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Definition of slip on / bolt on exhausts. Upgrading soon.

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by robsalvv, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Folks,

    I've got me a scratched up can that I want to replace.

    Are the terms "slip on" and "bolt on" interchangeable?

    It would seem so to me.

    My 9R's can is held on by a lug to the pillion peg and by what looks like a 2 bolt flange at the front where it slips onto the pipe... see my confusion. It bolts and it slips!

    What say you guys?

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  2. Re: Definition of slip on / bolt on exhausts. Upgrading soon

    Bolt on....slip on....all the same.
    Means that the OEM system has a joint somewhere around the footpeg area, where any "can" can "slip" over and "bolt" on.
    Some systems don't have those joints but come with a one-piece exhaust (which can still be cut at a certain point to 'slip-on" afternmarket cans).
  3. Another cheaper option you may want to consider is getting your can reskinned ..
  4. bolt ons and slip ons are NOT the same, a bolt on is attached to the intermediate pipe via a bolted flange, and a slip on slips over the end of the intermediate pipe and is usually held on with tension springs,

    the bolt to the foot peg is just a stabalising point and has no influence on weather it is a bolt on or slip on.

    if you are going to buy a new can for the bike make sure you get the right one!
  5. My workshop manual definitely shows a bolted flange arrangement, and there are no springs in site, so it's a bolt on then!


  6. Not necessarily.

    On the E- and F-model ZX9's, the link pipe is a separate component which clamps onto the back of the collector. As the stock muffler flange is a big chunky item with a diameter larger than the lateral diameter of most oval race muffler designs, most manufacturers sell their pipes with their own design of link pipe, with spring attachment.

    Ergo, slip-on. :)

    Nothing wrong with that. A slip-on will be a poofteenth lighter than a bolt-on and, more importantly, it will be compatible with a full race system.