How to Remove Baffles from a Stock Honda Shadow Exhaust

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The Honda Shadow is a classic cruiser motorcycle. Featuring an upright riding position and relaxed geometry, it's no wonder the Shadow is compared to Harley-Davidsons left and right. But if there's one thing the Shadow is missing from its American-made counterpart, it's the exhaust tone, that low, deep, rumbling exhaust sound that has become synonymous with "motorcycle" in many people's minds. You can achieve this tone, however, with a simple modification to your Honda Shadow's exhaust pipes. So get drilling, and then get out there and find a bridge to rumble over.

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Things you need

  • 2 1/8-inch holesaw drill bit
  • Hand-held drill
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Park your Shadow on its side stand on a flat level surface.

  2. 2

    Attach a 2 1/8-inch holesaw drill bit to a hand-held drill. Optionally, you can use a drill bit extender between the drill head and the bit. This will make it easier to get into the back of the pipe on some models.

  3. 3

    Examine the inside of the outlet of the first exhaust pipe. You should see a small round opening in the flat metal surface just inside the pipe. Drill through the flat metal plate around this small opening. Try to centre the holesaw as much as possible while drilling.

  4. 4

    Grab the lip of the small opening with a pair of pliers. Pull backward with a firm grip to pull out the baffle that you just cut an opening for.

  5. 5

    Repeat this procedure with the other exhaust pipe. When you're done, set the baffles and tools aside and start your bike to listen to its new, loud, rumbling exhaust tone.

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