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    Years ago, out on a poker run across Washington...

    Years ago, out on a poker run across Washington State, the muffler on my GS1100E decided to divorce itself from my bike at close to 100mph. As it came off, it took a big chunk out of my rear wheel. ...
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    Slow progress. Trying to figure out how to get...

    Slow progress. Trying to figure out how to get the old base gasket off the bottom of the cylinder without wrecking it. Seriously bonded. Any tips or tricks appreciated. So far, of the things I've...
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    I thought I had both ATF and Acetone in the...

    I thought I had both ATF and Acetone in the garage, but was apparently out of both. I worked back and forth between carb cleaner and WD-40 for most of it with a toothbrush. There were a few...
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    Piston cleaning. Before ...

    Piston cleaning.
    Before

    https://i.imgur.com/vwInQGN.jpg

    And after

    https://i.imgur.com/NhRUgrh.jpg

    Small imperfection in the edge of the #1 piston. Don't know if this was there before or...
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    Eeeep. My bolts had loctite on them and were...

    Eeeep. My bolts had loctite on them and were very secure.
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    As I understand it, you want to use something...

    As I understand it, you want to use something more gentle than that. You don't want anything that could take an edge off the piston corners or mar the concentric circles on the pistons (I believe...
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    Awesome. Would love to compare notes and have a...

    Awesome. Would love to compare notes and have a chat about your shocks. If you have the bandwidth and we can align schedules, maybe we can get together for a beer (my treat). I skipped out on work...
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    I have a PDF copy of the service manual that is a...

    I have a PDF copy of the service manual that is a bit tough to read in certain places and an physical copy of an aftermarket one. I usually read them both just to make sure I think I know what I'm...
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    '83 GS1100E - outside my comfort zone

    Hey all,
    I just rejoined the GS resources a couple weeks ago as I've finally decided to dust off a project that has been awaiting my attention for several years. If your curious and want a bit of...
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    Very informative. Many thanks. Still curious...

    Very informative. Many thanks. Still curious about the fact that I wouldn't get it at starting, but once the bike was running. it does back up my theory that somehow the crank shaft was trying to...
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    Yeah, I was thinking that. Wondering if there is...

    Yeah, I was thinking that. Wondering if there is a good way to migrate the thread or reference this one once I start posting there.
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    Good to know. thanks

    Good to know. thanks
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    What is odd is that I never had a problem...

    What is odd is that I never had a problem starting. It still grabbed and spun the crank just fine. I would never get the clunk at speed, but I would get it sometimes stopped at idle with the clutch...
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    the clunk? When inspecting my starter clutch I...

    the clunk?

    When inspecting my starter clutch I was surprised to find that two out of the three spring loaded pistons wouldn't come out of their respective recesses (bores) and the third wasn't...
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    So, as mentioned, I put it up on the work bench a...

    So, as mentioned, I put it up on the work bench a few weeks ago. In the time since, I have been removing as many of the motor parts as I can to make it lighter and facilitate removing it from the...
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    https://i.imgur.com/8vLnl2t.jpg Hey, I'm...

    https://i.imgur.com/8vLnl2t.jpg

    Hey, I'm getting smarter! or at least i figured one thing out. This is "volito" in her glory days
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    I have enough of the motor apart that I think I...

    I have enough of the motor apart that I think I know where the clunk was coming from (if not the why) and plan to make a post or series of posts if my dumb-a%^ can figure out how to do pictures...
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    https://imgur.com/8vLnl2t Going to see if...

    https://imgur.com/8vLnl2t

    Going to see if this works
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    LOL, no it is the red one. I'll find a pic or...

    LOL, no it is the red one. I'll find a pic or two from her glory days to share.
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    It looks like this. 63469

    It looks like this.
    63469
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    Tucked away to the left is the first motorcycle I...

    Tucked away to the left is the first motorcycle I ever owned ;). A 1974 Yamaha RD200A. That one was apart in milk crates for a number of years too.
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    1983 GS1100E project

    So I bought this bike about 20 or so years ago from a crazy brit who was living in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I took the train down from Seattle and rode it back home (this ended up taking much longer...
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