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Author Topic: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod  (Read 6214 times)

Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #10 on: Jan 03, 2017, 08:35:05 »
I think the crank bearing bearing died first, a common problem on these bikes and let the piston bounce around in the jug. I was afraid it could have been an oiling issue, but all lines are flowing correctly and the pump is working.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #11 on: Jan 04, 2017, 05:56:30 »
It's alive.


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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #12 on: Jan 04, 2017, 13:52:26 »
It's alive.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2017, 18:44:41 »
Well I guess it didnt happen  then :).  I've already taken the carbs back off. The float is sticking on the middle carb and dumping gas everywhere. Try again this weekend.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod (Aluminum Seat Fab)
« Reply #14 on: Jan 07, 2017, 02:24:01 »
So, decided to take a break from the mechanicals for a day and worked on the seat. I also wasn't happy with the boxier sear design, so I did a rounded version (uses less material too) and liked it better. After the wife and kids went to bed, I cut out pieces and got them bent up. I'm really pleased with the fit. Next, it will be OA welding them up, trimming and polishing.

New GT550 Seat Design


Templates


Posterboard Mockup


Po' Man's Slip Roll


Fitment




If all goes well with the seat, it will get shortened so a tank similar to the one on the T500 below will get used.

Offline farmer92

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #15 on: Jan 07, 2017, 14:30:34 »
How's that po man's roller work?
Care to share a bit more of it?

Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #16 on: Jan 07, 2017, 14:48:51 »
I took a 2x2 and used a holesaw bit to drill a hole a bit bigger than a scrap steel tube I had in the basement. The hole was offset, so when clamped to my work table it is tight on the metal I was working, but allows the metal to slide under it with some force. Starting in the middle lightly pull up on the metal in intervals as you work toward the edge of the metal. When you get to the end, pull the piece out, spin the piece 180 degrees, slide back under the bar and lightly pull up on the metal as working toward the other end.
Warning... it takes a long time, and if you pull up too much you will crease versus putting a curve in the metal.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #17 on: Jan 07, 2017, 14:51:44 »
Also, I used a piece of foam board between the bar and the piece to pad and also allows the piece to slide under the bar a bit easier.


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Offline kadavenport

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod (Cardboard Tank Template)
« Reply #18 on: Jan 13, 2017, 17:09:25 »
Hey Guys,
Been really busy with work, so the motorcycle has slowed down a bit. However, I was able to get a hold of Pete Williams and he has been guiding me through OA welding aluminum. He's been a great resource, and if you haven't watched his youtube video on how to make an "alloy" motorcycle tank you should. He makes it seem so easy, and I can tell you its not.

Any ways, as I prep to weld up and the seat and now tank, thought I'd tease with the cardboard mockups.

Design from Google Sketchup:


Transferred to Cardboard:


Cardboard Mockup on the GT550:



Offline coyote13

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Re: Suzuki GT550 Cafe and Restomod
« Reply #19 on: Jan 13, 2017, 19:05:44 »
S&W 3913? In that first pic?
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