you tryng to get a hot motor restarted or just working on it when its running... A small touch of that hot exhaust and itll change your mind about having it...

Carefully take off the muffler when cold(so as to not rip the exhaust gasket.... take it to the hardware store and get new screws...
Theyll be metric...

Higher heat locktite would be good.. but red will do...
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:31 AM
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Ok thanks McKutzy! I agree. At least the kid can run it around until I get over there in the next day or so to put it back on and cure the Loctite.
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You could allways wire the cover on aswell....
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You could always run with it off, keeping all operators apprised that basically anything on a hot engine is bad news. It's just another product of our over-safety-labeled society.


Do those screw holes penetrate into the muffler body and/or allow exhaust gases to vent if they're not plugged? Anyone?
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:30 AM
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Thanks Hellion! I did get some red loctite and some replacement bolts..........but unfortunately the top holes on the muffler were a bit stripped from vibrating out. Forgot to put the replacement bolts in on the side..............going to try that today. Those are probably stripped too .
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The bolt holes are through the outer case into the chamber...
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:42 AM
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I was told this morning the cover fell off again. LOL. I think all the holes were too stripped for the loctitie to even do its job. Just leaving that cover off permanently. Its not worth me retapping new holes just to keep that cover on.
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Weld a nut to it... or just get a new exhaust, they are cheap......
OR do nothing...
Also....or
Make a custom exhaust using the stock flange.....
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Nah.......its not my cart. Its for a friend's 13 year old. Not worth messing with anymore and running over there 100 times. They know its a hot area and to stay away. Clearly Predator didn't quite Engineer that well enough. Should have had lockwashers as well as Red Loctite on all 4 of those exhaust cover screws.
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