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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I was detailing my bike this morning and found this on top of the engine underneath the rear exhaust pipe. It's metal, 2 1/8" in diameter and 1/8" thick. What the hell?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 08:52 PM
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Exhaust gasket.
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It's been there all this time? It couldn't have fallen off. Weird I haven't seen this.

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It's been there all this time? It couldn't have fallen off. Weird I haven't seen this.
I look past things all the time, Just ask my wife. 😁
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does your bike have the stock exhaust?

I would guess someone took the exhaust connection off at some point, that fell out and they never fished it out from where it fell.

If it was missing your exhaust would be leaking at the back of the head. If its not, someone replaced it.

I work across the street from a GM dealership. When its nice I take a 1 mile walk around the block. Over the years I have found car parts, ball bearings and enough tools to nicely equip a tool box.

Mechanics work on vehicles, take an old part off and set it down, or set a wrench down in the engine compartment, forget its there, and when the car drives off the first turn or curve the stuff falls out in the street.

I read a few years ago the comedian Gallagher also has this habit. He cannot drive anymore for health reasons, so he does a lot of walking, and he finds car parts on the shoulder of the road, and he cant figure out "this part is necessary for the car to run - how did this part fall off, and the car kept going?!"

I also heard about a mechanic who had an old VW with a hole in the floor under the drivers side carpet. People tended to tailgate old VWs because they only have a 50 HP engine. When someone was pissing him off, he would drop old pistons and connecting rods thru the hole, and it looked like the engine was falling apart.
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Aftermarket pipes. I'm fairly anal. I run a tight ship. Hard to believe I haven't seen this before.

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maybe it was wedged up somewhere and just recently shook loose and fell onto of the case?

Is there any chance it fell out from between the pipe and the head? With just two studs holding the exhaust on, if the connection loosened up the gasket could fall out.

I guess its possible it fell out when the exhaust was put on, and the mechanic didnt see it fall out, and snugged things up - I would think that would noticeably leak.
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All the bolts were tight. Guess it was from the exhaust switch-out.

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If you want to screw with a MC rider, keep your old parts when you work on your bike

and toss them under someone's engine when their bike is parked...
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Excellent idea KCW. A greasy bolt is going under a Harley at work tomorrow.
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