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'79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:06:55 pm »
Well, here we go .... I picked this bike up this week for the sum of $350.00 . Way down in Alabama, about 3hrs southwest of Chatt. As my Gixx is going to turn into a major project costing over $1500.00 easy. And weeks of work. SO, I am going to econo cafe this cheap bike to have a semi cool ride this summer. Then I can take my time on the '86 Gixx fix. So, with that in mind I started scouring ebay, CL, my buddies and Amazon for cheap cafe stuff. So far I have come up with almost everything to do a full cafe racer style bike with just an additional $700.00 outlay. I still want to upgrade the ignition to a Dyna S, and get better coils.Though not needed, it's just a good mod on these old GS's. So, that will prob set me back another $200.00 or a little less. (as i have a set of brand new Dyna mini coils just for a 4cyl zuki already) If I use those a Dyna will run me about $130.00, so, I will have about $1200.00 total into this build, including price of bike, and a new carb sync set. And I will be doing all the modification work myself. So, no additionallabor costs involved either.

This is what I started with....2 owner, 12,700 original miles. The older gentleman I bought it from has owned it since '89, and only put 4,000 miles on it in that time....been off the road since fall '05. He said he's tired of seeing it sit in his garage, and wanted it to go to somebody that would appreciate it. Said he had hundreds of emails on it. Talked to me for like an hour abuot bikes and stuff in general before he told me I could come down and pick it up. Kept in a climate controlled garage. And it had the mud daubers to prove it had been setting. Everywhere... between the carbs,in the headlight, under the seat, in the "glovebox"(OH, along with a $10 bill!!)Inside the airbox... inside the gauges...ect ...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 08:23:38 pm »
Then I proceeded to move the Gixx out of the way, and pull the GS into the work shop. where I went ahead with some basic surgery, removing pieces parts.Going to go through the carbs, and bump the pilot jets up to 17.5 from 15. Then bump the mains up to 87.5 or 90, from 80. and move the clip down 1 notch on the needle. This is because I am putting a NOS Jardine 4 into1 and a set of POD's on it. So, I have removed the front half of the factory airbox. The rear half has the electronics mounted to it......pulled the seat in preperation for a modded cafe style seat and tail. Took the bars and controls off, and front fender.This is where I'm at now.....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2012, 08:28:59 pm »
I think the exhaust and crash bars are coming off tomorrow. Then dropping the forks out, so I can clean up and paint the triples and forklegs, and clean the wheel up good...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 08:55:21 am »
this is cool..... looking forward to seeing it progress along.
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 08:59:46 am »
Going to be sweet!

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 10:04:28 am »
:pop2 .......Tunned in :21

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 06:11:07 pm »
Well, didn't do a dang thing to this today... Instead I played on my 4 wheeler..... :21

BTW, IAN..... do you know anybody that drills these old solid GS rotors?
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 06:57:25 pm »
Everyone just does it themselves. Make up a template or use a drilled rotor as one and use a good drill bit because they are stainless steel.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 07:37:15 pm »
good dealio, I thought I could do it myself. Just wandered if anybody did it on the side maybe...I'll use my original '86 rotor as a pattern ....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2012, 03:47:26 pm »
:27 holy hell you had that thing buried!! How did you get it out?

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2012, 03:45:50 am »
Let's see,.. three guys all my size or bigger, a couple logs, a few tree limbs ......it was a PITA, thats for sure curt ...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2012, 05:30:37 pm »
WELL...I got a visit from the ups man today ....

HEY Ian...
should I go 1" over stock on the rear shocks?? I am going with 12 series progressive's...with the HD spring... I'm thinking a 13.5" (12-1203B) would help it turn, and look good on a cafe style bike...That's 1" over stock .....
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2012, 06:40:15 pm »
Odds are those shocks are wore out anyway. Stock was about 13" if I recall. You can find some good deals on Chinese made piggy backs like mine on eBay but they are very stiff. Mine are turned nearly all the way down. The 750 is slightly heavier than the Thou though.
With the Progressive springs I'm running no spacer and no air and they work pretty well. I think next time I go back into them I'll add a ?" pvc spacer though.  

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2012, 07:26:12 pm »
Yea, stock is 12.5", that's why I figured 13.5 would give it a little better turn in.... I didn't think about the china made piggy backs....Hmm, I was just going to get the Progressive 12-1203B's I was talking about in the post above....they are gas charged and an inch longer than stock.....
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2012, 07:46:45 pm »
The Progressive shocks work well from what I've read but the Chinese knock offs look more the part and aren't bad for the money. If you dig around some of them are based off the old Fox shocks and are completely rebuildable.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2012, 07:57:50 pm »
I've been looking forthose knock off's and cant find them at all Ian ...send me a link man. ......lol... :groan
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2012, 09:05:31 pm »
Look for RFY or YSS shocks. YSS are more spendy but they have been around longer and are a bit better quality. The RFY's can be had for around 100 bucks a set, the YSS shocks start at around $600 a pair. I think I remember the GS750's being eye-to-clevis so make sure you get a set that are. Sometimes you can find a deal on a used set of Works shocks too. There are other brands out there but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2012, 03:21:52 am »
You are correct about the 750's, but mine are eye to eye....Remember, I'm just modding a little GS550.... just a little toy compared to your 1000 .....lol....

but I understand...you have a new distraction now ... ;)

And thanks, I found them...may order a set this weekend ... :21
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2012, 09:04:27 am »
Oh yeah. I knew that.
Works out better,  eye-to-eye are easier to find.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2012, 04:08:09 pm »
Well, im going to order these tomorrow Ian. I read a few diff forums on the net. And seems to get good overall reviews actually. So, they are cheap, and I'm going to try them ...

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2012, 04:43:11 pm »
Hard to beat for the money.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2012, 08:50:50 pm »
ok, some more progress today. got the center stand, rear shocks, rear foot pegs, inner fender plastic,headlight assy,forks,front wheel and exhaust removed today. And i found an '03 gsxr 750 nissan front brake master to run on it along with new lines, and an '88 gsxr 750 clutch lever and perch assy. I cleaned on one side of the rear wheel and it came up like new. So, Im pretty stoked about that too. Got 1 fork tube scuffed down, primed and painted gloss black also. I will post pics of the forks when they are both done ...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2012, 09:52:55 pm »
gonna be nice... now if i only had the money i could try and keep up with your build dale, lol
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2012, 10:08:40 pm »
I was thinking the exact same thing Jeff. For now I'll be living my build vicariously through you Dale. No pressure. Hoping to pick up a sand blasting rig up tomorrow though.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2012, 04:36:44 am »
IAN, any chance you have a gauge set with a good back piece  you would want to sell?? As you can see, mine is busted all up ....

remember....it's a '79 GS 550 ...

I am going to remove the front rotor and attempt to lay it out, and drill it.
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2012, 10:38:02 am »
I don't have any that would fit that style cluster.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2012, 04:48:31 pm »
moar pro gress ....

got the forks, triples,and headlight bezel painted;  :21

on to the headlight bucket,gauges,and headlight brackets tomorrow ....wednesday i am going to attempt to layout and drill the front rotor .... :groan
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2012, 06:40:15 pm »
the new headlight came in today...it is smexy for sure....along with the assembly I painted in ceramic gloss black .... some pics of it along with the refinished bracket. YES, it's a black chrome projector beam H4 conversion . Ialso got the front whel about 70% cleaned. It came up almost like new...how do you all think it would look with satin black spokes ?

Now it's time to talk to Nick about that HID for it ...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2012, 07:30:15 pm »
dale, stop making me look bad, lol...... i need to seriously get some work done on mine
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2012, 09:48:07 pm »
i vote hell yes on black spokes