If you want to keep your Panigale V4 Exhaust in tip-top shape, you’ll need a few supplies. Grab a can of WD-40 and a large tube of K&N motorcycle chain lube. Locate the clamp holding the pipe onto the engine, unscrew it from around the pipe, and loosen it from around the muffler. Spray some WD-40 into the exhaust pipe with an aerosol spray can then use your hand to work it into all of the cracks in any part of the system that’s visible from the outside that needs inspections. What the WD-40 does is removes carbon buildup as well as preventing rusting and can help you get those nasty clamps off. Spray the lube into the exhaust pipe and all around the muffler, this will help lubricate any parts that need it and protect them from rusting. Now just tighten the clamp slightly with your hands and you’re done!
Now that you know how to clean your exhaust while it’s still on your motorcycle, let’s talk about cleaning your exhaust system while it’s off your bike. You can do this without removing any part of the system, but you’ll need some special tools for this project.
First, you’ll need a few simple tools, a razor blade, needle-nose pliers, and a pair of your choice. Grab your exhaust system and turn it over so that the pipe is facing down. Use the pliers to pinch together two of the pipes that are on the inside of your bike in a place where they will fit easily in between fingers.
Grab the tailpipe with the needle-nose pliers and use your razor blade to cut through one side of each clamp. Now you’ll have two separate sections without any clamps in between them.
Do you know what this means? It means that you can fit one end into an end cap from an old stock muffler system from another bike. If you don’t have any old end caps, you can use a few old cans.
Now turn your bike and pull out the pipe and set it aside. Grab one of your new pipes and fit it into the second cone section carefully so that you don’t bend it. This should give you two nice clean sections to cut off.
Now, clamps. If you want to get rid of the clamps, grab your hand drill and get a little bit of sandpaper ready. You can clean up the clamps with a little bit of sandpaper and make them look nice again. This way they will stay in place without any problems for you.
Next, grab your exhaust cleaner and start working on this second pipe cap section that you just cut off the other pipe section. Now that you have this pipe cap, don’t use it just yet! You’re going to need to leave it out for now so that you can clean the inside of it first before putting it back on your bike later.
Sealant is available for motorcycle exhaust systems, but it is not necessary. It can improve performance, but it also can cause more issues than it solves. Aftermarket silencers are available for some motorcycles that are designed to work with your factory pipes, but the performance of your system may suffer if you use one of these. A sealant can make your system last longer between cleanings while improving its overall appearance compared to using the stock exhaust system. Some sealants are designed to be installed without removing or replacing any parts on your bike while others are designed to be used with the rest of your bike’s components attached.