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    Hi Everyone! Just joined up. Referred here by Steve Cruickshank at the
    Suzuki GS550 Owners and Renovators Club. Oops...big type! I own a 1981 GS550T purchased new way back then. Having starter problems right now. Think it's a dirty or defective button. Also need to find out how to open the fuse box!


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    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 starter button problems myself (works ok but has to be pressed weirdly/hard like the contacts are dirty) so I'll be following your journey since my bike is not in a state to attempt to start at the moment.

    Definitely start a thread over in the electrical section and someone will almost certainly be able to help you out.
    $100 1978 GS400 Rebuild.
    - Solid state LED compatible blinker relay
    - All Balls taper bearing steering stem mod
    - BRC ignition coils and NGK caps
    - Custom cafe seat
    - USB charging port
    Work in progress (this bike will be my coffin).

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    I welcome you too!

    I'd join your other group -- but, like a lot of people, I don't FACEBOOK. I hope your buddies over there know about us!

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    Welcome to the GSR.

    If you don't have the manual for your bike here's a link.

    http://members.dslextreme.com/users/bikecliff/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsBork View Post
    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 starter button problems myself (works ok but has to be pressed weirdly/hard like the contacts are dirty) so I'll be following your journey since my bike is not in a state to attempt to start at the moment.

    Definitely start a thread over in the electrical section and someone will almost certainly be able to help you out.
    You will find the following in the Cliffnote sectio, but i will make it easy.

    When planning to take the starter button apart, (or any other handlebar controls)
    First get a large, clear, plastic bag.

    Place it so that the bag covers the entire area you want to work on, and then start.\
    All your work should be done INSIDE the bag.

    It is a very simple thing, but will keep all your parts in one place, which can avoid time wasted while searching for lost springs or bearings, or just wondering if something was lost when you get confused ..
    "The only thing worse than ignorance is arrogance."

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    Pretty new myself, welcome to you. Lot's of good info and help available I've found so far!
    "So I'm gonna write my words on the face of today. And then they'll paint it"

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    "81" GS550T purchased new, Your bike is 40 yrs. old, no doubt you're one of us old ferts. Working on these tiny parts, after all these birthdays, these parts are much easier to lose & much harder to find when we do. argon's idea seems reasonable. Welcome & good luck.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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    HI. Welcome. This may sound lazy but I'd try spraying some PB Blaster in to that switch area and working it a bit.
    2002 bmw r1150gs 1978 gs1000E skunk les pew 1979 gs1000L dragbike
    82 gs1100L probably the next project
    1980 gs1000G the ugly 1978 gs750E need any parts?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m_m2oYJkx1A
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    Welcome....

    Don't forget to check the brushes on the starter motor.
    Last time I had an intermittent start issue on the GS, it needed new brushes.
    Bob T.

    "That which you manifest is before you." -- Enzo
    "I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." -- Rudyard Kipling
    "...for our existence to hold any value, it must end. To live meaningful lives, we must die and not return." -- Number Six

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    Welcome to the madhouse...

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