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Thread: GS(X)1100ESD Long term project.....

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    Thanks Salty_Monk and dorkburger for your comments. Been a tough few days of soul searching and deliberations. I did say at the start it was a long term project.

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    The good thing about long-term projects is that there is no great pressure to get it finished. It's not like you need it to get to work on Monday morning. I bought a TS250 a while back - turned about to be a mix of two different models. My approach was to make a good job of the frame, then to work on sub-assemblies as and when time and funds allow. Lots of unobtainable parts, so I've made a list of part numbers I need to keep the project going - this gets checked against E-Bay, CMSNL, Facebook groups etc regularly. A second list is items that would be useful, but I don't actually need yet - these get bought if I see them at a reasonable price. Don't get discouraged - Suzuki were good at using the same parts on lots of different models. Or equally just send the project to me. I'll finish it sometime this decade....
    1980 GS550ET

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    Cheers steveb922.

    At the moment I'm still at the assess stage. Need to hear the engine run, hear if its got rattles and knocks and whether its a reliable lump in its current condition. A rather a lot of money can get thrown at that bit so if its a non runner or needs loads of work like my last one did it's probably not going to get done.

    I guess the down side is 3 of my bikes all use the same callipers front and rear. With the parts now becoming scarce it's going to be harder to keep them on the road.

    Another part of me is why couldn't I have found this one back in 2004 when I started looking for one? It was less than 20 miles from my home tucked away in a shed. That's one of those things I will have to make peace with.

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    I had a brief glance at Robinsons website, and it seemed to me that most of the seals, boots etc for GSs of that era were still available. Not necessarily as a kit, but as single items.
    1980 GS550ET

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    Long term indeed. My front end conversion was 5 years Keep after it & it'll come around

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    This one will be fun to sort.



    Head off or in frame?

    This is when I wish I had a welder, washers and nuts here. I'm not brave enough to drill it out myself. Done that, got the T shirt and people show videos on youtube of what I would end up with if I tried and they are fixing.......

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    Had a productive drive today.

    Picked up a small part of the bike that I needed.



    Now I can make a rolling chassis, that will make it easier to move around and give me more access when I need it.

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    Chatted with my 'Bro' this morning. He's a fabricator/welder of some 30 years experience (retired now) and he saw on reason why the Swinging arm lug thats missing and the crack in the mudguard couldn't be sorted easily. Just need to clean them up and take the to the local welder.
    Had a play with the header bolts. I know 1 is snapped so the headers will have to come out to give access whether its a weld a nut job or drill out action. I'm pleased to announce that all 7 bolts came free easily!!!!!

    I then pulled the carbs off the bike. Stripped them down with little fuss. Petrol inside smells like varnish but they were very clean. The jets and tubes are blocked so its likely she didn't run at all. I did 'lose' a float needle due to me forgetting to remove it from the housing before trying to pull the housing from the carb. Shot it about 6ft away behind the chest freezer so had to pull that out to find the missing part.

    The down side of the day was I couldn't get the top rail off the carbs so I can give them a good ultrasonic bath. Even with a JIS bit in the impact driver they just wont come out. Going to try a bit of heat tomorrow and failing that it's more drastic of trying a hammer and punch to see if I can knock them out. Just hope that I dont snap any off as finding these carbs is like finding rocking horse poo.

    On another down side I ordered a new battery for the bike. All looked good as I have bought from these people before. Ordered online, site showed stock. Following morning I get an email saying they are out of stock and they will get a new delivery in 7/10 working days.

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    Saturday evening update.


    This is where I am.


    Rear end together just waiting to go back on the bike.





    Front end waiting to go on.





    Carbs stripped as far as I can get them for the moment.








    Rear brake now off the holder. Waiting for seals to arrive.





    In the box is a good left side calliper plus a few spares to go on once cleaned up and sorted.





    With the new forks the anti-dive bleeders are free as with the new front Left calliper so only the front right calliper bleeder is the issue.


    New parts to collect monday to sort the rear end going back in and I can refit the rear end, front end and the biek is ready to roll. Just brakes to sort and she can be stopped too.

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    Is that Metzeler ME99A tire? Would be funny to see the date code on that tire.

    Think they were radials too way back then.
    GS\'s since 1982: 55OMZ, 550ES, 750ET, (2) 1100ET\'s, 1100S, 1150ES. Current ride is an 83 Katana. Wifes bike is an 84 GS 1150ES

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