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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    In 1979 I bought a new gs850g my first 4 stroke Suzuki and the 2 things I remember most about that bike is the excellent seat and how smooth it was. 1n 84 I got a use 84 gs1100gk. It always had a buzz in the bars and the seat was not as comfortable.
    About 8 months ago I got an 80 gs850g that was sitting in an old warehouse since 87. Now that I have it running. It has a terrible buzz in the bars and not as smooth as my 82gs1100e. I have checked everything I can think of and added foam grips and bar end weights that have helped.
    Check the condition of all rubber mount engine and exhaust if equipped.
    Carb synch?
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    The carbs are Synched gut I don't remember if there are rubber mounts on the exhaust mounting to the oil pan. So I will check that for sure.
    Thanks for the input
    Jerry
    1980 GS850
    1982 GS1100E
    1979 GS1000G (parts)
    1982 GS1100G (project)

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    The 850s tend to break a front engine mount bolt and that gives rise to further resonance.
    Mine broke one for no good reason (well, I suspect the resonances on the downtubes were to blame) and it did it purely because of age, I reckon.
    I've also seen an 850 frame with the downtubes cracked right through, but that had done a huge mileage.
    ---- Dave
    79 GS850N - Might be a trike soon.
    80 GS850T Single HIF38 S.U. SH775, Tow bar, Pantera II. Gnarly workhorse & daily driver.
    79 XS650SE - Pragmatic Ratter - goes better than a manky old twin should.
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    I like that fork brace

    I have one just like it, with no markings except "forged"
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Neato! Same year/model as mine. When I bought it, it had an electronic ignition and new coils already installed. Then I swapped the head and carbs for a CV setup because I did not like the VM carbs. If the bolt spacing works (I haven't checked), I may swap out the front calipers for the '80 calipers at some point. At which point it will effectively be a 1980 with a kickstart.

    I should look into a fork brace for mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big T View Post
    I like that fork brace

    I have one just like it, with no markings except "forged"
    Where can ya get a fork brace like that T?
    1979 GS850G - currently undergoing a major overhaul
    1986 GSX-R750

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    Quote Originally Posted by eil View Post
    If the bolt spacing works (I haven't checked), I may swap out the front calipers for the '80 calipers at some point.
    They do. Mine does just that.
    ---- Dave
    79 GS850N - Might be a trike soon.
    80 GS850T Single HIF38 S.U. SH775, Tow bar, Pantera II. Gnarly workhorse & daily driver.
    79 XS650SE - Pragmatic Ratter - goes better than a manky old twin should.
    92 XJ900F - Fairly Stock, for now.

    Only a dog knows why a motorcyclist sticks his head out of a car window

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyTank View Post
    Where can ya get a fork brace like that T?
    It came to me in a pile of parts
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Quote Originally Posted by eil View Post
    ...I should look into a fork brace for mine.
    Some better fork springs and oil to match will do far more for the front end than a fork brace will. Probably a little cheaper too.
    Rich Desmond
    1980 GS1000S
    2007 V-Strom 650
    2008 Ducati 848
    2002 DR-Z400S
    1999 SV650 (race bike)

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