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Author Topic: Suzuki GT185 1978 build  (Read 4470 times)

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 build
« Reply #10 on: Mar 24, 2015, 20:31:12 »
New shocks arrived yesterday! YSS 300mm
The original suspension leaves a lot to be desired! Rear was hard and bouncy with bugger all sag.
Front is soft and bouncy. Seems to be no damping at either end.
I now have 5mm static sag at the back and 25mm dynamic with pre load set on its lowest setting.
oh, and the shocks feel like they have some damping!
Looking forward to a test ride. Then to see what i can do about the front end!
The Whip Hand is your friend!

1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2015, 09:58:20 »
New seat from Texavina just fitted.[/IMG]
Also some clubman bars and fork boots [/IMG]
The Whip Hand is your friend!

1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2015, 09:59:47 »
Just need the time to strip it bare now and paint it up.
The Whip Hand is your friend!

1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2017, 09:28:22 »
So it's been a long time... and a child and change of career, but I finally got back in the garage. Brought a parts bike and stripped most of it down

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1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2017, 09:33:07 »
Parts bike is really rough but the exhausts are what I wanted off it. Next was to work out how to fit the rear sets. Removed the original foot pegs and brake then made a template to mount the rear sets to. Need a shorter linkage for the gear change and to modify the brake rod.

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1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000

Offline flamelspy

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2017, 11:18:54 »
Not sure what to do about wheel hubs, don’t want to strip whole wheel down right now. I have no experience building/truing wheels. Considering using an automotive alloy cleaner and see how that works. Any suggestions?

stripping the wheel down it's not that hard, and you're surely able to put it on again. I don't know about there, but here it costs 50 in the local currency to mount a wheel, and only 10 to just align it. So i went on google to see how to put it together, paying just to align and balance, with the rims, hubs and spokes on place. About polishing and cleaning the hubs, any metal cleaner, polisher will get the job done. Nice work until now, looking forward to see it finished! And nice seat too!
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 11:27:37 by flamelspy »

Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #16 on: Jun 05, 2017, 09:11:27 »
stripping the wheel down it's not that hard, and you're surely able to put it on again. I don't know about there, but here it costs 50 in the local currency to mount a wheel, and only 10 to just align it. So i went on google to see how to put it together, paying just to align and balance, with the rims, hubs and spokes on place. About polishing and cleaning the hubs, any metal cleaner, polisher will get the job done. Nice work until now, looking forward to see it finished! And nice seat too!
Thanks for the input. I brought the seat already finished with a re pro seat pan. It was expensive but worth it.


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Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #17 on: Jun 05, 2017, 09:15:12 »
The strip down has begun. Hopefully have the frame bare by the weekend so I can clean off 38 years of grease, 2 stroke oil and dirt. Then prep it to paint. Project bike on the stand, parts bike on the bench.

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Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #18 on: Jun 12, 2017, 09:08:09 »
Frame is all stripped down, degreased and pressure washed

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Offline Mr Bernzo

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Re: Suzuki GT185 1978 buils
« Reply #19 on: Jun 12, 2017, 09:10:54 »
Started work on the frame swing arm and centre stand. It's going to be a bit more work than I was expecting. There is more rust than I thought, nothing to serious though.

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1978 Suzuki GT185, 2012 Husky TE449, 2003 Suzuki SV1000