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Author Topic: Suzuki GS550E '78  (Read 16995 times)

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #10 on: Aug 06, 2012, 06:42:15 »
As she stands at the moment. Really lovely to ride, put 600 miles on her since I got her. I am going to paint the tank in cream and metallic red with rattle cans as I know I can do a decent job with them. But seat needs sorting first.
« Last Edit: Aug 17, 2012, 08:40:13 by SeanGSUK »
GS550 E thread:
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1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 WHITEWALLS
« Reply #11 on: Aug 17, 2012, 08:44:00 »
White walls, Yes or No?
GS550 E thread:
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1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #12 on: Aug 22, 2012, 18:27:32 »
Sorted out the seat brackets now, they just need tidying. Going to weld the steel parts together, pop-rivet the alu to the steel and it should be a bit lower to the seat base which will make the lines look a bit better.
I wanted to keep the original pivots and locking point for ease, Yes I know it adds weight, but I figure I may as well! The seat is a heck of a lot lighter than the original, so the brackets don't add much extra.
GS550 E thread:
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1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline danejurrous

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #13 on: Aug 22, 2012, 18:47:38 »
Nice looking bike, always good to see other zooks on here! Like what you have done to it so far. As for the white walls it's up to you if you like them do it. Personally I wouldn't, I am not much for white walls on anything other than old rat rods but that is just my 2 cents.

I am surprised your clutch is not slipping with only 3 springs in there. I had to go to the high strength springs on my 750 because I would grab some throttle and would rev but would not accelerate. I assume the PO had put them on your bike, very common on the old GS's. Keep up the good work!
81 GS750L - "it was my intention to "beat the 'L' out of it" - Buzznichols
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Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #14 on: Aug 22, 2012, 18:51:02 »
White walls? No go! Thanks for the input. ;)
My previous attempt at the rear mudguard/light/reg plate was a bit rushed and tbh illegal in the UK as white light was showing from the back. I fabricated a bracket from some aluminium plate and sprayed it black. It now holds the light in a better position. When I cut the front mud guard I have a bit left that I thought would do for the rear, which is what I have done. I think it is a vast improvement. At some point I will be cutting the frame rails, it won't stick out so far and will hide the plastic part of the mud guard.
« Last Edit: Aug 22, 2012, 19:02:32 by SeanGSUK »
GS550 E thread:
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1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline Call Of Doodie

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #15 on: Aug 24, 2012, 19:00:24 »
Lookin' good so far - but I'd leave the whitewalls out of the equation!
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Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 Rear Wheel
« Reply #16 on: Sep 02, 2012, 08:27:38 »
Stripped off and painted my rear wheel to match the front. I used plasicote on the wheels. I have used it before on my R6 wheels and it is very durable. Drilled out some holes in the disk and wire brushed the loose pain off. I like the look of the bare steel so I won't be painting the centre. Rear Caliper has seized again so just stripped down and will get new seals for it. Changing oil and plugs whist off the road. Plus having a go at adjusting the clutch to see if I can get it any lighter by re-routing the cable and adjusting the 'adjusters'.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline AJWatUC

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #17 on: Sep 03, 2012, 11:53:05 »
lloks good so far i say avoid whitewalls
73 cb500

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 Tank Painted
« Reply #18 on: Sep 16, 2012, 12:49:39 »
Finished laying down the paint on my tank. It is cream and pearlescent red. Just needs rubbing down and clear coating. Side covers will be just in the red. Just done with rattle cans and elbow grease. I may run some black stripes next to the red, as in the mock-up, what do you guys think?
GS550 E thread:
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1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline SteveG

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #19 on: Sep 16, 2012, 13:09:21 »
Black stripes +1
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