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Always go stainless , always always always . Dusty
many of the "chrome" headers, particularly on Harleys, are actually covers over a steel header.Some of us like the "stainless look" that gets that brown patina.
I think Dusty uses a pink powdercoat...
Had my Best Penis Extenders and exhausts rechromed locally - havenít finished it but the chrome has gone to shit, bastards. The stainless exhaust on my Daytona developed a nice colour, maintained the golden sheen with brasso of all things... :1: stainless
I have to jump on the stainless bandwagon too. I've had both over the years and stainless looks so much better after a while.
There are other factors to take into consideration before you make a final decision between chrome and stainless. What mufflers do you plan to use? Some of the stainless headpipes are made of 38 mm pipe and are "necked down" to 37 mm where the mufflers slip on. The necked down area isn't quite long enough for some mufflers (Lafranconi "Frankfurters" being one and IIRC MACs are another) unless the inlet is somehow opened up (which ruins the chrome). If you can afford a full Mistral or Armours stainless system, then you'll be okay. https://www.armoursltd.co.uk/product/pipe-moto-guzzi-v7/https://www.armoursltd.co.uk/product/silencer-moto-guzzi-v7-with-balance/Because they are 38 mm in diameter, some of the stainless pipes also interfere slightly with the "box" sidestand mount on the "police" left crashbar. I've had to do some grinding to make clearance more than once...
Had my V7Sport exhausts rechromed locally - haven�t finished it but the chrome has gone to shit, bastards. The stainless exhaust on my Daytona developed a nice colour, maintained the golden sheen with brasso of all things... :1: stainless
My MuZ 660 single came with a stainless exhaust system. Now the header pipes are black and the muffler is a bright gold. The header isn't really noticeable on this bike w/radiator and I like the look of the gold muffler.
People with a different circumstance, having either visible header or persnickety eyes, need to polish a stainless header fairly regularly. Otherwise it will eventually be pitted and dull brown. The good news is that heavily oxidized stainless headers can very often be rescued with machine polishing, usually off the bike, and so they can be a good used buy (Guzzi Content)Stain Magic is reasonably good for hand polishing, but not the miracle they would have you believe.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TNuecgpQOAk
And here I've been living with the black chromed steel headers for so many years, even thinking that they're looking good. But now I'm told otherwise, and that the best thing I can do is to start looking for some stainless ones. You WG members are for sure a merciless lot ,as I'm getting to understand now that most of my choices and most of what I'm doing to the bike is bad or wrong.Its not without a certain pain that I must confess that I made my luggage-rack without any use of vise grips, and I don't want to talk about the dreadfully uncomfortable stock seat today. What`s important to me now is to try and save the humble remains of my self-esteem. Looks good mate, you must be doing something right
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