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    Default Trying to change look on 1982 Suzuki Gs450ga

    Hello everyone, I am new to the whole motorcycle projects, and I was wondering if I could turn my gs450ga style into the basket case Suzuki 450 style. Is it an easy task? Below is an attached image of what I would like the bike to look like. Would I have to change the frame?
    Any information is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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    Can You Weld? Can you drill and tap holes? Do you have the parts?
    I have two styles T and E in a very similar Suzuki (GSX400). The T is very similar to your GA..though exactly, I don't know but I bet it is very near.

    These are the preliminary Must Know notes. I haven't done a "conversion" (wouldn't bother) so I can't guarantee that's all there is to do but:

    That's an "E" you picture. Your frame is basically the same but they welded some different tangs on each...me having the two styles, I'll guess your coil mount is different and won't fit the narrower tunnel of the E tank; the rubber ended stems that hold your tank stick out too far for the "E" tank; the E tank needs ONE bolt at the rear; the side covers of the "E" sit on welded "L" tabs at the top while your GA covers have all "tongues-into-rubber grommets" holding the sidecovers?... The frame of the E has provision to bolt on a steel framework to mount the E tail piece.


    ...Pretty much the same otherwise, though your gauges won't be "correct". The E has a kind of housing and slightly smaller dials in it but that doesn't matter...The shocks of your GA...11.5"? 12"? dunno but 13" on the E. Not that that really matters either. They fit across both models.
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    Tell you how I would approach it. Get it up and running and ride it awhile getting to know every aspect of the bike inside and out. Once you've mastered how the bike works then you can start hacking it up. This isn't to say simple things like paint, different bars or a seat swap can't be done, just don't do anything you can't undo.
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    Thanks guys! Yeah I decided I want to focus on getting it running first then go from there. Iím picking up that bike in the picture on Tuesday, May swap some parts from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerveyZ View Post
    Thanks guys! Yeah I decided I want to focus on getting it running first then go from there. I’m picking up that bike in the picture on Tuesday, May swap some parts from it.
    That was my original plan too, but the "parts bike"was too good so I have it running too. Strongly advise you do the same if it's low-mileage and in decent shape...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorminrider View Post
    That was my original plan too, but the "parts bike"was too good so I have it running too. Strongly advise you do the same if it's low-mileage and in decent shape...
    unfortunately the bike Iím buying doesnít have a title, feels kind of sketchy but itís only 100$ so I feel like I have to make a move on it. What do you think? Should I trust ? Could I be in any potential trouble for buying this bike with no title? I asked him for a bill of sale Incase anything happens but he said since he bought it without a title he wonít do bill of sale.
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    Hard pass. Anyone that won't give you a bill of sale linking their name to the transaction is questionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerveyZ View Post
    unfortunately the bike I’m buying doesn’t have a title, feels kind of sketchy but it’s only 100$ so I feel like I have to make a move on it. What do you think? Should I trust ? Could I be in any potential trouble for buying this bike with no title? I asked him for a bill of sale Incase anything happens but he said since he bought it without a title he won’t do bill of sale.
    Having made a trade for a bike in Ohio last summer they make it a royal PITA to register it without a title, it takes a bill of sale and a notary to stamp the title transaction. You're not going to get the paperwork to put it on the road without a long drawn out process even if you have a bill of sale. $100 is a too good to be true deal so I guess it's up to your conscious if you want to live with the idea this could very well be someone else's former pride and joy.
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    You do realize that after dealing with any title issues, that your GA really is nothing like the E that is pictured?

    Exactly what part of the "look" are you wanting to change?
    - The tanks are different, not sure about mounting points.
    - The engine is different. Well, the pistons and head are basically the same, but the crankcase is different, along with the transmission.
    - The final drive is different. Can not be converted.
    - The frame is different. Can not be converted.

    By the way, the bike in the picture is not a basket case.
    A "basket case" is a bike that arrives in a bunch of baskets and needs to be assembled.
    Therefore, if you want your bike to look like a basket case, just break out the wrenches and start disassembling.

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    $100, no title, and not willing to give you a signed bill of sale? Man, that seriously sounds to me like the bike is stolen. Run away far and fast

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