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Hello everyone, first-time post here. I recently picked up an 82' GL 500 for free that has sat in a storage unit for the last 6 years. I live in the Eastern US so I've been able to find some original parts. While the bike isn't in the best shape, a lot of the original stuff isn't too bad. That being said, the exhaust headers and H box are basically rusted together and the exhaust itself isn't too far behind. I've looked around the forums for different aftermarket header pipes (all I could find was a mention of Harley Sportster headers) but haven't had luck finding a link of something that would actually fit. If anyone had a link for pipes that would fit my year I'd appreciate it. Cheers!
I have one header, the hbox, and one muffler for sale if that helps you piece something together
 

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Thank you both for the replies. I've recently found a pair of headers for cheap on eBay and I may just do a shorter exhaust instead of the stock ones. Any comment on exhausts that pair well without the hbox?
One common approach is to use exhausts from an HD sportster 883 or 1200(?), which can be used with or without the hbox from what I understand. I used them on multiple bikes: CX500, GL1100, Triumph Adventurer and never had to rejet. You can often find them on Craigslist when the HD guys move to louder exhausts.

Find ones that don't have ports for crossover pipes and make sure they are the small Sportster ones. HD made larger ones for other models, but those may have clearance issues on the CX/GL. You may need to fab some mounting brackets, like this one from my GL1100.
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Here's an example on a CX Custom which I probably should have kept.
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Ok great thank you! I didn't want to rejet the carbs yet, at least until after we got the bike back to mostly original condition and then go from there. I'll take a look at some tonight. It looks like you have a middle link pipe connected in there too?
The first pic is the GL1100 with no hbox, crossover tube, or middle link. Just HD exhaust on GL1000 headers
The second pic is a CX500C with HD exhaust mounted directly to the hbox. No middle link pipe.

The GL/CX hbox will vary a little from model to model, so the exit angle may be different.
 
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