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Old 10-03-2007, 09:18 AM   #50
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Location: 20 Mule Team Trail (Palmdale, Ca)
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That exhaust is stainless. That discoloration is normal for a bike that has seen water crossings and mud with a hot exhaust. By far the easiest thing is to clean it up with fine steel wool while washing, then leave it alone.

As for changing to a high exhaust, you will quickly find that the subframe and rear sidecovers won't work. That's all different on the high-pipe models and in order to get the exhaust through the 'normal' routing, you'd have to swap to a newer ('99-up) subframe, airbox, battery tray, etc.

Since the stock cans have the spark arrestors, I'd just leave it alone. It's a bit heavy but having one of probably 15 left in the country is worth something when people ask you "WTF kind of bike is that?"

Just my $0.02
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