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Johnny z
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Hello, I am currently restoring a 1978 gl1000. I am having a tough time finding a set of mufflers and all the brackets from the head pipes out, or even a complete exhaust that looks decent. I'm not looking for a brand new set, something used but not abused is o.k. I guess I can go aftermarket, but I really don't like the choices for the gold wing. I would like to know what other pipes and muffler combinations would work and look decent for an otherwise stock wing. I am also going to put together a cafe wing, and will need pipes for that also among other items. Anyone have a stock seat and grab rail for a 1978 ? Anyone have a source for these parts?
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The best and cheapest option is to use Harley Sportster take offs. The are to be had for $20 to $50 on Ebay. They are new or almost new mufflers. I have a set on my 76. They look great and sound great. Nice low rumble and not really very loud except when you twist the throttle hard. Do a search here and you will find threads about this.
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Thanks for the info. Do you have a picture of your bike with these pipes?
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I have sportsters on mine too, and agree they are an ideal solution.



You can make them as long as you want by adding a pipe between the header and the muffler. I kept mine short.
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Thanks for the picture. I see that they do look pretty good. And nice bike by the way.
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Fred,
What a beautiful looking bike.
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Thanks guys, a work in process but the goal is to be always ridable except in winter.
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I just found this picture of a 4 into 1 exhaust that looks very nice. I wonder if it can be bought ?
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If you find the four into one, let us know as lots of folks are seeking that solution.
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Here's at least one exhaust that is 4 into 1 way too much money for me.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/goldwing-exhaus ... es&vxp=mtr
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or there is this way



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this might be a good way to go too !
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scotterichmond wrote:this might be a good way to go too !
there was supposed to be a link to a craigs list muffler for $40
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One of these forums, maybe goldwingfacts.com, had a post with a black 77 with Triumph Bonneville aftermarket replacements. It looked very nice and resembled the shape of the stock muffler chrome trim and longer chrome tips. I am unable to find the post now but will post it when I find it.
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O.K. Just picked up a real nice set of sportster pipes on ebay for @ $50- what a deal!!! I would like to know how to handle clearing the center stand on the left side. Can you or anyone else with this set up share a picture or care to describe how to best handle this. Thanks 8-)
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No big deal for me, just canted them up a bit as shown in the picture above, then you need to make a center-stand stop as part of the support bracket as the old center-stand stop was on the horseshoe muffler. I am pretty sure my center-stand now parks up as high as the original.
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Thanks for sharing your how to on these mufflers. So as I understand you made a stop as part of the muffler bracket for the left side pipe? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks again. 8-)
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You are correct, the left side bracket both supports the muffler and has a hang down tab tostop the center stand before it crashes into the muffler. The right side bracket does not need a stop.
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O.k I am missing the stock muffler brackets, now I understand your reference to it incorporating the center stand stop :oops: While I try and find some decent stock brackets, I'll probably fabricate something in the mean time. Thanks again for all your help. Any ideas on where to find a decent stock exhaust system for a '78? :?:


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