Suzuki FA50 Moped Exhaust Cleaning
Removing excess carbon deposits inside a moped muffler.
- Author: Miroslav Djuric
- Time required: 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
Over time, carbon deposits inside your moped's muffler can lead to lower performance and unwanted noises. Roast your exhaust to remove those deposits, and then apply a fresh coat of paint to keep the outside clean and rust-free.
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Place the muffler on top of the coals, allowing the piping and flange to hang over the edge of the grill. Make sure the coals cover the sides of the muffler.
You will hear a lot of popping as the metal of the muffler expands and the carbon deposits inside flake off and ignite.
After about 15 minutes, turn the muffler over on the coals and let it sit for 15 more minutes.
Even though the wire hanger was not directly on the coals, it is still may be very hot. Wear thick leather gloves or use a pair of tongs to grab the handle.
Remove the muffler from the grill, and return to your weekend barbecuing.
Lay the muffler down on concrete for about an hour to cool.
Grab the exhaust pipe and shake the ash out of the muffler.
If you do not want to paint your muffler before reinstalling it, remove the plastic bag from the engine exhaust hole and follow steps 1-3 in reverse order to reassemble your moped.
Use an old barbecue wire brush or metal scraper to remove rust from the outside of the muffler and piping.
Plug the hole in the exhaust pipe at the flange and hang the muffler in a place suitable for painting.
Use a high-termpeature paint like an engine or exhaust enamel to cover the entire exhaust pipe. Follow the specific instructions on your paint for drying times and suggested number of coats.
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