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Can an amateur change the exhaust?

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Today I bought a Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project bike. It needs a new seat, some work on the brakes, and a new exhaust. First question, which I'm sure I will have many, is:

Can an amateur change the exhaust? The current exhaust has been cut. I saw this on ebay, and from the photos, it almost looks as simple as needing some bolts to be attached. Is that the case, or is it actually much more complicated. I've been having trouble finding answers and/or tutorial videos.

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That Mac exhaust will work fine, but the header nuts can be tough to get off without breaking the studs. Lot's of rust breaker, proper fitting wrench and patience. As Hillsy said, you need to do something about the cheap pod filters, find a proper stock air box for it if you ever want it to run properly. If the header pipes are discoloured (blue) you may have problems from burning lean, check the compression. If the PO has hacked the frame up beware.
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