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I put a cover over my bike and the muffler was still hot, my bad. Part of the cover melted onto it. Using steel wool to try getting it removed. Any recommendations? also while working on it, found a small hole on the underside. should i visit a place to weld it closed or can i just leave it? I noticed it as i was running the engine to heat up the muffler hoping it would soften the melted residue using the steel wool, so felt the exhaust coming out of the hole. I would never have noticed it otherwise.
 

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I put a cover over my bike and the muffler was still hot, my bad. Part of the cover melted onto it. Using steel wool to try getting it removed. Any recommendations? also while working on it, found a small hole on the underside. should i visit a place to weld it closed or can i just leave it? I noticed it as i was running the engine to heat up the muffler hoping it would soften the melted residue using the steel wool, so felt the exhaust coming out of the hole. I would never have noticed it otherwise.
Some have had success with Oven Cleaner. I'd try to razor-blade (carefully) as much of the thicker residue as I could before warming the pipe and further cleaning. I did this when the wife melted a rubber or plastic soled shoe on my HK3" years ago. IDK what the hole could be, is it a perfect circle like something drilled or bolted would use? How big is the hole, roughly? Pix might help someone to guide you as to how to repair. GL
 
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I had a shopping bag blow on to mine right after i parked and went into a store. It was pretty thick. I used a brand new utility knife blade, and very lightly, very carefully scraped it off with the pipes completely cold. I did not notice it for a few days because it was towards the bottom half of the muffler but it came off fairly easy when the pipe was cool. I wonder if the hole is some kind of drain to prevent rusting. I agree a picture would be helpful.
 
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Carefully scrape off the thicker stuff. Then use oven cleaner and 00000 steel wool to clean the rest. Do not use steel wool with any fewer zeros or it will scratch the chrome and or with any greater number of zeros as it will not clean the gunk off. Make sure to mask off all other parts of the bike so as to not get oven cleaner on them. Make sure to use gloves as the oven cleaner will quickly damage your skin.
 
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