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Author Topic: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler  (Read 31375 times)

Offline Northish

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #60 on: Aug 25, 2016, 09:46:47 »
Progress so far on carrying out the paint scheme I decided on...

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #61 on: Aug 25, 2016, 09:49:49 »
Nice paint work so far that will look Factory like you wanted.  It really will look like Suzuki made a retro scrambler. I like it a lot.
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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #62 on: Aug 25, 2016, 10:03:54 »
I really dig the paint, man.
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Offline Psycrow

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #63 on: Aug 25, 2016, 14:54:50 »
love the paint!

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Offline djmaynard

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #64 on: Aug 25, 2016, 15:44:27 »
Phenomenal job on the paint! Original and so clean

Offline Habanero52

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #65 on: Aug 25, 2016, 15:50:18 »
Very nice!!!
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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #66 on: Aug 25, 2016, 18:11:07 »
Electronics are now working :)  New wires, connectors, lithium battery, LED lights, digital gauge, LED blinker relay all seem to be working so far.  First try, even! 

I will have to wait until I can start the bike to verify that the new rec/reg and charging system are wired up correctly, but fingers are crossed.  Would really hate to fry that new stuff.  There is a 20 amp fuse I put in line as a little insurance.

Also, had time to finally get the new chain riveted on with the new tool I had bought. Things are starting come together much quicker as summer is fading fast and I'm eager to try this thing out!

I have that same tail light on my 360 and it gets me oohs and ahhs every time someone sees it.

Offline Northish

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #67 on: Aug 26, 2016, 09:37:54 »
Thanks guys; I'm glad you're liking the paint and overall direction of this first-timer's build.  That really makes me feel motivated to keep pushing this thing to the finish line.  Sooo close now!

I've been able to get the first few sanding steps done.  The attached picture is an "in-process" shot before stepping up to the really fine grades.  I'll try to record all the grits I use.

Planning to work hard on it this weekend, so should be able to post some more progress shots.  Have a great Friday/weekend all!

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #68 on: Aug 28, 2016, 00:08:38 »
Fine sanding and polishing are done on the tank and fenders. 

Looks halfway decent for being a backyard spray paint job.  The sanding/polishing (3M abrasive) grit steps were 800, 1200, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000 Trizact and finally polishing compound.

My next post should include the Suzuki logo and black stripe outline on the tank.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: 1981 Suzuki GS450L - Cruiser to Scrambler
« Reply #69 on: Aug 28, 2016, 09:38:07 »
Very smart paint design and finish :D