Sooooo, I found a busted exhaust mount on the RT a short while back . I did a ridiculous amount of research on repairing it. My choices were: buy a whole new exhaust which was extremely $$$, buy a used exhaust from Ebay, of which the choices were few (and some of which had the same broken exhaust bracket but badly welded together), let a shop repair it (again $$$), or remove it and have a welder repair it. Or, do the damn thing myself. I got some good advice from Crash, other riders, and welder friends and figured it would be easy peasy
Since I'm a cheap ass, it made my decision easy. I whipped out my old Lincoln Mig SP-100, borrowed some Argon and SS wire and did it myself.
I cleaned the area and discovered the mount thingy (professional term) was hollow. It didn't matter though, since it wouldn't effect my supreme welding abilities
If I had taken ALL of the good advice, I would've tacked it in place, then removed the exhaust and welded it properly on my workbench. Unfortunately, time and weather forced me to do the abbreviated repair; weld it in place on the bike.
- Put onto centerstand and remove rear tire (scrape knuckles while doing so)
- Support the aft (I just love saying that)
- Brush the hell out of the area to remove mucky road debris.
- Get reading glasses, because old eyes can't see crap up close.
- Take photos to document either the successful repair or embarrassing defeat.
- Properly position the exhaust and support it using my faithful old jack.
- Cram my helmeted head, thick gloved hands, and welding torch into the tiny fender area where the rear tire should be. Crawl back out, because I forgot my reading glasses. Repeat.
- Weld, weld, weld.
It isn't perfect, but I think it'll hold long enough. It didn't cost me a dime (except for the fresh eggs I offered for the borrowed tank of Argon and SS wire). Fingers X'd it holds for a few years; It's a '99, so not sure of it's lifespan anyway.
Just thought I'd share the info in case another unfortunate RT owner encounters a similar problem. Apparently, several other RTs of that generation had the same problem. I know the weld isn't great, AND it's already done, so feel free to keep your good-intentioned advice to yourselves. I'm just sharing the experience for others' benefit.