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Author Topic: Suzuki GS550E '78  (Read 17014 times)

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #20 on: Sep 17, 2012, 14:40:47 »
Rattle can paint job finished, just needs polishing off.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline wership

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #21 on: Feb 13, 2013, 00:26:53 »
the 66 really balances that left side...
nice job
is the paint on the side covers going to stay like that?

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 - side covers
« Reply #22 on: Feb 14, 2013, 05:51:27 »
The 66 is now on the other side too. Not sure about the side covers. I may cut some large circles in them and put some metal gauze behind? I may just leave them off? There is enough room under the seat hump for the battery, etc, just not too sure abut having an open frame.
I guess I could re-route the electrics and leave the tabs for the side covers so I can choose?
In the summer I am going to cut the rear frame to reduce its length by 3 inches. I don't want to put a hoop on there at the mo, but may eventually. This is a long termer, so I am not in any rush to change stuff.

The #66 is for my friend and engineering mentor Fred Saunders who was a racing driver in the 1970s, pic on link shows his racing car. He is in his 80s now, still rebuilding cars, etc. Helped me replace my wheel bearings and repaired my side stand on the GS. Recently we rebuilt my diesel engine after I drove though some flood water and drowned the engine, top man, saved me a fortune.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38039090@N08/3497110999/

 
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #23 on: Mar 10, 2013, 15:13:05 »
Got these switch gear from in a box of spares. Thought I'd replace my plastic ones with the aluminium ones. Before I did, I decided to polish them up. I may have to clear coat them once done as bare aluminium doesn't bode to well in salty Devon air!
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #24 on: Mar 10, 2013, 15:20:57 »
Found this sticker on ebay, thought it could be fun? I also made this surround in aluminium for an old Smiths speedo I had. It only goes up to 70 though so I may copy the design of the Smiths face and make a new face for a Suzuki speedo and use that instead?
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline roman_dog

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 - side covers
« Reply #25 on: Mar 10, 2013, 15:45:55 »
Not sure about the side covers. I may cut some large circles in them and put some metal gauze behind?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38039090@N08/3497110999/

That would look pretty sharp.
Ain't nothin' to it but to do it.

Remember, don't sweat the petty things and always pet the sweaty things.

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 Petrol Tank
« Reply #26 on: Mar 24, 2013, 10:01:01 »
So I love the petrol tank I have, but I wanted to experiment with something and rather than bashing up my tank I already spent time and money on I decided to buy the tank attached. Was only 15 off ebay some months back including postage so I don't mind messing it up a bit and in no rush to finish it either.

Pics below are as it stood before any 'shaping'
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 #27 on: Mar 24, 2013, 10:07:37 »
After measuring up where my knees will fit snug, where I need indents for the clips etc, I went ahead and started 'shaping' it up.

I will be trying out using white vinegar to clean out the rust inside, which looks worse on the photo. I have also used filler on there now. The photos don't show the shape very well I wil get an overview when I get chance, you can see the difference in the shape better.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 CLOCKS/gauges
« Reply #28 on: Mar 24, 2013, 10:21:02 »
Been thinking about what to do with my clock as, although I love my Hesketh clocks, they are pretty bulky and I think they spoil the look a little, so I 'borrowed' the clocks from my wife's Suzuki GZ125, and mocked up the pix below, I may get a mini tach to attach on as well.
Top pic is the Hesketh clock I currently have, pic 2 is the Smiths Clock I re-furb'ed with the binnacle I made, pics 3 and 4 are of the GZ125 clocks in position. I may move the ignition switch to the position it was in on my old CG125, just under the petrol tank, which would move the clocks closer to the yoke.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78 Laced wheels
« Reply #29 on: Apr 02, 2013, 07:00:41 »
Just bought these laced wheels for my GS, although they are for a GT550. Need quite a bit of work but for 60 the pair and no rush to spruce them up, should look good. Plan is black hubs, stainless spokes and metallic marroon rims to match tank stripe. May need a rear drum to disk conversion (see pic 3), or try to get a GS750 rear hub, or could just keep the drum, who knows? Rims and hubs will be blasted and painted, will replace spokes and nipples with new.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

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