EXHAUST SYSTEMS


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby tallman21 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:44 pm



Hey guyss, I havnt been on in a bit but im trying to find a super cheap way to quiet my mufflers. I read on here that you can cram it full of steel wool but wont that just clog the muffler up and kill the performance??



User avatar
HALBUDD
Posts: 846
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:14 pm
Location: New Albany In
Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200a&1985GL1200A & 1996 gl 1500 aspy. us army 74-77

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:01 pm

Dont use steelwool try scouring pad one of the old type I saw a picture in another post somewhere. Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

User avatar
HALBUDD
Posts: 846
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:14 pm
Location: New Albany In
Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200a&1985GL1200A & 1996 gl 1500 aspy. us army 74-77

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:19 pm

Tallman Go to page 3 of this forum look at adapting harly mufflers good pictures of what you need Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby tallman21 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:39 pm

Niceee thanks Hal. pulled through for me again

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby tallman21 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:29 pm

Allright how man we talking muffler? 2~3? As many as it takes? Lol

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby tallman21 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:41 pm

i used the pads and put 2 in on each muffler. started her up... in my entry way..... (gf wasn't to happy) and it was alot quieter.. this really wont hurt the performance tho?

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:34 pm

You can use steel wool, but make sure it is stainless, or it will quickly rust and clog things up. You don't want to cram it in to block them off - just enough to allow the exhaust gases to flow freely through. You might want to insert a baffle or two to hold them in place, or else you'll find your bike turns into a steel wool cannon the first time you start it up. :)

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby tallman21 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:51 pm

dont want that! i took some of the scrubbies out but not all. still is pretty quiet and seems that the engine is still running fine. Now time to clean that carb out :x I was thinking about spraying it down with carb cleaner and adding seafoam to my gas and letting it run.

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby Newport » Mon May 09, 2011 2:20 am

What can you tell me about after market exhaust systems for my 83 Aspencade?
My existing system is quite sad and although I can get it re-skinned and brought back to new appaerance it will cost over a grand.
There are no systems available in Australia and a used original set is too large to post into the country from overseas.
MOTAD in UK have a fully stainless steel system but the tailpipes appear to be very short and the muffler mounting appears to differ from original.
I found a few systems on USA web pages but there is insufficient deatil to know what the systems are made from so if you have experience with after market systems I am all ears!

User avatar
eklimek
Posts: 307
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Location: St Catharines Ontario Canada
Motorcycle: 81 GL1100 (Widowmaker not in service), 83GL1100, CB350f x 6, CB400f x2, CB550f sold, CL350 (seized engine), plus enough donors to take me through retirement.

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby eklimek » Mon May 09, 2011 8:51 am

I find the same with my new-to-me 81. I dislike the noise and note the same exhaust pipes as pictured in Tallman21 photo. I also have a 81 donor bike with bullet mufflers. Are they any quieter? I would like this to "glide" down the road with some chain and valve train action. Any one done this before?

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 9:42 am

The only aftermarket system I've seen is just way too expensive. I've read of quite a few people who have put Harley Sportster exhausts on - and over here all the HD guys want loud pipes, so they take those OEM Sportster exhausts off in favor of straight pipes or custom exhausts. As a result the Sportster OEM exhausts can be had fairly cheap. There's a bit of welding involved, but it's definitely doable.

User avatar
cpawilly
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:50 pm
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Motorcycle: 1984 Interstate

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby cpawilly » Mon May 09, 2011 4:46 pm

Definitely the way to go
Attachments

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby Newport » Tue May 10, 2011 7:17 am

CPAWILLY: As I am not familiar with all the different Harley models I sent your photo to a local Harley Shop and they reckon that your mufflers are off a Harley tourer and not a sportster.

This issue of exhausts is proving to be one of the most dificult in the total "down to frame" re-build of the 83A.
There are options but most of those readily available in the land down under are very expensive indeed.
Can you confirm the type of muffler used?
There are lots of different Harley mufflers on Ebay in USA and they may turn out to be my best option.
How did the centre stand fit into the Harley mufflers that you used?
Would it be asking too much to get a write up of exactly what had to be done to fit the Harley exhausts?
Did you use existing header pipes?
How did you go about hanging the mufflers from the bike frame? Did you make special brackets?

I will say tht your finished product looks fine.
How do these exhausts compare to the originals for noise and do they have a balance pipe?
Did you need to re-jet at all?

I trust I am not being peky and please know that advice and help is greatly appreciated.

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

Re: Mufflers So LOUD!!

Postby Newport » Tue May 10, 2011 7:25 am

[HALBUDD: I also would like to see the information on adapting Harley mufflers.
I tried a search and could not find anything.
Can you provide a link to the posting that is relative?

User avatar
eklimek
Posts: 307
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Location: St Catharines Ontario Canada
Motorcycle: 81 GL1100 (Widowmaker not in service), 83GL1100, CB350f x 6, CB400f x2, CB550f sold, CL350 (seized engine), plus enough donors to take me through retirement.

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby eklimek » Tue May 10, 2011 7:51 am

Harely mufflers range $50 - $200 a pair in local want ads. For example a random mosr expensive set listed below (seller unknown to me)

http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicle ... Z279063384

It's not the cost that makes me reluctant to start this project, I just don't want to end up with another noisy machine. If someone has done a whisper quiet exhaust would like to hear about it (no pun intended)

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 10, 2011 9:55 am

Here's a couple posts that I found on Steve Saunder's site about using Harley mufflers:

HD Mufflers on a GL1100

Cheap Alternative for GL1000 Mufflers

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby tallman21 » Tue May 10, 2011 10:12 am

at some point ill get some bagger pipes. but right now im having to much fun riding around :)

User avatar
eklimek
Posts: 307
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Location: St Catharines Ontario Canada
Motorcycle: 81 GL1100 (Widowmaker not in service), 83GL1100, CB350f x 6, CB400f x2, CB550f sold, CL350 (seized engine), plus enough donors to take me through retirement.

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby eklimek » Tue May 10, 2011 10:14 am

Thanks for the URL. However the comment -

"It is a little louder than the original pipes. "

makes this undesirable. I am seeking a stealth exhaust.

User avatar
tallman21
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100i

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby tallman21 » Tue May 10, 2011 10:18 am

you could always just buy an intact system on ebay. they will be quiet but expensive.

User avatar
cpawilly
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:50 pm
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Motorcycle: 1984 Interstate

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby cpawilly » Tue May 10, 2011 12:14 pm

My mufflers are 2006 Ultra-Glides, ~ 30 inches long, 1.5" ID

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby Newport » Tue May 10, 2011 5:39 pm

tallman21 wrote:you could always just buy an intact system on ebay. they will be quiet but expensive.


The problem with that option is there are no such animals in Australia and the postage to Australia is expensive and would require that the muffler to header pipe weld be cut as the assembly is too long for the post office.
Thanks for the though anyway.

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby Newport » Tue May 10, 2011 5:41 pm

cpawilly wrote:My mufflers are 2006 Ultra-Glides, ~ 30 inches long, 1.5" ID

Thanks for that information.
I can now search for something that I know will work.

User avatar
cpawilly
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:50 pm
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Motorcycle: 1984 Interstate

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby cpawilly » Wed May 11, 2011 7:53 pm

Oops, I mean the pipes are 1.75 ID. My offset pipe were made from Ebay Item number: 140518880478

Newport
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:46 am
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Motorcycle: 1983A Aspencade
2012 Triumph Tiger XC
Contact:

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby Newport » Wed May 11, 2011 8:26 pm

cpawilly wrote:Oops, I mean the pipes are 1.75 ID. My offset pipe were made from Ebay Item number: 140518880478

Thanks again kind sir!!

User avatar
eklimek
Posts: 307
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Location: St Catharines Ontario Canada
Motorcycle: 81 GL1100 (Widowmaker not in service), 83GL1100, CB350f x 6, CB400f x2, CB550f sold, CL350 (seized engine), plus enough donors to take me through retirement.

Re: EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Postby eklimek » Fri May 20, 2011 10:00 am

In my quest for a quieter exhaust I bought a nearly new par of Halrey mufflers. In other threads is described how to hang the mufflers. Herewith -

How to make adapter exhaust pipe to mount Harley muffler (about 4" outside diameter 30 " long)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harley muffler inlet 1 3/4" ID fits standard exhaust pipe 1 3/4" OD.
Goldwing manifolds are 1 3/4" OD. Pipe must flare this end to match.

Length of 1 3/4" standard exhaust pipe minimum 14" to allow centre stand to remain in use (Hint - make rear end longer and cut to suit while on the bike)

Offset proximal and distal end on parallel centre line by 2"
Keep bends toward the manifold to allow centre stand to fold up.

The stock indentations of the Harley mufflers will be at the rear wheel axle. The existing goldwing mounting bolt for exhaust hanger will be above inlet of the muffler.

Another mount must be fabricated usually from luggage rack to existing Harley mounts. These will be located below and just outside the luggage rack using this dimension.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Let you know how it sounds shortly.




Return to “GL1100 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest