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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2007, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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well, i just drilled out the rivets on two exhaust tips. now i just slide the tips off, right? wrong. i have seen none of this "sliding off" of the tips. i've pulled, pushed, twisted, cried on them, spilled some blood on them, i even tried orange juice... nothing. not a budge. i've bent 3 screwdrivers already and i still have yet to move them. i can see that the tips are very thin and i haven't damaged them, so that's a relief. wtf am i not doing? is there some magic glue that holds these things on or something? please help me before i throw them out my window.

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hmmm...sounds bad. having never done this, i cannot offer any short-term relief.


however, when my ship comes in and i get the slash tips, i'll have something for you.


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Dude, the tips are very tight. You need to use a rubber mallet and tap at the tips on an angle to get them off.

An easier way is to us a piece of wood and place the plank of wood in the gap between the tips. Gently tap at the piece of wood whilst holding the tips. Tap gently as the stainless steel is very thin and warp easily.

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hmmm...sounds bad. having never done this, i cannot offer any short-term relief.


however, when my ship comes in and i get the slash tips, i'll have something for you.
free?

i'm still trying to sell my damn kona. ugh.

so i'm gonna need some wood wedges and a rubber mallet. ugh. i guess i'm gonna have to take these things to work with me tomorrow. ugh.

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When you drilled out the rivets, did you make sure that there is none of the rivet left holding the tips in place? If you just drilled the heads off, the rivet shafts may be still there. Depending on the age of the mufflers, there may be some corrosion sticking them together as well.

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no, i made sure that there is no rivet left. i got them to move, but only about a millimeter. i'm gonna take them to work and see what i can do there. otherwise, i'm just gonna tape them off and spray them black.

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This is the special tool my local dealership seems to use quite often!!
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no, i made sure that there is no rivet left. i got them to move, but only about a millimeter. i'm gonna take them to work and see what i can do there. otherwise, i'm just gonna tape them off and spray them black.
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you need to drink at least 6 beers before attemping any of the aforementioned suggestions.

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When you drilled out the rivets, did you make sure that there is none of the rivet left holding the tips in place? If you just drilled the heads off, the rivet shafts may be still there. Depending on the age of the mufflers, there may be some corrosion sticking them together as well.
This is what I was thinking. I just got through removing and refinishing my own tips and there were 2 of them which gave me this problem and in both cases I found just a little bit of rivet shaft down in there holding it on. Even then I used a twist back and forth and pull technique to get them to budge.

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This is the special tool my local dealership seems to use quite often!!
you like sledge hammers, don't you? you've suggested them on several occasions.


i've looked at all the rivet holes and there are no signs of any rivet shafts or anything having to do with a rivet. i tried banging on it with a rubber mallet, still nothing. i'm about to give up and just tape them off and spray them black.

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