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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2012, 10:18:34 pm »
Damn, I'm jealous of those wheels.

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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2012, 06:23:06 am »
That headlight looks killer. I will add another vote for black spokes.

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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2012, 07:31:37 am »
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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OKAY, so, I drilled it today... The top pics are how it started out....
the bottom is how it turned out...

AND, it was laid out by hand and eyeball, AND, drilled by eye also .......so, I know it's not perfect...... ;)
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2012, 10:54:27 am »
Looks good! Nice job man.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2012, 11:30:39 am »
not bad at all for eyeball work.  :21
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #35 on: June 28, 2012, 03:04:07 pm »
Thanks guys...it's not perfect, but hey, it's a barn built cafe, right. It's not meant to be perfect.

AND...... the rear shocks are here !!! :wahoo... here's a couple pics...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #36 on: June 28, 2012, 11:20:17 pm »
Maybe a dumb question. But, did you check the balance on the rotor or just going to do it with the tire balance?
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2012, 12:17:28 am »
well, it's laid out equal, it's all spaced equal(prob within half a mm or better) so it should still be in balance...

i will take care of it with wheel balance duece.....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2012, 05:44:45 pm »
Well, the Dyna S, oil filter,spark plugs,headstock bearings  and header are finally on the way .....

I hopeto have them all by the end of next week ....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #39 on: July 02, 2012, 10:08:41 pm »
got a little more done today...
Removed the crash bars, and ignition cover....rebuilt the forks with the new springs ect ...the fork gaitors came in too ...
removed the sprocket cover, and had this waiting for me...luckily it had no occupants ....LOL...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2012, 12:09:20 pm »
Did some cleaning and painting yesterday...What do you all think about this  ...did the lower half of the engine in low gloss black....the kickstart and gearshift are painted the same low gloss also. The frame is cleaning up like new, real shiny. I thought the engine looked better done in low gloss. I am leaving the head in bare aluminum, the way it is, just going to clean it good.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #41 on: July 04, 2012, 01:11:29 pm »
Nice :21 This is going to be like a new bike.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #42 on: July 04, 2012, 04:02:47 pm »
I wouldn't go that far curt ... It wont be near as nice as Ian's ride. Just a decent looking old little bike to scoot around on ...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #43 on: July 06, 2012, 11:36:03 pm »
well,....MAJOR set back. The NOS Jardine system....well, let's just say it won't work. They had half a GS kit and half a I have no dam clue kit put together. And never bothered to even look at the directions and make sure it was all the right parts. As they didn't even match with the simple instructions that came with it. So now I have to send it back, wait for a refund, then order another one from 1 of only 3 places that make them anymore. And 2 of those are across the pond. So, about 4+ weeks out on an exhaust system now.   Dam idiots... :33
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2012, 07:09:24 am »
That sucks! :-\

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2012, 09:13:42 am »
:mad Man, I am getting excited to see this one the road!!

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #46 on: July 08, 2012, 01:35:43 am »
I think I'm buying another '87 gsxr 1100 in the next week or two also .....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #47 on: July 09, 2012, 08:05:46 am »
WELL,.... another set back. I obviously must have got some second rate Pine-Sol from DG. It said Pine-Sol right on the label....but this is what it did to my carbs.....Which, if it isn't bad enough. #2 carb body has a pilot needle broke off in it ... :groan (Now I know why it wouldn't idle right before)

They weren't even near this bad when they went in the pine-sol a couple days ago....this stuff actually made them about 4x worse than when they went in ....the slides were even corroded stuck shut, and all the small ports packed full of this crap .....

BUT, Jeff Clabo (aka SUPER JEFF from now on). Has got a old set of KZ VM 24carbs I am going to tear down and rerack to fit my GS ..... :wahoo
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2012, 09:47:13 am »
No prob dale. Whatever I can do to help. 8)

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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #49 on: July 09, 2012, 10:27:02 am »
The dg brand pine-sole is horrible!
Re soak them in original pine-sole then clean them up. :21

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #50 on: July 20, 2012, 11:34:31 am »
Well, after some more research, I have found out that a Busa front end will slot into my 550 with a simple set of $40 bearings from all ballz. And a little bit of fab work. SO, I might end up with it and the gs1100 swinger with Busa wheels on it before it comes out this summer..... All I need to buy to do this is the $40 bearings, a $70 offset counter shaft sprocket, and a $90 set of billet headlight brackets. And make a set of clevis ends for my new shocks ......
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #51 on: August 02, 2012, 03:25:10 am »
Ordered the bearings to swap the front end today. Prob order the sprocket this week too, and the headlight brackets......I couldn't help myself...most mod the GS. It will be a GS550X when its done ...LOL...
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #52 on: August 02, 2012, 10:10:04 am »
Sweet!
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2012, 10:14:08 am »
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #54 on: August 04, 2012, 05:14:19 pm »
Well, I hung both front ends on the GS and I'm completely undecided which one I want to put on it.

IMO the Busa front end, and the newer wheels looks a bit too modern. And it will not have the cafe racer look or feel when coupled with the 1100 swingarm and 180 rear tire. And the Busa front end/17" wheels makes this bike about 2.5" shorter. Which equals less ground clearance .....

On the other hand, I like the stock front end look, but tire selection sux, and handling will be...well .... not the greatest. AND, I still have to find someone to press out the steering stem and turn it down more for the tapered bearings i bought to use in it. (To replace the old roller bearing style) then press it back in along with the new lower bearing..

What do y'all think .......
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #55 on: August 04, 2012, 05:53:55 pm »
imho.... busa all the way.... i love the beefy look of the forks.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #56 on: August 04, 2012, 07:36:32 pm »
If I go with the Busa frt end I will prob have to spring for a Marving Race style 4 into 1 header, to gain back the ground clearance .....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2012, 08:16:59 pm »
well do it already...... lol
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #58 on: August 04, 2012, 08:37:37 pm »
Another vote for the Busa front end.

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #59 on: August 04, 2012, 08:44:40 pm »
well do it already...... lol

Uhmm, well, they are $500.00. And hand made to order in Italy. It will be october before i have it .... :groan
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