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post #1 of 7 Old 10-04-2019, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down OEM Header Rust

I can't find a thread discussing this at all. My 2018 R3's factory headers have a lot of surface rust after only around 8 months of riding. In New Zealand our roads aren't salted in winter as it doesn't get cold enough, the roads I ride on don't have stones or gravel to chip them, and my bike is stored in a dry garage. I've also only ridden in the rain a couple of times. There's not a single spec of rust anywhere else on my bike.

I also bought a brand new unused OEM exhaust off someone who had taken theirs off to replace with a full exhaust. This exhaust has been sitting in a dry cupboard for a few months and now even this is getting rust (albeit not too much). I've attached an image of the brand new exhaust and will post some pics of the headers that are on my bike when I can.

Is this a common issue with R3's, or R3's with a certain manufacture date? Does anyone else have this issue?
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Odd. I have had mine sitting outside exposed to the elements (sun and some rain) for over a year after putting on a full system and surprised it looks the same. Came off my 2015.

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Time to upgrade your exhaust...itís a sign !
And no rust on my oem exhaust. And we do have salt, rocks, rain and snow.. However only had it on for a couple months.
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Steel rusts. If it's an issue paint them or go aftermarket. It's going to be a very long time before the rust becomes an issue so I don't really care about mine.

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These are the original headers off my 1988 Honda Bros after nothing more than a polish.

The R3 is built cheap and made of crappy materials. Unlike 80's Honda's, which were built to last.
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These are the original headers off my 1988 Honda Bros after nothing more than a polish.



The R3 is built cheap and made of crappy materials. Unlike 80's Honda's, which were built to last.
Yes, everything was better back in the day, but let's stick to comparing apples to apples. Here's a photo of a cbr300 header. Basically the same as the R3.

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