GL1500 Exhaust Repair


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GL1500 Exhaust Repair

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My 1995 Goldwing GL1500 has developed a hole in the silencer tail after 100,000 miles. I did the down and dirty JB Muffler Patch to get me through the summer. The snow is now flying in the great white north so a more permanent fix is in order. The repair was cheap (like me) and I got a used stainless steel kitchen sink for a few bucks at a garage sale. I salvaged the stainless basin drain, cut and filed it to fit over the exhaust outlet pipe. Next I took a grinder to the Stainless sink and cut out a 3 inch wide strip to wrap the silencer. I put the weld seam in back for appearance. Cheap and easy. I hope the pictures attach. Looking forward to next season.
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Cheap, quick, easy- it doesn't get better than that! I'm going to file that away for future use.
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Nice job! You'd have to look close to even notice it.
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Absolutely great fix!
My non wing riding family is always ribbing me about Goldwings having ever option know to man. It now has the kitchen sink 🤣🤣🤣
Wait till I show them.
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looks like it’s because you covered the drain hole with metal tape
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Great work! 👍 Congrats, and thanks for sharing. Maybe this should be added to the How Tos Section. ✌😎

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I think that looks very Nice!
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That is so cool!! Adapt and overcome I always say and you knocked this one out of the park!!!! Very inventive. Cheap and easy fix. I will be filing this quick fix for the future. That's my kind of fix!
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powereng1 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:45 pm My 1995 Goldwing GL1500 has developed a hole in the silencer tail after 100,000 miles. I did the down and dirty JB Muffler Patch to get me through the summer. The snow is now flying in the great white north so a more permanent fix is in order. The repair was cheap (like me) and I got a used stainless steel kitchen sink for a few bucks at a garage sale. I salvaged the stainless basin drain, cut and filed it to fit over the exhaust outlet pipe. Next I took a grinder to the Stainless sink and cut out a 3 inch wide strip to wrap the silencer. I put the weld seam in back for appearance. Cheap and easy. I hope the pictures attach. Looking forward to next season.
How is that air tight? You said nothing about using a sealant or welding or brazing it to stop the air flow. That is for looks not for pressure. It will still leak.
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Zman457 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 10:14 pm Absolutely great fix!
My non wing riding family is always ribbing me about Goldwings having every option known to man. It now has the kitchen sink 🤣🤣🤣
Wait till I show them.
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Re: GL1500 Exhaust Repair

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Very clever!
How did you attach the drain to the muffler? JB Weld?
Do add a drain hole in it to allow the condensate out of the muffler (well, as much as possible that is)
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Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 4:31 am
powereng1 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:45 pm My 1995 Goldwing GL1500 has developed a hole in the silencer tail after 100,000 miles. I did the down and dirty JB Muffler Patch to get me through the summer. The snow is now flying in the great white north so a more permanent fix is in order. The repair was cheap (like me) and I got a used stainless steel kitchen sink for a few bucks at a garage sale. I salvaged the stainless basin drain, cut and filed it to fit over the exhaust outlet pipe. Next I took a grinder to the Stainless sink and cut out a 3 inch wide strip to wrap the silencer. I put the weld seam in back for appearance. Cheap and easy. I hope the pictures attach. Looking forward to next season.
How is that air tight? You said nothing about using a sealant or welding or brazing it to stop the air flow. That is for looks not for pressure. It will still leak.
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Re: GL1500 Exhaust Repair

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Very good thinking...nice job....I guess it all holds tight with a friction fit...
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Re: GL1500 Exhaust Repair

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Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 8:37 am
Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 4:31 am
powereng1 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:45 pm My 1995 Goldwing GL1500 has developed a hole in the silencer tail after 100,000 miles. I did the down and dirty JB Muffler Patch to get me through the summer. The snow is now flying in the great white north so a more permanent fix is in order. The repair was cheap (like me) and I got a used stainless steel kitchen sink for a few bucks at a garage sale. I salvaged the stainless basin drain, cut and filed it to fit over the exhaust outlet pipe. Next I took a grinder to the Stainless sink and cut out a 3 inch wide strip to wrap the silencer. I put the weld seam in back for appearance. Cheap and easy. I hope the pictures attach. Looking forward to next season.
How is that air tight? You said nothing about using a sealant or welding or brazing it to stop the air flow. That is for looks not for pressure. It will still leak.
Tim
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Hi Tim. Sorry about that. My computer skills are lacking. Whatever you have to do tp make it air tight works for me. JB Weld, Devcon, High Temp silicone, etc. My welding equipment and skills are also lacking but it could easily be made " Submarine tight" if the right welder was let loose on it. TAke care. James
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powereng1 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 9:33 am
Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 8:37 am
Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 4:31 am
How is that air tight? You said nothing about using a sealant or welding or brazing it to stop the air flow. That is for looks not for pressure. It will still leak.
Tim
Well, got this back with no answer. Strange.
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Hi Tim. Sorry about that. My computer skills are lacking. Whatever you have to do tp make it air tight works for me. JB Weld, Devcon, High Temp silicone, etc. My welding equipment and skills are also lacking but it could easily be made " Submarine tight" if the right welder was let loose on it. TAke care. James
Ok, thanks. Maybe even some plastic welding. :lol: take care.
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If you want it to be sealed properly it would be best to tig- weld it with stainless-to-steel which would be a 309 filler. That's assuming the exhaust is steel. If stainless to stainless you would use a 308 filler. And re-drill the weep whole. It pays to be a welder. A good muffler shop that has a Tig welder can fix you right up. And if the dirt and what not is removed from the chrome #0000 steel wool will clean that chrome up without scratching it. Make it shine right up! All in all I think it's a great fix no matter how you seal it. Just saying.
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cw'sGWGL19881500 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 11:19 am If you want it to be sealed properly it would be best to tig- weld it with stainless-to-steel which would be a 309 filler. That's assuming the exhaust is steel. If stainless to stainless you would use a 308 filler. And re-drill the weep whole. It pays to be a welder. A good muffler shop that has a Tig welder can fix you right up. And if the dirt and what not is removed from the chrome #0000 steel wool will clean that chrome up without scratching it. Make it shine right up! All in all I think it's a great fix no matter how you seal it. Just saying.
Then $5,000 for a tig machine and $300 for a bottle of argon. Lot's cheaper to buy an new exhaust. Oh, and then tig welding school. That's a few thousand at a community college. But they don't teach you to tig tin that thin. That takes months and months of training to do that. (Retired Welder, Tig, Mig, stick, flux core, sub arc, brazing, silver soldering.) :D
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Nice! Very creative use of materials.

Here's my solution for my 83 1100. A stainless glass pack from eBay ($60 pair). Works great, sounds nice!

I was saving for a Delkevic stainless system before they priced me out. And, contrary to what Delkevic claims, I've read their pipes do not work with interstate bags.
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Dirtrack650 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 1:08 pm Nice! Very creative use of materials.

Here's my solution for my 83 1100. A stainless glass pack from eBay ($60 pair). Works great, sounds nice!

I was saving for a Delkevic stainless system before they priced me out. And, contrary to what Delkevic claims, I've read their pipes do not work with interstate bags.
Wow, now that is nice. Too bad the pictures pixelate when you enlarge them to look closer. What a great idea. You didn't give us a link to it or the name of them. thanks.
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No need to buy welding equipment or any of that nonsense. If you do not already have the knowledge and equipment to do the job you just simply take it to a muffler shop or welding shop and have them do it for a fraction of the cost of a new muffler. I love it when miserable people try to complicate things. Over 40 yrs experience in the welding field here. Just saying.
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cw'sGWGL19881500 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 1:37 pm No need to buy welding equipment or any of that nonsense. If you do not already have the knowledge and equipment to do the job you just simply take it to a muffler shop or welding shop and have them do it for a fraction of the cost of a new muffler. I love it when miserable people try to complicate things. Over 40 yrs experience in the welding field here. Just saying.
:lol: Ditto.
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I had the great pleasure to circumnavigate Nova Scotia Cape Breton included with my son this past summer what a beautiful home you have.
I was on my 93 aspencade and he was on his 2017 Suzuki intruder boulevard or something nice nice ride.
Is there any chance you could teach Americans how to drive properly I never saw one rude offensive aggressive over the yellow line driver the whole time we were up there.
We met a couple of riders from Newfoundland... how is that for a ride?
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eusurp1 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 5:18 pm I had the great pleasure to circumnavigate Nova Scotia Cape Breton included with my son this past summer what a beautiful home you have.
I was on my 93 aspencade and he was on his 2017 Suzuki intruder boulevard or something nice nice ride.
Is there any chance you could teach Americans how to drive properly I never saw one rude offensive aggressive over the yellow line driver the whole time we were up there.
We met a couple of riders from Newfoundland... how is that for a ride?
Come to south florida in the winter time when all the snowbirds come down from November to april. Canadians are the rudest, worst tempered, self entitled, worst drivers we see here. Along with people from Ohio and Indiana. They are always saying...."up north, this is cheaper or that is better." We want to tell them, "Then why don't you go back up north." :lol:
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Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 6:32 pm
eusurp1 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 5:18 pm I had the great pleasure to circumnavigate Nova Scotia Cape Breton included with my son this past summer what a beautiful home you have.
I was on my 93 aspencade and he was on his 2017 Suzuki intruder boulevard or something nice nice ride.
Is there any chance you could teach Americans how to drive properly I never saw one rude offensive aggressive over the yellow line driver the whole time we were up there.
We met a couple of riders from Newfoundland... how is that for a ride?
Come to south florida in the winter time when all the snowbirds come down from November to april. Canadians are the rudest, worst tempered, self entitled, worst drivers we see here. Along with people from Ohio and Indiana. They are always saying...."up north, this is cheaper or that is better." We want to tell them, "Then why don't you go back up north." :lol:
Some people’s kids eh? 😎
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powereng1 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 6:46 pm
Tim 1956 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 6:32 pm
eusurp1 wrote: Sun Jan 01, 2023 5:18 pm I had the great pleasure to circumnavigate Nova Scotia Cape Breton included with my son this past summer what a beautiful home you have.
I was on my 93 aspencade and he was on his 2017 Suzuki intruder boulevard or something nice nice ride.
Is there any chance you could teach Americans how to drive properly I never saw one rude offensive aggressive over the yellow line driver the whole time we were up there.
We met a couple of riders from Newfoundland... how is that for a ride?
Come to south florida in the winter time when all the snowbirds come down from November to april. Canadians are the rudest, worst tempered, self entitled, worst drivers we see here. Along with people from Ohio and Indiana. They are always saying...."up north, this is cheaper or that is better." We want to tell them, "Then why don't you go back up north." :lol:
Some people’s kids eh? 😎
My apologies on behalf of Canada. We do have rude arrogant people. We used to push them out to sea on ice floes to never be heard from again. That was frowned upon by todays society. Now we just send them to Florida. Sorry eh?


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