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Author Topic: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod  (Read 4146 times)

Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #20 on: Jan 13, 2017, 23:30:08 »
It's a cs9, very similar to the 3913. Also called the Chief's Special.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #21 on: Jan 15, 2017, 07:02:47 »
This is why you make cardboard templates. The front of the mock tank has pretty bad interference with the clip-ons and possibly even the forks. I'm going to slant the front of the tank in towards the neck and see if it clears.


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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #22 on: Jan 19, 2017, 19:33:23 »
video or it didn't happen ;)

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #23 on: Jan 19, 2017, 20:19:25 »
Does this count?

Absolutely. Love me the sound of a two smoke triple man.
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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #24 on: Jan 19, 2017, 22:21:42 »
Absolutely. Love me the sound of a two smoke triple man.
Me too, it was a lot louder than I expected without the air box on it.
Now time to weld up the seat and fabbing up the tank. Then rear sets... Then lights and plate plate mount... gauges... the list goes on.


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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #25 on: Jan 19, 2017, 22:23:36 »
I like your project and where you are going with it!  I made my own aluminum tank and seat unit for my T500 and I o/a welded it.  not sure if you have done this before but it takes a lot of practice.  Here is a link to my build thread http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=20290.0 not sure which pages cover the tank building part but it is in there.  Here is a pic of what I made.  Good luck with the project, don't try to rush it no good cones from that :)

Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #26 on: Jan 19, 2017, 22:34:39 »
I like your project and where you are going with it!  I made my own aluminum tank and seat unit for my T500 and I o/a welded it.  not sure if you have done this before but it takes a lot of practice.  Here is a link to my build thread http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=20290.0 not sure which pages cover the tank building part but it is in there.  Here is a pic of what I made.  Good luck with the project, don't try to rush it no good cones from that :)
Already stalked out your build the other day, beautiful tank. Definitely not rushing. Spending a lot of time practicing on scrap and asking Pete Williams a ton of questions. Turned down the pressure to 2psi on both O and A, and wahlaa much better welds.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #27 on: Jan 20, 2017, 17:30:55 »
Well the tank is finally finished (aside from polishing), I got the underside brackets welded on and the petcock installed.

Next job are the exhausts.  Richard (Teazer) has designed some pipes to match my engine spec now I just have to figure out the routing for them.  I will be sending the cones out to be lazer cut and rolled then I will just have the assembly to do.

Hey johnu - Care to share about how you did the petcock? Looks like you used a thicker piece of aluminum, that could be threaded, or either cut out a section after it was welded up solid and did a patch once you drilled your holes. If not, did you weld/braze nuts to the inside of the tank?

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #28 on: Jan 20, 2017, 19:15:33 »
Hey johnu - Care to share about how you did the petcock? Looks like you used a thicker piece of aluminum, that could be threaded, or either cut out a section after it was welded up solid and did a patch once you drilled your holes. If not, did you weld/braze nuts to the inside of the tank?

You were right the first time!  Check out my tank build thread there is a good pic of it in there somewhere.
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30717.0

Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #29 on: Jan 22, 2017, 17:42:30 »
Bit the bullet, put up the scrap metal and took a swing at getting the seat welded up. I was able to get it tacked up. I've got a bit of distortion, but over all I'm pleased with the small amount of welding I had time to do.

Pic of cleaning the flux off with boiling water.