GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?


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GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby mrlinton » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:02 pm



I have a 1983 GL1100I Interstate that the exhaust system is completely shot. I have searched and had little luck finding a new complete system. I would prefer not to have to rejet etc. I found used ones on ebay but would like a new one. Thanks for any suggestions.



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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:42 pm

Well the thing is, you aren't going to find a new exhaust. Honda hasn't made them for quite a long time, which is the reason that used exhausts in decent condition go for so much on places like eBay.

Yours, being the 1983 "**** child" with a different exhaust than the 80-82 GL1100's, is even harder to find.

The only "new" exhaust I know of is the aftermarket Jardine J10200. They officially list it only for the 80-82 GL1100's, but I have read elsewhere that if you are replacing both the left AND right sides, that you can fit it to an 83 (the crossover tube is not in the right place to meet up with the OEM 83 crossover, but if you are replacing both sides, this doesn't matter, because the crossover will match). That said, don't expect it to be cheap - I wouldn't expect to pay less than $500 for the set.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby CapnDenny1 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:53 pm

JC Whitney has a cheap brand that peope claim rusts right away.

The Jardines look nice, but I think they are about $750, and from what I've read online they are kind of loud.

I found these also, but I don't even want to know what this is in dollars? http://www.motad.co.uk/product.php?prod=GL1100+Goldwing+Complete+System These look really cool. 399 pounds is $636, but the VAT is about 20% and I guess shipping would be another $100 or $200. Which is about $800 total. Still, you get a polished stainless steel exhaust system that won't rust.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby mrlinton » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:23 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I thought about the Macs but heard the same problems with rust. The Jardines don't really fit the 83 without modifications so you can use the center stand. The Motad sounds the most interesting but the cost is steep at about $800. Ebay has recent posts for used original systems that don't look too bad. If I don't get one of those I may have to bite the bullit and spend the money on the Motad system. I am new to the forum and I really appreciate the help.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby tumunga » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:05 pm

My exhaust is just about shot as well, and I didn't want to pay $500+ for an exhaust system.

Since I'm not entering the bike in any contests, As a winter down time project, I decided to try to make my own exhaust system. I heard about others fabricating systems to install harley mufflers on the goldwing. They say when you use them, you don't need to re-jet anything (I hope!).

I bought a cheap set of Harley Road King mufflers from ebay. They're new take-offs from a harley rider who wanted louder mufflers. I got them shipped to the house for about $65. I then bought a set of after market headers for a GL1000 for about $30 shipped to the house.

I have a cheap mig welder at home I've been dying to use. I'm going to try to fabricate some mounts for the mufflers, mount the headers and mufflers, then take the bike to a muffler shop so they can bend a couple of sets of pipes to connect the headers to the mufflers. No crossover. I'll have them make me an extra set just in case I feel like getting them chromed. Right now, I think I'm going with the exhaust pipe wrap for that rugged look.
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby CapnDenny1 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:18 am

I've heard that the Harley mufflers a r e alot louder than stock. But the Road King mufflers are quieter than the Sportster mufflers, which I have heard on a GL1100. The Sportster mufflers were pretty loud, noy like a Harley, but like a loud sport bike.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby nlaspencade » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:34 pm

I have a 82 Aspencade, the mufflers were shot when I bought it. I used Harley mufflers and fabricated the exhaust to attach them. I cut away all the exhaust from the original manifold where it ends by the foot rest's, bought extension tail pipe ends (at Canadian Tire in my case) that are already chromed, cut and welded to achieve the bends needed & I did not make any other adjustments.(to the carbs etc.) I also did not include the crossover as was on the original exhaust, I've been using them for the past two years and they are perfect & in my bias opinion they look better than the originals. The best part is Harley mufflers are easy to find, usually almost new, Those guys take them off and throw them away!
I realize your bike is an 83, but I'm sure it is just as achievable on yours.
Good luck & happy motoring...

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby wilf » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:44 pm

[quote][/quote]I also went with the roadkings of ebay 60 bucks delivered including all the ebay **** fees. Made my own brackets and welded up the adapters i made from 1 3/4 mufler pipe angle cut and welded till I got the adapters just right I realy dont think you can bend muffler pipe that tight a bends as I needed.
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby Pappy Wilson » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:05 am

Good Mourning,
MAC lists two different exhausts for the all GL1100's. They have a very good web site and the prices are around $520. I have not had any on a motorcycle but I have had a complete system for a Mustang 5.0 that I had and the quality was first rate and had a very good sound without being intrusive. Hope this helps.
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby Pappy Wilson » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:11 am

I might need to clarify my last post. They have 2 listings for the 1100, but they also have 1 for the 1000 and 2 for the 1200's. They also have a listing just for the head pipes and just mufflers also. Hope this helps.
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby tumunga » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:18 pm

wilf wrote:
I also went with the roadkings of ebay 60 bucks delivered including all the ebay **** fees. Made my own brackets and welded up the adapters i made from 1 3/4 mufler pipe angle cut and welded till I got the adapters just right I realy dont think you can bend muffler pipe that tight a bends as I needed.
Wilf


Hey Wilf!

Got pics?
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby CapnDenny1 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:43 pm

This is the first positive thing I've heard about the MAC exhaust. I've heard several people say they rust right away. For about the same price you can get the Jardines, and for about $100 more you can get the Motad's which are stainless steel.

I need the right side replaced, so I will probably stick with stock for now. It seems ebay is having a run on left side exhaust for the GL1100?

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby Pappy Wilson » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:53 pm

I have seen the Jardines in the ad takers on the gl1100, does anybody know if they are real loud or not. My son has a Fat Bob with loud pipes and I can't hardly stand to ride behind him its so loud.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby johnmicy » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:53 am

thanks for sharing :)

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby wda-83wing » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:42 pm

i have a set of jardines on my 83 interstate , have had sence 06. no rust yet . they dont list a 83 . so i went with the 82s . some slite mods were required. i had to cut off the center stand stop and take off 1/2 in. and weld it back on to the muffler mont bracket. next i had to make up a 3 in. drop down flat stock bracket. that brings things inline like they should be. they , to this day are not loud. but do have a deep mellow tone. no body has complained about rideing behind me.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby bamadave » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:20 pm

Some youtube videos w/HD and Jardine mufflers on GW's.
'80 1100 w/ HD Road King Mufflers





'80 GW w/ HD Dyna Mufflers




'81 1100 w/ '83 HD Sportster Mufflers




1100 Homemade Exhausts




1200 GW w/Jardine's



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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby pbassman » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:33 am

Hi guys,
didn't read all of the posts on here so I might be repeating someone but here goes. I have a set of Mac "headers" on my GL1100 that I purchased at Dennis Kirk in MN. They list at $492. They also have the Jardine for a bit less. This is the second bike I've had the Mac on and the only minor complaint I have is that they're a bit louder than the stock exhaust. I sold the first bike shortly after installing so I can't say how long they lasted but the set I have on this bike is still working well after 14 years and 70,000 kms or 50,000 miles. If you're not familiar with Dennis Kirk, they are a mail order warehouse in MN and if they don't have it, it probably doesn't exist. Their prices are usually the best too.
Hope this helps.
B.W.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby hotrodlinkn1 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:28 pm

Has anybody had any luck with just aftermarket mufflers? My exhaust from the muffler back is shot, corroded and missing the chrome pipe that leaves the muffler. I have seen add on muflers on Ebay going for about 40-65 per piece, I was thinking either using turndowns or bell pipes, but was wondering if anybody has used them and had any carburetor problems. I figured i'd either have to cut and weld or clamp onto the existing pipes. My concern is performance, vacuum, etc. Really don't care how loud it is, in my opinion, the louder the better (contrary to what the wife thinks). Also, has anybody had problems iwth older exhaust systems corroding and blocking the flow of exhaust? My left muffles puts out way more exhaust than the right, and I'm wondering if one of the baffles has fallen and blocked the flow so it goes out the left through the crossover.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby Tom Barton » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:50 pm

I have a 1982 Interstate that I bought with a set of Jardine exhausts - with the Jardines the bike was not annoyingly loud, but as has been said here had a low rumble to it. The kind of thing you hear as you go under a highway overpass. I recently scored a very clean set of OEM exhausts from EBay for not too much money - somewhere in the $200 plus shipping region. I installed them a couple of weeks ago and I really like the sound - smooth and quiet without that low rumble.

So I have a set of Jardines I would be willing to part with for shipping costs - they are in good shape, though with some bluing near the head sections. But they were on a 1982 - don't know that they would fit a 1983 or not.

Tom

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby blachghost » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Hi, been considering replacing the exhaust on my 83 interstate as well. Thinking about purchasing a set from Saber Cycle. Their exhaust looks pretty much like the original and are stainless steel also.Although I have read about complaints about their service on other forums.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:26 am

blachghost wrote:Hi, been considering replacing the exhaust on my 83 interstate as well. Thinking about purchasing a set from Saber Cycle. Their exhaust looks pretty much like the original and are stainless steel also.Although I have read about complaints about their service on other forums.


Not only their service (which is legendary for being about the worst for any company, ever), but their products are normally junk - cheap Chinese knockoff garbage that rusts/fails quickly. They have the lowest rating (by far) of any vendor on our Vendor Database, and the most comments - 39 - virtually every one of them overwhelmingly negative. Take a look through the comments of customers who have been burned, and decide for yourself: Saber Cycle Vendor Record

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:56 am

hi guys:

my exhaust system on my '83 aspy was also no good, so i went to my local bike salvage yard and looked around at all the goldwings they have there and got lucky. there on a shelf sat a complete exhaust system for an '83 GL1100 aspy. the only one in the entire yard. this system looked almost new and after talking him down from $200.00 to $75.00, i bought it, and the owner even let me have a space in his building to work on my bike to remove my exhaust system and put on the one i bought from him. well, it was rough going to remove it because the center stand was in the way, so i took the seat off and he used a couple of straps and we lifted the bike up with a fork lift to get the system out from under the bike and slide the new one under it so i could finish bolting it up to the bike. after i finished, i started the bike up and man, what a difference it made. the bike is now nice and quite and the performance is excellent including the incresed fuel mileage.......now, in case anyone is interested, i still have the complete old system, but it has a few holes where the header pipes meet the actual mufflers, and the rear sections of it has 4" outlets welded to it which makes it VERY loud. if anyone wants to purchase them, id be more than willing to sell them to someone beings as these parts are not easy to get ahold of anymore. we have 2 options, i can cut the header pipes off just behind the front heat shields, and sell just the 2 front header pipes, or, i can sell them as a complete set. its your choice. if you want just the header pipes, the cost will be $65.00 plus shipping, if you want the complete set, the cost will be $125.00 plus shipping.

please reply back to this posting if your interested.

thanks,

stuart, a.k.a roadwanderer2.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby eklimek » Mon May 26, 2014 4:14 pm

Thought I would resurrect this old thread rather than start a redundant one.

So after running Harley nufflers on my 81 GL1100 for a couple of summers, they started getting to me. Loud, my lord, ear plugs for any trip over 10 minutes at speed. Now to be fair on an 81 that is 4,500 rpm. I was not in the humour to open the cans but I suppose repacking would have been an option.

Instead I bought two 6 inch round magnaflow 13649 mufflers about 28 inch long reversible stainless 2 inch offset inlet outlet.

The down side to these is there is no packing. Daylight visible out the other end. Very bassy. Very loud.

Solution was 28 inch 1 3/4 diameter pipe. Close one end. Flare the other to fit the outlet. Perforate along one side linearly restricted to 1/5 of circumference.

Insert into outlet length of pipe. It will pass and bottom out on can.

Turn perforations away from inlet.

Tack weld and done.

Want more noise, turn perforations to inlet.

Want more back pressure, use fewer holes.

I estimated surface area of pipe diameter given and doubled area in perforations. Use many smaller holes or irregular perforations.

Seems to work. Will get back to you after a few trips.

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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby eklimek » Mon May 26, 2014 6:13 pm

The round bar on the end lines up 90 degrees from linear perforations. Yes, the centre stand is fully functional.
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Re: GL1100 exhaust system where to buy?

Postby eklimek » Mon May 26, 2014 6:18 pm

Forgot to mention that you will indent the axle side, inlet side, in both mufflers. This tucks them in about an inch.




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