Join Date: May 2011
Location: Sherman Illinois
I just did mine last week. It was more work than I expected, but like you I didn't really have the right tools to do the job. Started out with a hole saw I had laying around. It must have been for wood because it didn't last too long.
Instead of going to the store for another, I used a 1/8" drill bit and drilled a whole lot of holes all the way around, and followed that up with a small cold chisel. The space between holes was about a 1/16" and broke quite easily. I think if I was to do this again I would use the drill bit and chisel from the start. It leaves a pretty ragged hole, but it gets covered up any way.
So that I didn't have to be real precise with drilling holes, or tapping the holes, to attach the exhaust tip, I drilled larger than needed and used those clip on nuts, like for body work on cars.
I can't remember where I got my exhaust tip now...it was last week you know, and I'm almost 52, but I got my stainless steel screen in the plumbing section of the local home improvement warehouse store. A little black RTV goop on the end cap keeps any gaps filled upon attachment.
Whew... that was a lot of huntin' and peckin' just to say... IT WAS WORTH IT!!!!
It's just barely louder, I didn't really want louder, but it has authority now. It sounds like a motorcycle. It reminds me of riding my bicycle as a kid with a baseball card clothes-pinned in the spokes. It makes me smile.
I don't notice if it makes any difference in performance, but I like it! Go for it!!