Cross over pipes


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Jay Greene
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Cross over pipes

Postby Jay Greene » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:00 pm



I am looking at changing my mufflers on my GL1000 Goldwing to aftermarkets ones. Are there any problems if I use the new mufflers without the crossover? Do I need to find mufflers with a crossover?



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alanc1100
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Re: Cross over pipes

Postby alanc1100 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:05 am

Jake,

It really depends on the pipes you buy. Like Jardeen, has a crossover tube, for their pipes to balance. Also, if your thinking HD pipes, a crossover is a must. Most of the new HDs are coming with crossovers built into their exhaust systems. Hope that helps.

Alan

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Re: Cross over pipes

Postby alanc1100 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:21 am

Jay, there's a how-to "Harley Mufflers on the Cheap" in the DIY section for exhausts. I'm going that way myself next weekend.

Later,
Alan

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Re: Cross over pipes

Postby dingdong » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:32 am

There are quite a few GLs that have aftermarket mufflers that don't use a crossover. Harley Sportster slip-ons are probably the most often used. There seems to be no downside. No need to re-jet or any other problems associated with running without the crossover. Some of the Harley mufflers have a port for a crossover but it is usually plugged for use with the GLs.

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Re: Cross over pipes

Postby tom84std » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:47 am

The crossover is supposed to help a little on low-end torque. On my '79 GL1000 I used the original header tubes with a pair of Dunstall reverse megaphone mufflers and omitted the crossover tube. I noticed no loss of power and no issues with mixture. It ran fine and sounded good.




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