cracked headpipe in typical spot
My headpipe cracked in the typical spot down near where the muffler connects in the rolled "lip". I know this issue is very common on the gen 1 in the UK. Less common here in the US but I have read of some. Mine is right near 10k miles. I only ride back roads, some of which are in less than pristine shape. I suspect that has something to do with it.
It let go without warning only a few miles after I ran through a section of dirt road. No warning, just broke. Damn the V is pretty loud when effectively running a straight pipe!
Now faced with having it welded, or buying a new header. Stock header is prohibitively expensive. Most aftermarket headers are as well. I'm leaning towards a Delkevic simply based on cost, roughly $200. Their full system with the 14" stainless oval can is attractive also at roughly $300, but I fear it could be too loud for my tastes.
Anyone have any feedback good or bad on welding a cracked header? Also, Anyone have feedback on the 14" Delk? Most of the feedback I have found on the Delk is for their shorter cans.
It's killing me because it's the time of year I generally commute on the bike daily, and I'm stuck in the car until I sort this thing. I'll probably just pull the trigger on the Delkevic tomorrow to get it on the road again.
'79 Yamaha XS650