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Recently purchased a 2005 V rod with Stage 1 upgrade that has a dent in the exhaust. If I cannot get the dent removed I would like to replace the slip on, but need to know what is on the bike.
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Almost looks stock
 

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They are the stock exhausts. They do look like they may have been v-modded. Hard to see with the end caps fitted. If it is quite loud with a very deep throaty sound then yes they have been. If it sounds like a sewing machine, then they are completely stock!
 

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They are the stock exhausts. They do look like they may have been v-modded. Hard to see with the end caps fitted. If it is quite loud with a very deep throaty sound then yes they have been. If it sounds like a sewing machine, then they are completely stock!
Thanks for the informtion.Here is what the inside looks like:

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They have been "V-Modded", the internal baffle cores removed.
Thanks for the info. So it looks like I won’t be able to replace that pipe since they are stock. Hopefully I will be able to find someone who can remove that dent then. I’ll take it to a painless dent removal place and see what they think.
 

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Take care of the end caps, hard to get parts!
 

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Take care of the end caps, hard to get parts!
Good to know! They were covered in black soot but quickly shined up with some steel wool. I’m OCD with all my gear so I will keep those caps in pristine condition. My OCD is why I am obsessing on that one dent.
 

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Didn't notice the dent till you pointed it out. You can check ebay for V-Rod stock exhaust. A good many of them that pop up have already been modded as you have. You may have to drill holes for the end caps but the basic core removal will have been done. I'd be curious though to see how the dent removal effort goes. These are thicker than most body panels so it may prove more difficult.
 

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Didn't notice the dent till you pointed it out. You can check ebay for V-Rod stock exhaust. A good many of them that pop up have already been modded as you have. You may have to drill holes for the end caps but the basic core removal will have been done. I'd be curious though to see how the dent removal effort goes. These are thicker than most body panels so it may prove more difficult.
I'm headed to a PDR place in about an hour and they are going to take pictures to send to their chrome specialist and then get back with me. I will continue to update this thread. Will also check out ebay and see what is out there. The finish on the exhaust on my bike is perfect, so hoping they can pop the dent out.
 

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That's going to be real hard to pop out if you don't have clear access to the backside - you might try heat & dry ice trick I've seen that work but heat careful due to possibility of chrome discoloration - if dent has any sharp edges they might not come out metals pretty thick without backside access - you can get a high heat carbon fiber decal and put a scuff pad on there if you have to wait for another muffler - Good Luck !!
 

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Paintless dent removal place said the metal is too thick so they cannot help me out. Hard to believe there isn't a method to remove a dent from an otherwise flawless exhaust pipe.
 

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Oh there is a method, it could be removed, but it would cost you more than a replacement muffler - just the way it is - cover it up with a C/F decal while you search for a new muffler - I like the sound of those with the V Mod it's worth keeping an eye out for a replacement - Good Luck again !
 

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Found a stock set that had been taken off with little use. The guy agreed to sell me just the top pipe. Having a guy I know who is a machinist/welder who works on classic cars remove the inner baffle. Hopefully he will know how to attach the end cap on to my new pipe. I thought it was held on with three screws, but not sure now. When I reach inside I cannot feel the back of screw/rivets or whatever they are.
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Online I found a description of the hardware needed to install the end cap on my new pipe. I wonder how hard it will be to locate similar hardware?
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You only need the rivets. The rest is BS!
I just got off the phone with a local Harley dealership and they looked up the kit and said it’s no longer available, so he told me just to go to a hardware store and find an approximate diameter of rivets and he said they could use their rivet gun and mount the end cap on for me.
 

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Found the instructions. The rivets are HD 65000-04 and are no longer in stock. Ebay has a set of only 2 for sale. I will try maybe a 3/16" stainless rivet.
 

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