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  1. Thats one helluva shot! Where was that taken? My kind of riding area. Lucky you. Enjoy.
  2. I tried finding lever files but never could. I wanted spares to keep in my pack. Ended up getting Tusk levers for $9 each. I have some cool ideas on paper but sadly no CAD skills.
  3. My loudest bike ever was a 1978 RM125. Repacked that several times. The whole thing was held together with a big snap ring. I wish the Beta muffler used bolts but probably won't do this again anyway.
  4. I'm at 82 hrs and 1900mi. Hoping once it burns in it may quiet down some. I'll update after I get to ride it beyond the neighborhood. I've always thought the same- why can't they design these with chambers instead of packing. I'm sure its weight and overall performance. I read a cool article once about computer generated muffler design. It looked at the engine and exhaust system as a whole and generated a muffler baffle placement designed to cancel frequencies of the exhaust. Cool, but NASA level shit and many years away.
  5. Well this may have been a huge hassle for no gain. Seems just as loud. Hopefully after the pillow fabric burns off it will quiet down some. Time will tell. Changed oil and filter and will take it for a spin.
  6. Sure, would only need to cut the perf core to fit. It's got a good taper and points up so may need to tweak that. Hah! Use it every day at work... on everything. Love it.
  7. Cut the new pillow to length. Cut angles on the pillow to fit the front cap then wrapped it. The perf core angles up so used the leftover pillow scrap strips to fill the bottom. Wrapped it in tape then added some heavy foil (no idea if this will do anything but the original was reflective inside) if anything it helped slide it in. Went together fairly easy and re-riveted it. I'll install it and see how she sounds.
  8. Reused the thin stuff at the end and added some new.
  9. Local Beta dealer says $130 and on backorder. That's crazy for such a small amount of packing. The rear section was 85% intact so I'll just add some there. The front section is like 8-10" long. I just bought some generic FMF "everlast" packing. Get the long/continuous fiber stuff. The front section has the leverage of the pipe so I just tapped it back and forth with a dead blow working it loose. I can tell you this muffler, even with the pipe is light! I put an E2 on my WR and no way it's this light. Dealer says the FMF Q works better than stock but is just as loud. I'll try this first.
  10. Victory! Letting it soak overnight did the trick. The center divider is welded to the end. I was able to use a 2x2 to tap it out. There's a very thin (1/4") piece of foil backed packing around the rear section. I checked and saw prices from $75-120 for Betas kit so won't be buying OEM. Tim Pilg with Beta got back to me (try that with Honda hah!) but unfortunately didn't have much more info. I wish I had a picture of the muffler guts beforehand. I would have beat it out yesterday. This should be in the manual! This makes this task much easier now I know where to smack it. Something I noticed: muffler is stamped "Arrow screen type spark arrestor" yet there is NO screen inside. Hmmm. Maybe because the flow needs to change direction inside is sufficient? Hope this helps anyyone hesitant to tear into their Beta mufflers. I sure was.
  11. I don't understand that Kran. There's packing on both sides of the center divider. Can you explain further? Thanks
  12. That's a good idea. I was hoping the aluminum expanding faster than the endcap would do it, thus the torch. The freezing adds another layer of expansion. The geometry of the end cap makes it really hard to grab. I'd have to take it to work for a vise that big. Hopefully after soaking overnight it may pop loose. Re: the packing, it was basically all gone. It was about 2" long packed in the end cap. The picture I showed was all that was left. Seeing how empty this thing was, I'm excited to get it repacked fo see how quiet it gets. The older I get, the more being loud bugs me. We all get so much bad press from a few bad apples and idiot Sierra Clubbers that we won't have anywhere to ride soon. Hoping to do my part. So, anybody else repacked their mufflers? Please share.
  13. I've repacked quite a few. Sometimes the rtv silicone is a bitch. This would be easier if there was something to grab. I don't want to just pound on the center divider without talking to someone because I can't afford a new one.
  14. As soon as I brought up the topic he just shook his head at me and said "don't even try" Lol. I have to do everything the hard way. I had some Silent Sport packing but turns out it's too small (likely 2T) so I'll check pricing on the OEM. It seems good stuff- reflective woven wrap around long strand fiber. Entire rear section packing gone and only remaining in front was in the end cap. For now I've soaked the joints in penetrating oil and will try again tomorrow
  15. Trying to be a good steward to the sport and want to repack the stock muffler (14' 520RS). I was warned not to attempt this by the local Beta dealer because it's such a bitch. But it's a rainy day and on my list. Plus I've "got an awesome set of tools" so figured WTH. I've searched high and low for any muffler data on this bike and have never seen a repack. Drilled the rivets (ss, use a cobalt bit!), soaked the end caps in tri-flow and started walloping with a dead blow hammer. The headpiece side came off with quite a bit of effort. This can has a divider so the packing is 2 short pieces on each end. The core is tapered and goes the whole length of the muffler. There is nothing to grab on the end cap. There is a small spot I could fish a wooden dowel through to a semi flat spot on the end cap. Pounded the dowel on the concrete (Hard) and it splintered. Cap didn't budge. Heated the aluminum muffler can around the end cap with a torch and tried again. Splintered another dowel. Then I tried hitting the divider, thinking it's part of the end cap assembly but no go. The only thing I can think of now is to spot weld a stud on it to grab with a slide hammer. Or just re-rivet the end and just replace the first section packing but that sucks. I'll contact Tim at Beta and see if he has any advice. Has anyone repacked their Beta muffler before? Thanks all, Chris