Just how common are cracked heads/exhausts studs - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 10-16-2019, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Just how common are cracked heads/exhausts studs

I have a cracked head now on a Rebel and have seen the damage loose exhaust headers can do on these twins too. My question is just how often do these things happen? I believe the crack at the rear motor mount on my Rebel 250 was due to a hard curbing w/the front end, but it could have happened when it fell over too (not me!).
What is the fix for the exhaust studs loosening issue?

thanks, George

George Penick
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-16-2019, 03:35 PM
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If the head is cracked, it will either need to be repaired or replaced. Replacement with a used one is probably cheaper. If the studs are loose, replace them with new. If the stud holes are wallowed out, use a time-sert and replace the studs.

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-16-2019, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, my question is just how COMMON these two issues are- thinking the crack due to the top motor mount would have to be caused by rough treatment- not the bikes fault, but the exhaust studs seem weak- or maybe the mounts for the system are not up to snuff? I really liked the picture of a NIghthawk 250 w/a 2 into one canister modified using the stock pipes. Any suggestions on that?

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