I just repacked my Termignoni cans. Lately it seemed like the bike was getting a little raspy, and I was sure I could do a better job, and with a better product, myself than what was done at the factory. I wanted that deep tone that Ducatis are famous for, and the pipes always seemed a little too baritone for me. For some reason the Termis kit for the Sport bipostos sounds better, as do the original Termi 2-into-2 kit for the ’06 bikes.
I did some research and ordered 2, 450 gram bags of “Silent Sport” muffler packing. I got it from powersportsuperstore.com (they seemed to have the best prices/shipping:
I wanted the rivets to look stock, so I ordered these:
I wanted stainless steel, and I wanted the ends closed off so no exhaust could escape from the rivets. Picky I know. It bit me later.
When the parts got in I knew my little rivet gun wouldn’t pop those heavy rivets, so I borrowed a bigger gun from a friend. I drilled out the rivets and removed the bands. The end caps came out easily enough; I just used a piece of scrap wood and a hammer to gently tap them out. I removed all the stock packing. They were much more heavily packed than I thought, but the packing seemed cheap, and was definitely burned/matted in some areas where it had turned very dense. I got the inner perforated tube out of one of the pies, but couldn’t get it out of the other. Everything is just kind of pressed together, nothing complicated. The first section of the perf tube is wrapped in heavy steel wool.
The Silent Sport packing is very yarn-like. I wrapped sections of it around the perf tubes (with them both installed in the cans) and then used a wooden dowel to push it down and pack the mufflers I just kept going until I could barley keep it in place at the end. I then put a small wrap around the end caps and re-installed them. I ended up using about 1 and 1/2 bags of the new packing.
Just used a piece of wood and hammer to get things settled back in, and then started the rivets, being careful to align the band the right way. This is where I had trouble. The gun I borrowed wouldn’t even come close to popping the rivets I got. I guess between the stainless steel and the closed ends, they were just too tough.
So, it was off to Harbor Freight Tools, the dollar store for guys, to get an even bigger riveter.
I found and bought this: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41291
The new riveter worked like a charm (once I took it apart and put it back together correctly that is)! Got the pipes back together and fired her up….
Sounds GREAT! Not a completely different sound or anything, but definitely less raspy, and deeper. Sounds closer to my buddy’s Arrow pipes on his Monster that I love, but a bit quieter. Plus, Silent Sport claims less weight, which is definitely true. I don’t know if I used less packing or what, but the stock stuff I pulled out was definitely heavier. I would say at least a pound less weight in each can, maybe more. Sounds really good going down the road.
Sorry, no pics or weights taken, just thought some might like the info.