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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #60 on: August 05, 2012, 08:04:21 am »
I like the Busa forks. But, I like the spoke wheel better.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2012, 05:22:12 pm »
Here's the header I have to order to keep good ground clearance with the Busa front and 17" wheels .....
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #62 on: August 20, 2012, 05:34:48 pm »
mmmmmm...... sexy!!!!!!
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #63 on: August 20, 2012, 07:57:19 pm »
yea, it sure is isn't it .....I have to be careful though. I am fast approaching the $$ figure where I have way more in this than it will ever be worth to anybody but me .....

And the Gix is already that way...don't need 2 like that ...LOL
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #64 on: August 20, 2012, 08:31:52 pm »
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #65 on: August 23, 2012, 03:04:04 am »
man, just be careful when you do the math on the clearance you need for that header.


i am not a fan of those things.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #66 on: August 23, 2012, 04:10:43 pm »
yea, I'm aware of that GL1.. I've done a couple bikes before this one .....It will fit just right. :21

Why don't you like Marvings?? I've never had an issue with one in the past ..They are about 100000x's better than a MAC.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #67 on: August 23, 2012, 04:37:52 pm »
im not a fan of the 4 into 1 period.

as i said in another thread, a bolt on aftermarket 4/1 header cost my oldest brother his life when it caught pavement and dug in, flipping the bike and pinning him between it and a light pole, completely crushing his chest and internal organs. all because the designer did not take into account the way the bike it was designed for would be ridden.


just not a fan. i believe them to be dangersous.


reason enough?
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #68 on: August 23, 2012, 05:20:50 pm »
Marving (and most) 4-1 systems are designed with ground clearance in mind,  tucking the pipes up and in closer to the bike.  The exemption to this are 4-1 drag pipes which usually run straight back. The Vance & Hines Sidewinders for example are a horrible street bike choice while the V&H Megaphone system is brilliant.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #69 on: August 23, 2012, 06:03:42 pm »
then racing add ons have changed a lot since '91.


still dont like them. will never use them. dont like to see people with them.


i guess you could say its a personal problem.
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #70 on: August 23, 2012, 06:51:28 pm »
That's how they've been designed for decades. For example:
Stock GS1000 w/stock exhaust.


GS1000 w/ V&H Megaphone exhaust (the design of this system hasn't changed in 30 years)


GS1000 w/ V&H Sidewinder system.
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #71 on: August 23, 2012, 06:57:42 pm »
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #72 on: August 23, 2012, 10:20:38 pm »
that looks about right. but it was a gs550s.

look, im not arguing the point. im merely stating my concerns for the safety of a fellow rider and my reasoning for.

i got the details from the man who was behind him and saw it happen.


you will not convince me of their safety.
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« Reply #73 on: August 23, 2012, 10:41:13 pm »
GS1000 w/ V&H Sidewinder system.

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Das sexy! Like three other VH exhaust though..

What about Kerker? They make one?
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« Reply #74 on: August 23, 2012, 11:19:33 pm »
GS1000 w/ V&H Sidewinder system.



Das sexy! Like three other VH exhaust though..

What about Kerker? They make one?
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Kerker did, I have one in my shop. They stopped production on the GS systems some time ago.

As for safety of after-market exhaust systems,  much like every other after-market part, quality parts, quality installation and choosing the proper part for the job are key.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #75 on: August 24, 2012, 01:46:22 am »
it was a kerker. it was installed right.


no. i think im done here.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #76 on: August 24, 2012, 04:23:14 am »
I apprecieate your concern GL1.

And most of the reason for choosing the HAND MADE Marving Race header is it's fitment.  It offers the most ground clearance of any header out there. And it is made to order, specifically for my bike when I order it.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #77 on: August 24, 2012, 08:52:12 am »
Nice. Looking good. Just saw this thread. Looks like you had your work cut out for you. Awesome job
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #78 on: August 24, 2012, 05:18:59 pm »
WOW, this went to holy crapville fast..... over an exhaust system?? :groan
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #79 on: August 29, 2012, 05:57:33 pm »
ANYWAYS....... Some more goodies came in today. Headlight brackets and clip on's for the Busa forks ....... :D
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #80 on: August 29, 2012, 07:25:00 pm »
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #81 on: November 02, 2012, 03:19:38 pm »
Stay tuned...... ;)
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #82 on: November 04, 2012, 05:41:16 pm »
The GS has landed.....


I will update this thread, as it has become my winter project, now!!


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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #83 on: November 05, 2012, 10:14:29 am »
Glad you made it home with no problems Butch...Can't wqait to see progress pics !!!
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #84 on: November 07, 2012, 06:01:32 pm »
Today was focused on the two highest priorities - exhaust and carbs

The stock carbs are in HORRIBLE shape, Dale included a set of KZ650 carbs that he put in the parts pile. 

GS550 stock carbs:


KZ650 carbs:


The starter plungers (choke) were stuck in both sets of carbs:


So I soaked them am got them cleaned up and freed:


I disassembled both sets and installed the KZ carbs on the GS rack:


I need to find one emulsion tube for the starter jet on the #1 carb 'cuz it was broken.  The GS tubes are the same size, but the height of the cross drilled hoes are different, so I will see if I can find a junk carb for the part before trying the GS one.  However it would only affect the operation while choked, so it wouldn't be that big of a deal to use one from the GS carb.

And I need to get a gasket set.

Next was the exhaust.  Dale said he thought that the collector/muffler that came with the Jardine system were for a different bike.  After I test fit the system I don't think that this is the case.  It seems to be correct, except that the hanger bracket is welded in the wrong location:





I will just cut it off and weld it in the right place.


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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #85 on: November 07, 2012, 06:20:07 pm »
If you aren't already a member sign up at www.thegsresources.com good place for parts and random bits of GS info.
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #86 on: November 07, 2012, 06:21:41 pm »
That site is already in my quick links list, Ian!! :21
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Re: Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #87 on: November 08, 2012, 08:52:36 am »
So glad this stayed within the group. Such a great bike and deal! Can't wait to see how this turns out. :21 :pop2

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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #88 on: November 08, 2012, 08:17:39 pm »
So, today I worked a bit more on the exhaust:

I cut off the mis-located bracket:



Did some grinding:



A little Hi-temp paint, and it almost disappears:


A little more work, and it'll be barely visible.

I set it up in the correct position to be welded...


...I just have to learn myself to weld with the new welder I bought.  Practice welds start tomorrow...
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Re: '79 GS 550 BUDGET cafe build
« Reply #89 on: November 09, 2012, 03:44:10 am »
AWESOME Butch !! You are making good progress on this. I just got 2 boxes of pieces parts in the mail yesterday for my various projects....and NO TIME to work on them.... :groan
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