ok, this new, replacement telephone pole has to be shortened..
hideous! this thing has got to go.. because not only did my previous cut pipe make the bike look better, it picked up 2 mph on the top end, w/ no appreciable loss in the low/mid range.. YMMV..
this is what she looks like now.. weight loss and looks!! schwiinngg....
now on to the how-to process, w/ pics, for your viewing pleasure.. perform at your own risk!!!!!
unbolt fugly exhaust can... DUH!
if you can't, or don't know how to unbolt your can, i suggest that you stop right now.. donate me your bike, and then, you can commit suicide...
place exhaust can on a rag, or in my case, an old floormat, to prevent the finish from getting damaged.. drill out the rivets on the inlet cap, slowly.. take care to not let the drill walk or break the bit (and end up scratching or damaging your can).. once rivet heads are out, remove strap..
next, make your first cut, just behind the inlet cap, to facilitate removal of the end cap... DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT CUT THROUGH THE ENTIRE THING.. just cut the outside of the pipe, just in case, as most pipes are different.. i just rotated the pipe around the cut off wheel, to make the cut.. you can use a dremel, hacksaw, sawzall, or in my case, a chop saw... chop saw is the quickest, and cleanest cut, IMO... note, if you're using a dremel or hacksaw, i friggin' feel for you...
there, inlet cap is now off... remember, i didn't cut through the entire can.. the inside perforated pipe and wire sleeve are intact (just being hidden by the fiberglass packing)..
there, the wire sleeve and perforated pipe are separated, after pulling it out from inside of the fiberglass packing.. inlet cap there as well..