Guys, I know my title implies 2 different phenomenons.
However, my question is in regards of ways to test to confirm having an exhaust leak or not, before wasting my time changing exhaust gaskets that might not need to be changed.
I've read numerous posts stating that Vics are poppers, but I would still like to test and confirm if possible. It is a lot like me to engage in work that not need done, and end-up I don't know..... Damaging something like in this case scratching my pipes or breaking an exhaust stud.... You know... End up with frustration and dismay to fix a problem that wasn't there in the first place.
Latest example is cleaning my ignition wires and connections to the coil.... Of course the rear wire/ connection separated, leaving me with a 2 piece wire!!!! ( and NO I didn't pull on the wire, I know better)Just cause... So I temporarily rebuilt it and ordered new wires for new thundervolts that came highly recommended on this site, but still...
So when going through a village at around 35-40 mph, in a gear that keeps me just above 2000 rpms, if I stay on that gear a for a steady period of some 30 seconds to a minute, I have about a 25% chance of hearing a nice pop as I accelerate out of that village during the next gear change.
My front exhaust nuts were a bit loose when I first got the bike, and needed almost a full turn to be snug.... For a few rides after that, they needed about 1/8-1/4 turn after each ride. So much so that I wondered if the nut wasn't seized on the stud and the stud unscrewed from the block during the ride!! I have yet to confirm that.
I've read about the particularities of Vic shifting and not completely unloading the clutch etc...
It doesn't pop half as much as it did, but I still get the odd pop here and there. Especially in cold weather. During the super hot days, haedly ever but when cold outside, a bit more....
Hey, if it's really the nature of the beast, so be it!!! But if it ain't, I'd like to fix it.
So how can I test it?!!!
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