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B44 shooting star high level pipe
#790464 11/18/19 7:51 pm
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Hey guys - just bought my first British bike having only ever owned jap and Italian bikes. I went for a 1967 B44 shooting Star / Victor Roadster with matching frame and engine numbers (B44R*****). It was re imported from Missouri and had the engine re built by Ratio rebuilds before I bought it so it starts and ticks over nicely.
My question is this - the standard low slung pipe is pretty rotten and needs replacing. Is it possible to fit the high pipe and short silencer as seen on the victors ? It looks as though it might interfere with the standard oil tank but not sure. This is purely for aesthetic reasons as I really like the high pipe look.

Any advise as to any mods needed would be appreciated.

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Re: B44 shooting star high level pipe
Jon law #790482 11/18/19 10:10 pm
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This is potentially fraught as the supply base do not provide right pipe to silencer combination information to buy them matched, 68, 69 and 70 all need the right pipe and silencer and are all different so 3 pipes and 3 silencers to get mixed up. I don't have a 67 to check the oil tank but hi level 67/68 does clear the 69/70 tank. You will need add a clamp on the frame.

Re: B44 shooting star high level pipe
Jon law #790484 11/18/19 10:25 pm
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I have no knowledge of the oil tank on a Shooting Star. This shot will show you the hi pipe and oil tank on a 69 Victor Special. Of course this is the longer silencer. The trick as Kommando mentions above is that you need the exact silencer/pipe combination due to the length and bends where the silencer goes on.

Does your frame have the mounting plate welded on for a high silencer as per photo?

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Jon law #790486 11/18/19 10:26 pm
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Ok, thanks Kommando - food for thought. Glad I didn’t just order them as they are quite expensive.

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Jon law #790488 11/18/19 10:35 pm
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The 68 (only) high pipe combo will work just fine, however you might need to heat-protect the oil line as it passes pretty tightly to the pipe (BSA just wrapped them with a tight coil spring). And as Kommando says, you'll need to fasten the muffler to the frame with a p-clamp or the like... look at a 68 VS frame picture to get an idea, just a simple tab, unlike the 69 models.

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Jon law #790489 11/18/19 10:38 pm
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beat me to it... the Victor pipe runs inside the frame & the cover of the SS hangs down in that area farther than the tank itself. same tank except the tabs for the cover. might work though... not sure. maybe somebody that has both could take a measurement. and speaking of tanks.... old Brit fiberglass does not play well with modern gas. I would check local experience on that one. I fought my SS tank for years

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Mitch #790497 11/18/19 10:59 pm
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Mitch, the pipe still sits below the bottom of the cover, plus the pipe is inside the frame, cover is outside. I bought a VR done like this years ago (though I switched it back to stock).

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Jon law #790555 11/19/19 12:06 pm
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I also have a B44R from the US, so same 1967 bike. Some one did exactly what you are proposing before I got it when they "converted" it to a VS and the mounting tabs are already on the frame or at least they are on mine. It clears the oil tank just fine, again at least it does on mine. Looks good though I am saving up for a "Peanut" muffler and pipe (looks even better!).

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Jon law #790635 11/19/19 10:34 pm
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Some great advice here - thanks.
The fibreglass tank was already lined and it looks like a pro job so hopefully it is ethanol proof ? My frame doesn’t have the high level silencer bracket so I would have to make something up. I compared the victor oil tank photo with my tank and as Steve mentions it would definitely be too close to the oil pipe. Maybe fitting a victor oil tank would cure that but then I might as well have bought a victor in the first place !

In hindsight I think I,ll keep it simple and fit a standard pipe. As a new member I,m really grateful for the responses and will probably be asking more questions in the near future.

Cheers !

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Jon law #790926 11/22/19 1:13 pm
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Hi Jon, Where in sunny South Yorkshire are you?


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Re: B44 shooting star high level pipe
Jon law #790933 11/22/19 1:48 pm
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I bought my low level exhaust from

http://www.ripemotorcycles.co.uk/RIPE%20unit.htm

Fits and is good quality.

Re: B44 shooting star high level pipe
Allan G #790960 11/22/19 4:22 pm
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Hi Alan - Wombwell, between Barnsley and Sheffield. I see you are a fellow Tyke ! Thanks for the link kommando, I,ll have a look. Cheers.


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