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Hi all just joined the club and if you read my intro you will know my GL hasn't run for a LONG time so expecting the worse. However I do know one thing and that is the headers are screwed. They consist of about 90% rust and 10% air. Now I have always hated the std exhaust on the GL I like mine to be heard not overly loud but a nice rumble. Now it doesn't matter what you use for a "silencer" if you don't have good headers you're wasting your time. So does anyone have some good ideas or a readymade solution to my problem and one that is preferably in the UK or Europe. Forgot to say the Bike is a 1980. :praying:
 

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Welcome to the forum.

For what it's worth the 1980 Goldwing was an 1100 and the header/muffler was one piece each side. The last year of the 1000 was 1979.

That said you can widen your search as any headers off a four cylinder Goldwing will bolt to the head and in North America many Harley's leave the dealers with straight pipes, the original unused mufflers can be bought fairly cheap.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

For what it's worth the 1980 Goldwing was an 1100 and the header/muffler was one piece each side. The last year of the 1000 was 1979.

That said you can widen your search as any headers off a four cylinder Goldwing will bolt to the head and in North America many Harley's leave the dealers with straight pipes, the original unused mufflers can be bought fairly cheap.
Thanks for that info Ken, but my European (Dutch) registration it is first registered in 1980, maybe it was a 79 that sold in 80 could be. My Vin number is 80HONML11056517 so if can glean anything from the chassis number that would be cool. All cars have one that can be looked up so why not Bikes? Ian :bow:
 

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MAC makes headers for the 1000.
One of several eBay links here.
 

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I don't believe non-North American vehicles necessarily have VINs in accordance with the American Federal regulations that took effect in the 1980 model year, but I have never seen one. Your European number is not only the wrong length, but none of the digits and characters map to an American VIN, so those VIN-finder sites won't help you.
In North America at least, Honda stamped the VIN on the right side of the steering neck. It consists of a a model code, which for the GL1000 is GL1, followed by a dash, then a seven-digit serial number. It didn't have the year or the manufacturer embedded in it, as yours looks like. Is that from the frame, or your paperwork? It looks like an assigned number.
Beginning in 1980, the 17-digit number had the country of origin, manufacturers code, model code (which is no longer easy to understand),year, and some other things I'm too lazy to look up, as well as the sequential unit number, which was still 7 digits.
You "should" be able to tell the year and exact size from the engine serial number. There was never any reason for those to vary, and Honda kept the formats the same forever--their internal model code with an E at the end (for "engine"), followed by a dash and the sequential unit number. These never match the frame numbers, unlike other manufacturers. Some people have stated that they have seen matching numbers on a Honda, but it would be a fluke--Honda just didn't do it that way. The numbers were stamped before the engines and frames were mated up.
 

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The aus/jap vin numbers are 17 digit as well. With the vin check site my aus/jap info was not available but if I changed a character it came back check digit incorrect so I know the vin number is legitimate.
 

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Okay Thanks guy's that number is the only one on my documents, I think in the states you call it a pink slip. So until I get over to the bike in Holland I can't check it out, it does say it is struck into the yolk head. Not all that important as it does say K3 and it was first registered in Holland on the 16 of the 6th 1980, so could easily have been an import from say Belgium or Germany, luckily the bikes are not handed ie LHD or RHD. But I do have a Frame number also which is GL2-4016517
 
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