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Whether you want to replace that tiny factory exhaust on your Polaris General with a deeper sounding aftermarket exhaust setup or just want a simple slip-on UTV exhaust that doesn’t require jets in the carb or a reflash of the machine’s computer, we’ve got the side-by-side exhaust systems and exhaust parts to turn any General into a monster on the trail. If it’s that deep tone you’re after, Trinity Exhausts and the exhausts by Aftermarket Assassins are two that stand out. Not only do aftermarket UTV exhausts like these sound great, but the performance gains they provide are more than noticeable. Companies like HMF RJWC, and Summit Racing also make exhausts for the Polaris General. And while some exhausts -- slip-on exhausts in particular -- are plug-and-play, others require ECU programming, air box mods, and other alterations to optimize performance and play nicely with other powertrain and driveline components. Take the HMF Titan XL exhaust, for instance. If you don’t run the HMF tuner alongside the exhaust, your General will run too lean and will pop and backfire when you decelerate. The same is true for other General exhausts like the MBRP Powertech 4 by Summit Racing, exhausts by Bikeman Performance, and the Big Gun Evo U exhaust. Even if you go with a simple slip-on exhaust, check the specs before you buy, because some still require fuel mapping. Additionally, exhaust silencers and plugs are commonly used to quiet down loud exhausts.


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If you plan to swap out your General exhaust yourself, get ready to cuss those exhaust bolts, because they are a bit of a pain to take off. It helps a good deal if you know what to remove first. Start by taking the heat shield off the back of the cab, and then cut all the straps that hold the heat shields on the exhaust pipe and manifold. You can then take a socket to them or an Allen wrench if it gets tricky. The exhaust looks like it's welded on and unable to be taken off, but that's just a shoulder weld. The rod slides into a rubber bushing, so to take out the exhaust simply detach the springs and remove the two bolts and it should come right off. You might also want to consider a CYA muffler cover or some titanium exhaust header wrap. Use a scotch brite pad or even an angle grinder with a wire wheel to scrape off all the mud, rust, and other contaminants that have been baked onto the exhaust over the years.