Author Topic: VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted  (Read 4215 times)

Kettle One

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VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:40:40 am »
Looking for a pair of stock exhaust headers. Must be in good usable condition. Surface rust not a problem as they will be blasted and recoated.
Going to use them for a modified 2-2 system for my project. Let me know what you have.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2014, 08:51:47 am by Kettle One »

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Re: VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 11:10:39 am »
You probably already know this, but most likely eBay is going to be your best bet. There is also the Shadow 2 into 2 system. Another option may be to contact: http://jerryscyclesvintageparts.com/Honda-VT500-Ascot-Staggered-Duals--P266728.aspx
And see if you can buy some blemished MAC pipes to use the head-pipes. They come in a chrome type of finish, but you could probably either media blast them or chemically strip them.

Did you see the dual exhaust that someone fabricated for my VT500FT? I think they did a pretty good job. It looks pretty cool & it sounds nice. A bit of a metallic sounding bark, typical of the Super Trapp design, but not too obnoxious.

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J.

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Re: VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 11:24:51 am »
Thanks J. I already have a set of Macs that came with the bike. They are a bit rusty and I certainly could just use the headers, but there's a couple of things I don't like about them. First, I prefer the way the stock rear pipe curves around to follow the line of the engine casings. Second, there's too much of a gap between the pipes where they go horizontal under the bike. I prefer the tucked-in look of the stock headers. There are a few options on eBay right now......just thought I would try forum first.

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Re: VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014, 11:36:43 am »
I remember your pipes now. They don't look like they were installed correctly. The tail end of the pipes are mounted too low & need to be raised. I think that would allow the horizontal pipe runs to actually be parallel to the ground & close up the gaps. The OEM pipes do a better job of following the engine & don't release as much heat as the MAC pipes. That was one of the things I noticed about the MAC pipes right away. Whenever I would be caught in stop & go traffic my right leg would get hot.

Check out the pipe alignment on the bike below. See how much higher the tail-pipes are as compared to the shock.

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Re: VT500FT Exhaust Headers wanted
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014, 12:04:03 pm »
Hey Kettle One,

I did a quick search on eBay & found a few good deals & some not so good deals...

Check it out & see what you think.

Here you go!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/83-HONDA-SHADOW-500-muffler-header-system-EXHAUST-PIPES-1986-/151194916355?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2333eb5603&vxp=mtr#ht_22wt_1133

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-VT500-VT-ft500-EXHAUST-PIPE-header-2-in-to-1-vt500-500-ASCOT-ft-V-TWIN-/301006231170?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item46155e9682&vxp=mtr#ht_481wt_896

http://www.ebay.com/itm/83-vt500ft-vt500-vt-500-ascot-exhaust-muffler-pipe-/220649735185?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item335fbfc411&vxp=mtr#ht_816wt_1133

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-1983-VT500-VT-500-SHADOW-EXHAUST-WITH-MUFFLERS-SANKEI-2137-/400642599063?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5d4828e897&vxp=mtr#ht_1667wt_1133

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1984-HONDA-VT500-VT-500-SHADOW-Exhaust-Pipes-Mufflers-Headers-/400433957294?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5d3bb949ae&vxp=mtr#ht_1742wt_1133

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1984-VT500FT-ASCOT-EXHAUST-HEAD-PIPE-CHAMBER-MUFFLER-HONDA-VT-500-FT-1983-84-/181063966033?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a2840dd51&vxp=mtr#ht_1865wt_896

http://www.ebay.com/itm/0326-86-Honda-Shadow-VT500-VT500C-Full-Exhaust-Header-Exhaust-Pipes-/271298164659?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&fits=Make%3AHonda%7CModel%3AShadow%7CSubmodel%3A500&hash=item3f2aa177b3&vxp=mtr#ht_2407wt_986

http://www.ebay.com/itm/83-Honda-VT-500-C-VT500-Shadow-muffler-pipe-exhaust-/261080065766?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item3cc995a6e6


Good luck
J.