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Author Topic: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build  (Read 33265 times)

Offline 1fasgsxr

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #160 on: Jul 31, 2018, 13:34:05 »
I saw a craigslist add in my area just the other day for a pretty nice looking one(stock trim) for 1500 if I remember correctly, may have been 1200.
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=41083.0

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Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #161 on: Aug 22, 2018, 17:19:32 »
So every shop in town is saying it needs carb work not the petcock. How do I diagnose it for either or?
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Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #162 on: Aug 22, 2018, 17:50:35 »
Sam, those are the carb float bowl drains. these are what you would drain before storing the biek for winter so the gas doesn't turn to varnish over the whole winter.

Looking back over this.. I didn't drain those before starting the project..
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Offline Maritime

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #163 on: Aug 22, 2018, 18:04:29 »
Apply vacuum to the petcock and see if fuel flows. If it doesn't replace it or rebuikd it.  I'd replace with a standard. If fuel flows with vacuum its aomething in the carbs
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Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #164 on: Aug 29, 2018, 13:30:43 »
Sam, if you PM me I can give you my contact we can diagnose the carb together. Always down to help get another GPZ rolling with what I know. Iíve had carbs apart a billion times now and made every mistake. Iíd like to prevent you making the same ones. Iím in NY upstate/western where are you?

Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #165 on: May 29, 2019, 20:37:40 »
Sam, if you PM... Iím in NY upstate/western where are you?

Spokane WA! Still have the bike and been slowly working on it. Had to repaint the tank and tail. Got the seat done and should have photos of it rolling around next week.. Had another baby so projects lost interest lol.

Not getting any power to headlamp though - stoked about that.
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Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #166 on: May 30, 2019, 03:03:47 »
I did finish this other project in the mean time.. different type of a build - my son's balance bike.
It's the worlds first full suspension aluminum downhill balance bike..
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Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #167 on: May 30, 2019, 03:08:42 »
This is a paint scheme on the tail that I didn't like. Didn't pinstrip it, thank goodness. That blue stripe I did under the seat doesn't match by any means. Will post completed paint photos hopefully before the weekend.
1981 GPz550 Cafe Build

Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #168 on: May 30, 2019, 03:32:46 »
Oh yes it also got new shocks finnaly
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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #169 on: May 30, 2019, 06:56:40 »
That balance bike is awesome, man.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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