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Newly mounted RG3's are crooked - help!

As you can see from the pic below, my newly mounted RG3's are crooked, with the left side being lower than the right side.

Any advice on how to straighten them out?
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i think that's gonna be tough.

the exhaust can is held to the bike by one attachement point - a hanger, which you can see in your photo between the #1 & #2 flutes. the other attachment point is is to the exhaust system @ the mid pipe. there is a third bracket - a small wing like plate - that goes between the two cans. it's under the pipes, where the fender/license plate is.

you can try to loosen up the wing, and the hanger, move the pipes a little, and then tighten up the bolts. honeslty, i don't think that will do much since the attachment points are not slotted, but it might be worth a try.

also, you might want to see how the pipes exit from the cans. it might just be slight variations in how the tips are positioned. and in that case, i think your options are really limited - unless you want someone to remove the tips, bend the tabs they are held by, and then reattach them.

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I have had this as well, try moving the midpipe forwards or backwards then clamping it, I know it sounds odd but it does alter them

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My standard exhausts are crooked in exactly the same way.

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this was the case on my RG3s...
correction procedure is as follows.

1. Tell spouse you will in the garage for a while, working on the bike.
2. Open a beer and drink about half of it while pondering your situation.
3. Drink the remaining portion of beer.
4. Ponder some more and while noticing that your chain may need adjustment.
5. Open another beer.
6. Stand at the back of the bike.
7. Firmly grasp the left outlet with your left hand.
8. Frimly grasp the right outlet with your right hand.
Note: steps 7 and 8 require you to place the beer in a secure location other than your hand.
9. In a gentle but firm motion, apply a twising motion to pull up on the left and down on the right. DOnt worry, you will not bend any pipes. It takes quite a bit of force to bend pipe of that diameter.
10. repeat this process until the pipes are straight.

Since the pipes are all slip fit and there are no provisions for adjustments, this simply moves the pipes along the joints and connections where they want to and have the ability to move. Because the joints are not fixed, this pressure or tweaking sets them in the correct place. This simple technique would be same as diassembly, turning the mid pipe 5 degrees or whatever and reassembly. Takes less time and it works.

11. Drink several more beers while admiring your handywork.

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See, most problems can be solved with libreral application of beer.

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I agree with Lewdog on the correction method. Also, you need to get a Ducati license plate frame and make the plate look neat if you care that much.

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For any that hasn't already....
Number 1 should be ...
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Number 2
Walmart/Tescos to fully stock it prior to even contemplating working on the exhausts!!!....cos what ever you do on your bike....its a long job!!
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Forgot most important part.....locate refrigerator in garage, preferably in close proximity to MV...and armchair!!!
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Originally Posted by lewdog998
this was the case on my RG3s...
correction procedure is as follows.

1. Tell spouse you will in the garage for a while, working on the bike.
2. Open a beer and drink about half of it while pondering your situation.
3. Drink the remaining portion of beer.
4. Ponder some more and while noticing that your chain may need adjustment.
5. Open another beer.
6. Stand at the back of the bike.
7. Firmly grasp the left outlet with your left hand.
8. Frimly grasp the right outlet with your right hand.
Note: steps 7 and 8 require you to place the beer in a secure location other than your hand.
9. In a gentle but firm motion, apply a twising motion to pull up on the left and down on the right. DOnt worry, you will not bend any pipes. It takes quite a bit of force to bend pipe of that diameter.
10. repeat this process until the pipes are straight.

Since the pipes are all slip fit and there are no provisions for adjustments, this simply moves the pipes along the joints and connections where they want to and have the ability to move. Because the joints are not fixed, this pressure or tweaking sets them in the correct place. This simple technique would be same as diassembly, turning the mid pipe 5 degrees or whatever and reassembly. Takes less time and it works.

11. Drink several more beers while admiring your handywork.


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