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Steel wool for a muffler repack

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Old 09-16-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Steel wool for a muffler repack

I'm going to be repacking a couple of my bikes' mufflers and I'm curious where to source the steel wool for the core. Does everyone just buy steel wool pads at home depot and unwind them or can be had in rolls? I already have a few sheet-style muffler repacking kits.
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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this is a joke right?? you know here in NY we put steel wool on a coat hangar and spin it bouncing off the street and WHAY A LIGHT SHOW) the shit is flamable,, not only do we use it for that but if your ever camping a pad of true steel wool and a 9V batery will start an instant fire.. or you can use some pure chlorine powder and a cap full of brake fluid,, dont do it!
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 10:21 AM   #3
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I'm serious. The steel wool acts as a buffer and will make your fiberglass packing material last a lot longer. Check out yoshi's video:
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this is a joke right?? you know here in NY we put steel wool on a coat hangar and spin it bouncing off the street and WHAY A LIGHT SHOW) the shit is flamable,, not only do we use it for that but if your ever camping a pad of true steel wool and a 9V batery will start an instant fire.. or you can use some pure chlorine powder and a cap full of brake fluid,, dont do it!
   
 
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I got mine from yosh... it was cheap enough. Same with the pillow packing.

But I kind of like the idea that someone else here had, of wrapping it with exhaust wrap with clamps, then packing, it would make the air all flow out.
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 11:47 AM   #6
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I got mine from yosh... it was cheap enough. Same with the pillow packing.
Same here..but you can score some off eBay cheaper.
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 11:51 AM   #7
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your bike got full coverage?
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 12:00 PM   #8
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Steel wool you normally purchase is carbon steel. Did you ever leave a steel wool pad damp near the sink? So as you can guess, it would rust from moisture over time.

BTW...did you notice on cars on cold days, the moisture coming out of the exhaust? When the engine is not warmed up, (Short trips or in garage/driveway startups to check work you just completed) you generate an acidic moisture in the exhaust. For those northern folks, they know that that moisture generally through galvanized mufflers and some low-grade SS mufflers as well.
   
 
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hmm, after watching the video again it appears the tech does not replace the steel wool when repacking. So I'm looking for stainless steel wool?
   
 
Old 09-16-2010, 01:57 PM   #10
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hmm, after watching the video again it appears the tech does not replace the steel wool when repacking. So I'm looking for stainless steel wool?

Yes. I have shitloads of it left over if you can't find any (you shouldn't have any problem) hit me up.
   
 
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Yes. I have shitloads of it left over if you can't find any (you shouldn't have any problem) hit me up.
Where did you buy it? It's going on ebay for $15 (10' roll).
   
 
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Where did you buy it? It's going on ebay for $15 (10' roll).

Bought mine through Yosh prior to seeing it on eBay for less $$$.
   
 
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did you do all steel wool or steel wool and a fiberglass pillow?
   
 
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did you do all steel wool or steel wool and a fiberglass pillow?
Both.. I wrapped several layers of steel wool around the baffle then stuffed the fiberglass into the canister. I removed the fiberglass from the mesh bag it was in and stuffed small handfuls into the canister using a hammer handle then replaced the end cap.

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