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    Haha, you guys are great. Gormin's gourmet GS, it...

    Haha, you guys are great. Gormin's gourmet GS, it rolls right off the tongue. Ed, thanks for the Berryman's tip, though the engine's already been reassembled with oil+filter changed.

    Chuck, that...
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    Thanks for that vid & pics Rich, cool little...

    Thanks for that vid & pics Rich, cool little tool. Pity, I already have so many..

    Regarding darkening the aluminum on the engine, it won't matter as I'm painting it with VHT primer/satin black.
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    Watching this thread, as I had an odd & similar...

    Watching this thread, as I had an odd & similar issue with my tensioner until I kind of forced the knob clockwise.. Hadn't thought to lock it though.

    GregT, when you do keep it locked, what are...
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    Cleaning tips for grit and baked oil

    Heya,
    I've been working on documenting the process of doing a top-end job on my 450 for other newbies, once done I'll be painting the engine in-place.

    Two part question:


    How can I remove...
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    So, great news. I considerably rounded the sharp...

    So, great news. I considerably rounded the sharp edge of the chamfer at the bottom of the cylinders using an oval cross-section swiss file, then applied a thick silicone grease.
    Pistons slid right...
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    Best cylinder mounting tricks?

    Hey everyone,
    I just honed my cylinders with a flex hone and put on new piston rings. Managed to get the first cylinder in with lots of marvel mystery oil, a slice of an arizona tea can (thinner...
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    D'oh!

    Rumors of my rear bearing's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    Does this work? :facepalm:
    No? Well, how about this: :stupid:

    Turns out after:

    adjusting tension with the bike on its...
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    Alright, resurrection time: Turns out this was...

    Alright, resurrection time: Turns out this was due to the axle castle nut not being quite tight enough. Once I got it a bit tighter, the EBC shoes (which come pre-slotted, btw) have been quieter than...
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    So I did a bit more investigating while I wait...

    So I did a bit more investigating while I wait for the replacement drive/driven plates to arrive.

    The countershaft sprocket is tight, rear wheel is straight, chain is a little loose but I can't...
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    Alright, Redman, gonna just order a new set of...

    Alright, Redman, gonna just order a new set of friction and driven plates.

    Gorminrider, slipping clutch could certainly explain seemingly overheated oil (my understanding on a key cause for it...
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    Black oil, Slipping clutch

    Hey guys,
    I'm having trouble tracing this down: My engine runs superbly when I first start her up, and for a little while once I remove the choke. But once I get off the highway I notice it's a lot...
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    Scuffed up the clutch plates and friction disks...

    Scuffed up the clutch plates and friction disks with red scotch brite, cleaned with alcohol, new OEM springs. Bike feels like it got +15HP, I expect oil temps will go down too.
    Also replaced what I...
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    Thanks for that fastbysuzuki, I'll look into that...

    Thanks for that fastbysuzuki, I'll look into that for the 1000 I'm bringing up. What were the OEM seals made out of?
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    Pity that this project has been seemingly...

    Pity that this project has been seemingly shelved.. Well, time to pick up the clues and continue forth.

    Would anyone still have the wiring diagrams available? Thanks kindly.
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    Nice bike trevor. It's really fascinating to see...

    Nice bike trevor. It's really fascinating to see how motorcycles of yore evolved into the lean mean machines they are now.

    I wonder whether the new gen will hold up as well as our 40 year old...
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    Ed, were those the blue viton ones you've seen?...

    Ed, were those the blue viton ones you've seen? What's a good source?

    I wound up ordering OEM NOS since I'd like to do this work come the weekend, but I'm likely going to do this step once again...
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    Hey Rich, forgot to mention that I got some OEM...

    Hey Rich, forgot to mention that I got some OEM rings as well. With the hope, of course, that there are no gouges in the cylinder walls..

    Any recommendations on seals? Leaning towards OEM, though...
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    *scribbling notes for my GS1000G* Looks great...

    *scribbling notes for my GS1000G*

    Looks great Mel. I'm practicing some of the stuff you're doing on my GS450, no other way to gain experience otherwise.

    How does one know if it's necessary to...
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    Status update: she's been running pretty well...

    Status update: she's been running pretty well these past few weeks, though seemingly burning a bit of oil. Spark plugs look ok, light dusting of carbon and no wet spots. No blue smoke out the...
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    Yeah Roger, love seeing the remnants of Santa Fe....

    Yeah Roger, love seeing the remnants of Santa Fe. Old railroads are pretty cool!

    Thanks for the tips trevor, I'll check out klim.

    Did a bit of riding in the rain tonight, I gotta say that I...
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    Metric bikes = metric measurements right? Nah, I...

    Metric bikes = metric measurements right? Nah, I just like metric better than SAE measures haha.

    But I bet you'd be a fellow to ask about good wet weather gear, eh?
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    '82 450L Drum Squeeeeal

    Hey guys and gals,
    Having an issue that's been annoying me for a few months now.

    I bought EBC shoes for my 450's rear drum brakes a few months ago, but they squeal consistently all the time. I...
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    80km [50mi] ride each way to and from San...

    80km [50mi] ride each way to and from San Bernardino. Cold last night, rainy almost the whole way back today. Brr, still love riding.

    Gotta find waterproof or heated gloves though.
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    Phew. Long day yesterday, removed engine, split...

    Phew. Long day yesterday, removed engine, split case, found I'd acctidentally reversed a gear in the transmission, reassembled case, remounted into engine.

    My back is sore :P

    Anyway, I'll give...
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    Well, everything seemed correct on the gearshift...

    Well, everything seemed correct on the gearshift mechanism. I've matched the shift mechanism behind the clutch as best I can to what both suzuki and clymer manuals specify. I verified this last...
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