Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
If the muffler mid-pipe has 2 - 4 splits in it, a clamp will help to secure the pipe. But one should apply some Hi-Temp silicone sealant to the joint, when assembling.
If the mid-pipe does not have splits, a clamp can't clamp it any tighter.
I don't know why the cheap bas**** pipe companies don't use the OEM style mid-pipe gasket? But even the OEM gaskets have been know to fail & burn an air box, my original did, about 30 years ago. And Kawasaki had updated that gasket by the time mine failed, so others had probably failed before mine.
That mid-pipe clamp became part of my SOP of Break-in Maintenance, even though one had to remove the brake fluid reservoir to check it, after first torquing the header nuts, and finally the muffler bolts.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 84,000+ miles & counting