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This silencer came into my possession about 4 years ago. I paid little attention to it; it was just part of a load of stuff I bought. Then about two years later, deciding to do something with it, I noticed that it seemed remarkably intact. Anyone who knows these horseshoe silencers will know that the inlets are nearly always either rusted or missing completely. The inlets on this were perfect.
The paint was a mess as were the chrome tips and the side panels were missing. Cleaning the old paint off, I was totally astonished to find that the whole body appeared to be plated, cadmium or possibly nickel plated! I have had a number of these horseshoes through my hands over the years, but never a plated version!
The body was almost perfect. Just some small areas where insignificant surface rust had started, as you can see in the pictures. I coated these with rust converter.
Likewise, when bumped around to see what dropped out from inside, there was next to no rust.
The general consensus is that this is a silencer off one of the special LTDs, from '76. That would make perfect sense as several parts were special to those bikes; many of which were plated instead of painted. I should have realised this, as it came with other LTD parts in that pile of parts.
The chrome tips were impossible to find in two years of hunting. Then a company in England started to make complete new silencers. It took quite a while to persuade them to sell me the tips and side protectors. Eventually they did, when I explained the significance of this silencer.
These parts are beautifully made in polished stainless steel; never going to rust. But the cost was considerable.
The tips are NOT a direct replacement. They took some work to fit, but boy, do they look good!
I bought a new rubber stop for the centre stand and had the mounting plates powder coated. The original chrome plated mountings were missing so I had to source others. Chroming these was not an option.
I wanted to have a complete 'new' silencer, but the inlet clamps are rarer than the proverbial gold plated hens tooth. After two years, finally they turned up. One here in the UK and one at a dealer in the Netherlands.
But the cost of these two clamps.....well, I doubt you would believe me if I told you!
OK, I will tell; over $150 for the two clamps and screws, including the shipping.
To powder coated the body would have meant it got blasted, thus removing the plating. No point in that, so it has had about ten coats of VHT satin black paint instead.
The side protectors screws, washers and the domed nuts on the mounting plates are also stainless steel.
As you should realise by now, this is not the average piece of junk that you find on eBay. I have gone all-out to make this as good as it can possibly be.
Look at all the pictures, take in just what you are seeing and then tell me just how much you want this amazing piece of history!
NICKEL PLATED BODY
NO RUST UNDERNEATH
A LITTLE RUST ON THE WHEEL LINE
A LITTLE RUST ON TOP
EXPENSIVE HEN'S TEETH !
NEW CENTRE STAND BUMP RUBBER
POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL PANELS
VHT SATIN BLACK PAINT
POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL TIPS
GENUINE O.E.M. CLAMPS
Ok, so there you have it. Probably the best used horseshoe silencer out there, and almost certainly the only rebuilt LTD silencer.
As you can see, I have spared no expense to get this rare unit right. To be totally honest, if I had known at the start what it was going to cost me, I probably wouldn't have done it. But once you start down a road, sometimes the only option is to continue down it.
If you are restoring an LTD, or for that matter any early GL1000, you know the rubbish that is out there for some serious money. This one is serious money, but just look what you are getting.
If you have arrived here from another site, email me an offer at the address below.
Email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, don't try to lowball me. You know what this is worth!
Just a thought. This will be fairly expensive for international shipping. It weighs10Kg / 22Lbs which is not too bad, but the shape will demand a BIG and very strong box, taking it into the volume catagories.