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    You could easily make some brackets by bending 2...

    You could easily make some brackets by bending 2 pieces of stock steel strap around the stanchions...1" wide or so? They'd need some holes drilled to clamp to stanchions and hold headlamp ...and some...
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    Hi, Jason! Your '85 is not so common here. a...

    Hi, Jason! Your '85 is not so common here. a Picture? Though differences are slight I think. Oh, and another manual is here- worth getting:
    GS450 Official Service Manual PDF
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    I'd go for fresh gas and electrics first even a...

    I'd go for fresh gas and electrics first even a spark plug or its cap.
    There are no "symptoms" of a loose cam chain except destruction by skipping the cam sprockets or slapping the case. Cam chains ...
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    Sooo, I looked it up. NGK has it that in the...

    Sooo, I looked it up. NGK has it that in the "double-ended" or "dual spark" system of the 4 cylinder, one plug will wear cathode, the other the anode. So, buy their fanciest plugs. No suprise there. ...
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    The coils on my four cylinder suzukis are not the...

    The coils on my four cylinder suzukis are not the same as the coils on my two-cylinder suzukis....

    I don't feel like reading a whole lot so I'm going to make all this up: :) excepting one note I...
  6. As a general rule, if the shop manual doesn't...

    As a general rule, if the shop manual doesn't give specific instructions to torque particular bolt or screws, use the torque specs per the size given in the "general" torque chart found in most...
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    @GegT -I wonder if you took any pictures..?

    @GegT -I wonder if you took any pictures..?
  8. ^^yes, I made very very similar for my 4 valve...

    ^^yes, I made very very similar for my 4 valve gsx400( that has screw-type tappets.).. with aluminum pipe . Looks like yours has a pad between clamp and pipe piece which I should do too, as it can...
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    It may be crazy to start out like that but it's...

    It may be crazy to start out like that but it's sheer OUTSTANDING! to finish.
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    absolutely YIKES!,grcamna...in a world of...

    absolutely YIKES!,grcamna...in a world of behemoth pickups (and so many empty), " Pickup?I don' need no dam pickup!" There must have been a lot of smart phone pictures taken!
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    I worked on being a better person. :) and, I...

    I worked on being a better person. :)

    and, I replaced all the sparkplug caps on the GS650. The old ones are just too funky and one of the ceramic resistors is burned. The new NGK are 5k resistance...
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    Right on,GregT-I'll be trying similar when the...

    Right on,GregT-I'll be trying similar when the shed warms up. My experiment of simply flipping the cam-end seals inward worked great!... but not for long. New ones are cheap but a shim of...
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    I tried one. A cheapy, but yes, incredible! a...

    I tried one. A cheapy, but yes, incredible! a bit of a shock for the brain. ....Still, I didn't rush out and buy a headset. There's the feel of an "engineered experience" that I don't like much.
  14. no,no. poor as in sympathy. eg,"That poor dog..."...

    no,no. poor as in sympathy. eg,"That poor dog..." It's maybe just "local usage" ...I was trying to say, that I don't think Texans are particularly hapless.

    (Thanks Rusty!- quicker off the draw!)
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    Wow. I'm going to be really careful what I say if...

    Wow. I'm going to be really careful what I say if I'm ever in Missouri. ...local usage I guess. T'wouldn't elicit quite that connection here- at least I think not..
  16. That is the VIN. The missing prefix would be JS-1...

    That is the VIN. The missing prefix would be JS-1 which means Japanese motorcycle. G means multiple cylinder,K 399cc to..I can't remember, 5 means 4 stroke blah blah blah.
    You want to go online and...
  17. The "Lone Star State", eh? But poor people! Who...

    The "Lone Star State", eh? But poor people! Who there would expect to need snowtires? About as many, here, have plywood handy for hurricanes.
    tons of analysis but this CBC one seems reasonable...
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    the tank chips..Personally, I fight long and hard...

    the tank chips..Personally, I fight long and hard to keep original paint. You can hold off the entire repaint with some automotive touch up kits or nail-polish ((which is much the same thing and...
  19. It's a GS450E or an "S" that's lost the fairing....

    It's a GS450E or an "S" that's lost the fairing. They started making this model in 1982 and quit when the GS500 twin replaced it in 1989.

    The VIN will tell exactly what year. The paint design may...
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    Good-oh! and Good Luck!

    Good-oh! and Good Luck!
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    Esen, I didn't think of it before, but a...

    Esen, I didn't think of it before, but a reasonable comparison might be with an OLD battery of the correct size...I have an old battery I was using over the summer on a 400 that only charges up to...
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    I think there are grease points on the XS650...

    I think there are grease points on the XS650 because they use bushings at the swing arm, not sealed roller bearings like a Suzuki. But, many Suzukis (and the XS650 too, I guess)can use regreasing at...
  23. Hey! That's great! And welcome to the (lesser)...

    Hey! That's great! And welcome to the (lesser) world of sheds! :) (I have 4)
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    Well, I'm curious so do report back. The question...

    Well, I'm curious so do report back. The question comes up occasionally, but they don't follow up with results.

    Some bikes don't have an "advanced-type " equivalent to the original wet-cell so...
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    Looks good to me! Nice enough from 10 feet is...

    Looks good to me! Nice enough from 10 feet is nice enough! You can just touch it up to stop the flaky bits from getting worse- that can't be too hard in Florida..? I do like a perfect bike but when...
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