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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-12-2018, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Default Cobra Stage 1 Tri Ovals rust stain issues.

I saw on another web site that a few people were having issues with rust stains running out from there new Tri Ovals.
One member added a couple of photos of his new ones that had rust stains/rust running out of the rear and he was constantly wiping it off.








Having recently acquired the Tri Oval Stage 1 kit in chrome myself, I was rather concerned about that, so I decided to remove the baffles and investigate why that would happen.












I found what most likely is the source of the rust stains. Keep in mind, my pipes are brand new and have never been run yet, so they haven't been subjected to a build up of condensation yet.
I saw rust forming around the welds by the Y-Pipe. I cleaned the top baffle up a bit with a brass wire whell, but hadn't touched the bottom one yet and you can see the rust forming.













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I decided to clean then up with the brass wire wheel and coat them with a couple coats of Rust Oleum Specialty High-Heat Ultra Black Spray Paint to hopefully help prevent that from happening to mine.

Hoping that will prevent the rust stains for a couple of years.









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I have not seen any signs of corrosion on my Tri's and they are a few years old now. But this is easy enough to do and might prevent issues in the future... Thanks for the tip
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Are Tri-Ovals that easy to pull apart ? WOW...I may do that to mine. Maybe add a little bit of SS wool to cut down on the sound a bit.
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Great post and photos Dusty, thank you. I like how you cleaned yours up to prevent a possible rust issue going forward. I also have a brand new set of Tri Ovals in my garage and will now likely pull the baffles to clean and paint them like you've done.

I've read several times that cutting off the baffle and leaving a 3" stub on the Y connector greatly improves the sound of the Tri Ovals.

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Heat up the pipes a little at a time. Maybe 10 min and shut bike off let it cool down that repete. If you go for a 30 mile ride right off the bat you'll burn up the paint
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Heat up the pipes a little at a time. Maybe 10 min and shut bike off let it cool down that repete. If you go for a 30 mile ride right off the bat you'll burn up the paint
That process is necessary even with high temp paint?

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That process is necessary even with high temp paint?

Yes, it needs 'breaking in'!

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I installed the left side baffle and thought I'd take a peek up inside the tube of the right Tri Oval and this is what I found! ....







..... which could be the true source of the rust streaks! Thoughts ????

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Short trips...ya gotta go on longer rides to heat the pipes up properly and get rid of condensation..
Ride more and for longer is the cure.
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