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  1. '80 GS550E. Thanks folks, this forum is superb!

    I made a boo-boo... when I converted the 550 to the 673, I obviously had chance to fix up a few things while it was apart. The clutch endfloat/rattle was one of them. I knew there was play there,...
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    Dropped into Paul Gilbert's Head Service and...

    Dropped into Paul Gilbert's Head Service and asked if he could run it on the grinder he does shims on (he's done my 550 shims before). He took it away for a few minutes, brought it back and it looked...
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    Looking good! :cool:

    Looking good! :cool:
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    Clutch basket welding - 1980 GS550E

    Hey folks, I've just pulled the clutch basket apart to fit washers to the rattling springs. When welding the old rivets to the retaining plate, does the rubber ring on the inside always melt? Or have...
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    Wow, we were trying the other end too. Maybe the...

    Wow, we were trying the other end too. Maybe the speed was too fast? Oh well, I'll drop it off for grinding tomorrow.
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    Out of interest, did the clutch hub machine...

    Out of interest, did the clutch hub machine easily on the lathe? I had a friend try to take some off mine using his lathe and then the mill, but the material is so hard the machine just skips...
  7. For the front calipers, the rubber goes on the...

    For the front calipers, the rubber goes on the inside of the cylinder. On the rear it goes on the outside.

    Bit of a fumble, but will stay in place if the rubbers are new.
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    1980 GS550ET - Fork Oil/Air Gap

    Hey folks, I'm currently waiting on some Sonic Springs to turn up in Australia (only one guy working at USPS I think), and I'm wondering what air gap everyone is running without springs fitted? The...
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    I enjoyed reading those! Thanks folks, the AC...

    I enjoyed reading those! Thanks folks, the AC Delco one is great! :cool:
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    It's pretty foolproof to be fair. As long as you...

    It's pretty foolproof to be fair. As long as you have your selectors fitted correctly, the gears etc. should all move into the correct position if that makes sense?

    I numbered them on the 550,...
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    Thank you for the compliment! :cool:

    Thank you for the compliment! :cool:
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    I've not long done mine, and it's all on my blog...

    I've not long done mine, and it's all on my blog with pictures etc.

    Here's a link to the first post where I strip it, there's a few posts related. Oh, and the difference is phenomenal. This bike...
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    I used VHT on my 673 conversion with their primer...

    I used VHT on my 673 conversion with their primer too. Seems to hold up well so far.

    You can see pics on my blog https://biketech7.blogspot.com/2020/06/cleaning-crankcases-and-painting-engine.html
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    Exactly this! Why? Why not?

    Exactly this! Why? Why not?
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    My 1980 GS550E was fitted with the Kokusan system...

    My 1980 GS550E was fitted with the Kokusan system and i fitted several different condensers to it, including NOS. No matter what I did, intermittent sparking across the points kept occurring.
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    I can clarify that it will normally look like...

    I can clarify that it will normally look like it's slightly higher. To prove a point, set it one lower and it will be quite a long way below the surface — I've done it myself to make sure. Worn...
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    Hey Karl? Ben off the Facebook group here. Check...

    Hey Karl? Ben off the Facebook group here. Check out my blog again, there are four blog posts now on the start to finish for my 673 conversion.

    To keep it simple here, I used the cams out of the...
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    Advance unit springs.

    Does anyone happen to know of a supplier of the correct springs for the auto advance unit on a '79/'80 GS550E?

    Just completing the 673 conversion and the advance unit has one loose spring. I may...
  19. Aluminium sprockets are fine. Used them on Gixer...

    Aluminium sprockets are fine. Used them on Gixer thou's for years, never seen any discernible wear. Definitely go with the DID X-ring, probably one of the best on the market.

    And I'd definitely...
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    Cheers Steve, so maybe you guys get more ethanol...

    Cheers Steve, so maybe you guys get more ethanol in your fuel? I'm from the UK so not really sure what the quality is like here, but people do moan about it.

    I guess I'll go with the 110's and...
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    Engine is stripped at the moment. I've been...

    Engine is stripped at the moment. I've been running it for the last few years as a standard 550. The cam journals are worn though, and it finally burnt an exhaust valve out so I'm converting to a 650...
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    Jetting for the 673 conversion

    Hey folks, I'm slowly getting round to the 673 conversion of my 1980 GS550E. Now, I was going to change the main and pilot jets to the same spec as the GS650, but heard a lot lately about needing to...
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    1980 still on points ignition. The separate...

    1980 still on points ignition. The separate headers are the same part number, it's the silencers/mufflers that are different. Definitely shorter on the L model, but will they fit and still look ok?
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    Thanks Steve, think I''l wait for an E version to...

    Thanks Steve, think I''l wait for an E version to turn up.
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    GS550L Exhaust on a GS550E?

    As the title suggests, does the 550L exhaust fit the E model?

    Thanks in advance.
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