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    Ride whenever comfortable. Not ready for rain...

    Ride whenever comfortable. Not ready for rain yet and anything under 45 degrees is a little cold for my tastes. I plan to ride it basically everywhere this summer but by the time I got the rebuild...
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    Just want to toss out a recommendation. ...

    Just want to toss out a recommendation.

    Aircraft brand remover is insanely good. I've seen it rip 3 layers of clear, 3 layers of color, and 3 layers of primer all in one go. Spread it on, let it...
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    This is the head gasket design I got with my...

    This is the head gasket design I got with my pack. Has metal rings around the cylinders and has built-in red o-rings on the corners.
    I'll have to take a look when I get home and see what brand is...
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    Oof. That's about how much a paid for a whole...

    Oof. That's about how much a paid for a whole gasket set that came with base gasket, head gasket, orings, camchain tunnel gasket, and gasket for all the covers.
    Haven't had an issue with them yet...
  5. I use videos so people can see what I'm looking...

    I use videos so people can see what I'm looking at/manipulating. I know it's easier for me to diagnose things I when I can see them, plus I'm very likely to use a wrong word or describe something...
  6. Update: Success! Archimedes once said "Give...

    Update: Success!

    Archimedes once said "Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum in which to place it, and I will move the world."

    Well I don't know about that, but I know a 3 foot pry bar...
  7. Hey sweet we have the same bike! Have you done...

    Hey sweet we have the same bike!

    Have you done all the obvious stuff? Timing, spark plugs, check for air/vac leaks?
    I see from your old post the carbs are freshly cleaned but have you checked...
  8. No I haven't. To be fair I have only been working...

    No I haven't. To be fair I have only been working on it in passing time.

    I really am running out of ideas. I tried jammed a plank under the block where the cam chain tensioner goes and lifting,...
  9. Both sides were low. I was debating borrowing a...

    Both sides were low. I was debating borrowing a valve spring compressor and removing them to fully examine them.
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    Questionable taste, excellent execution. Very...

    Questionable taste, excellent execution. Very clean bike. What's with the weird buzzing when he lets off the throttle? Sounds like a can rattling.

    God bless them though. They're some of the...
  11. To be honest at this point the only reason I'm...

    To be honest at this point the only reason I'm still determined to get the cylinder off is it will make it easier to de-carbon the pistons without getting shmutz all in the cylinder/case and before I...
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    Welcome! I'm pretty new myself but I've already...

    Welcome! I'm pretty new myself but I've already been very pleased with the community. Lots of helpful folks here and it's a pretty niche forum so not a lot of noise to sort through.

    Having some...
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    Transparent ignition/points cover

    Got an ad from webike about a sale they're having and noticed a particularly interesting item.

    A see-through points cover! So you can show off the pretty sparks and that sweet rotating shaft. ...
  14. I just got to these today. I checked my actual...

    I just got to these today. I checked my actual clutch springs and they are 1mm out of minimum spec but the manuals don't list any specs for these springs on the back. There are two separate kinds in...
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    Yeah this is the kit I used, but the one for the...

    Yeah this is the kit I used, but the one for the 400. You knock out old races from stem and fork tube and put the ones from the kit on. It's not too bad but there's definitely some tricks to it that...
  16. So wood's the winner, eh? Maybe I'll head down...

    So wood's the winner, eh? Maybe I'll head down to the Homeless Despot this week and grab one for my whacking purposes. I really do think it's just this crusty old gasket holding it on. Either it's...
  17. It sure is! I got to put a few hundred miles on...

    It sure is! I got to put a few hundred miles on it and now it's down for the season while I tear it to pieces trying to trace down a noise. Having a devil of a time with this 40 year old base...
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    Oof, sorry to necro a thread but I happen to have...

    Oof, sorry to necro a thread but I happen to have experience with this exact scenario since I bought an All Balls kit for my 78 GS400 and was worried about the same issue.

    Here's a link to the PDF...
  19. Unfortunately it seems (at least from the manual...

    Unfortunately it seems (at least from the manual and my eyeballs) that the gs400 is the only engine that doesn't have levering points. The manual mentions them for the 450 but it says for the 400,...
  20. Got any tips for this? I know to stuff rags...

    Got any tips for this? I know to stuff rags inside the crankcase to stop crap from falling in there and I know not to scrape too hard and risk marring the surfaces but is there any other advice I...
  21. I have thought about getting an unmolested frame...

    I have thought about getting an unmolested frame down the line. I have all the plastics and the stock seat and I think I could get it back to 99% stock.
    If I'm not mistaken the 425 was essentially...
  22. I got lucky for sure. The major stuff was in...

    I got lucky for sure. The major stuff was in boxes so the biggest pain for me was sorting out the literal bag full of hardware. Luckily these bikes are designed pretty logically and almost everything...
  23. I wanted to keep the stock paint on the tank but...

    I wanted to keep the stock paint on the tank but there were several surface rust spots that needed to be sealed so I figured I might as well paint the whole thing.

    Unfortunately it turns out...
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    There really is something special about these...

    There really is something special about these bikes. I'm pretty infatuated with mine. I literally have to touch it or at least look at it longingly every time I go in the garage.

    I'm not gonna...
  25. I bought a 1978 GS400 for $100. Here's how it went!

    Hey guys, glad to be here. I never pictured myself as a motorcycle person, I grew up on ATVs and while I always liked motorcycles I just never seriously considered buying a road bike. Here's my...
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