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Author Topic: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550  (Read 3815 times)

Offline japstar

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #10 on: Oct 12, 2017, 08:06:34 »
brackets have been made! Gonna take some photos this evening of the progress. I may redo the seat pan, I have plenty of plastic left. I wanna make space for a passenger if need be... but cover it with the cowl most of the time.

hard to figure out how to get the battery on there and have someone safely sit ON TOP of the damn thing.


OH! OH! ALSO! just discovered a ninja 650 rear shock fits (but it's a lot shorter) gonna try and get a used VERSYS rear shock because it's a bit longer and I don't have to custom fab a new dogbone to raise the bike up.

Maybe I don't have to buy an expensive ass rear shock and can use a modern sportbike shock. the CBR959 shock also fits and has significantly less travel which is actually what' im going for (this is a road bike for weekend track days and cruising around town with the local vintage club)
Why do you want a new rear shock?
GPZ550 cafe racer http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=69514.0

It ain't about showing up on a bike that the loan officer at your bank, or your parent's inheritance bought for you. It's about skinning your knuckles, straining your back, developing some blisters on your hands, breathing varsol and paint fumes,taking measurements and making mistakes.
It's about standing back, after the dust settles, and being able to say when people ask, "I BUILT it!"

Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #11 on: Nov 15, 2017, 19:08:24 »
the factory one has not one but TWO coil "helpers" to keep it from collapsing on itself. It's basically not a shock at all, it's just a rock hard spring.
The forks look like they can be rebuilt, but the stock shock never was meant to be re-buildable. I could have it gutted and revalved, but a new one from YSS custom built to specs is just as expensive.

Haven't done a lot of work on the bike in a couple weeks. Been busy with 80hr weeks at work and only 1 day off out of every 7 I use to sleep. Sleep is the only thing that gives me pleasure right now :-x

Here's what I did last:
Mockup of the bike, with the headlight shell, so I can get a sense of what "complete" looks like at this stage.


deciding to make the seat longer. I'd like the option of a passenger, even if it's a ride around the block. hiding the battery and electronics just got a lot harder. I *DID* grind the tabs off from the old factory stuff so I can make something new on my own.


The view out of the window... KODAK city!


happy winter, y'all. We just got our first snow, but it didn't stick. Bikes are put away, and I'll be putting around on the ruckus when it's not icy.

Offline japstar

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #12 on: Nov 16, 2017, 07:45:51 »
What's a coil helper?

And you can open u the stock shock, clean it and put new oil.
It's designed voor de bike's stock weight. If you trash some parts and lower the weight, the shock is already very good.

And I like the color of the bike altogether :)
GPZ550 cafe racer http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=69514.0

It ain't about showing up on a bike that the loan officer at your bank, or your parent's inheritance bought for you. It's about skinning your knuckles, straining your back, developing some blisters on your hands, breathing varsol and paint fumes,taking measurements and making mistakes.
It's about standing back, after the dust settles, and being able to say when people ask, "I BUILT it!"

Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #13 on: Dec 28, 2017, 23:43:22 »
well, I went to check out a wrecked GSXR today, but the front end had a broken front fork: it was dented in a place that means one tube would need replacing.

The stock forks are out and need a complete overhaul. The electronics are mocked up and ready to be mounted. The wiring needs to be done. The snow is out in full force here, so it's time to head back into the studio/shop and make things happen again. I'm just having a really hard time finding a complete front end for the swap...

morgs88

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #14 on: Jan 02, 2018, 17:29:48 »
well, I went to check out a wrecked GSXR today, but the front end had a broken front fork: it was dented in a place that means one tube would need replacing.

The stock forks are out and need a complete overhaul. The electronics are mocked up and ready to be mounted. The wiring needs to be done. The snow is out in full force here, so it's time to head back into the studio/shop and make things happen again. I'm just having a really hard time finding a complete front end for the swap...

I have a gt550

Same bike at the gpz but shaft driven and dispatch no fairing... ( forks also)

If you do put gsxr forks on there please please let me know how you get on... forks are different than the gt550 but everything same sizing.



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Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #15 on: Jan 29, 2018, 12:54:23 »
did a little more work with a free afternoon.
Removed the rear swingarm and factory shock. It had "spring helpers" wedged in there (it was definitely blown) so it was a pain to remove. Currently awaiting a new adjustable rear shock and powdercoating the swingarm silver to make it sort of match with the Z1 and the ZRX styling




going to get the tank painted but I can't decide on a color.
Stay white like the original? I'd add gold glitter metallic in there
definitely NO RED.
do Kawi green?
something ridiculous like purple sparkle/raspberry café?

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #16 on: Jan 30, 2018, 02:12:00 »
did a little more work with a free afternoon.
Removed the rear swingarm and factory shock. It had "spring helpers" wedged in there (it was definitely blown) so it was a pain to remove. Currently awaiting a new adjustable rear shock and powdercoating the swingarm silver to make it sort of match with the Z1 and the ZRX styling




going to get the tank painted but I can't decide on a color.
Stay white like the original? I'd add gold glitter metallic in there
definitely NO RED.
do Kawi green?
something ridiculous like purple sparkle/raspberry café?

Z1 and ZRX styling for the win.
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
KZ400 The Rabbit
65 Norton, My damn Shovelhead chop, and an 86' FXR
more YZF750R's, the KZ's, a Zephyr750...and the unfinished 75' CB550 cafe.
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Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #17 on: Jan 30, 2018, 20:01:21 »
another update:

YSS fork cartridge emulators have been installed. It wasn't hard at all; everyone should do this to their damper rod fork! No need to suffer shite suspension!
Progressive spring kit installed.

I have to delete the air assist somehow because that's useless to me now...

YSS rear shock ordered with appropriate spring.

And then I started on the wiring harness. I've got the grounds to the frame sorted out, the M UNIT is installed onto the seat pan, and the battery is tentatively mounted back a little further than before. IT'S HAPPENING. THIS THING WILL RIDE.

Pretty soon it will be an exercise in styling the bike to my liking which is a lot less headache I think.

Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #18 on: Mar 12, 2018, 22:49:09 »
I just got the Regulator/Rectifier mount made, and the connectors put together.. I've got the whole electrical system for accessories working. Now I just need the starting circuit finished.

Here's how I ended up mounting the M-Unit and the battery at the back. I opted for a Shorai since I plan on really riding this bike and I didn't want just a little ballistic battery alone to rely on.


New rear shock from YSS suspension setup for my weight.


rear wheel back on, new shock mounted


new front end: This will have to wait to go on. It's a ZX10R front end from 04. Can't find conversion bearings that will fit it...



annnnnd closing up the shop at night



between saving lives and working 80hrs a week most weeks, things have been slow but steady. Hours should be better in about 6 weeks.

Offline Coopacoopacoopa

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Re: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 550
« Reply #19 on: Mar 23, 2018, 01:04:34 »
I feel like you might already know this, but if there isn't a conversion bearing option you might be able to go the route of pressing the gpz steering stem in zx10r lower triple tree. My kz750r1 is using a zx9r upper and lower yokes with a kz steering stem. If the zx10r steering stem is smaller than the gpz stem, you're in business. Vice versa with those dimensions would make things a little trickier.