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  1. peteGS

    my latest build. 2 stroke GT185 cafe racer.

    Keen to follow along here, being a bit of a Suzuki nut and all :) I gotta say one thing I love with your previous builds is how you integrate the seat and tank. Too many builds I've seen over the years that haven't done that and either just don't look right with gaps or (worse still) leave...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I finally got some time to work on a mounting bracket for the speedo and tacho yesterday. I'm liking the non-symmetrical layout, and the speedo positioning means no interference between the clutch and speedo drive cables. The big gap between them will also allow me to put a different ignition...
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    1980 GS450 with a Honda Scrabler Style Exhaust

    Nice work! My two cents is offset tips and definitely closer together... and make sure you have plenty of room to be able to check the oil level with the dipstick! Regarding the cafe comments above, yeah, this is your bike, do what you want. Go back in the day where the cafe was born and there...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I got the service done yesterday, standard oil/filter change and check valve clearances and so forth. The only shim needing changing was number 2 inlet as last time I'm guessing I got the clearance a bit wrong as it was way out of spec (over 0.10mm) and had to go up a shim to bring the...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Yeah these are definitely good bikes! When it was running well I had no issues having fun with the "big boys" on their 1100+ Kats in the tight twisty stuff on our favourite roads, although of course as soon as horsepower comes into play things change :D I find it a fun little bike to ride, even...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I'd say warm rather than hot, was about 3 hours after I got home from work, so should be good enough temperature for testing. Held the throttle at WOT to test also. As for the valves, definitely something I need to check which will be during the next service in a couple of weeks. I've been...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I decided to check the compression last night given the lack of top end and the results weren't good. Number one has 120 PSI, number two only 100 PSI. Going by the manual 100 PSI is the service limit, but they should be 130 - 170 PSI, and if both cylinders measure under 130 PSI it's time for an...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well I finally got it out for a decent ride yesterday after the changes so far. Definitely more enjoyable to ride again and I had a blast, although encountered a couple of issues. First one's a simple fix... my rear number plate had started to crack from vibration likely due to the weight of...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well a bit of shuffling, a bit of filing, and the switch is back in action again, yay! Now on to figuring out what to do about mounting the GS500 tacho...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I picked up a GS500 tacho on Thursday to use on the 450 but when I went to test it I discovered my ignition key wouldn't turn in the barrel. It was getting a bit stiff lately so not really surprised it stopped functioning. I dismantled it to find three different issues, and it's a wonder it was...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Cheers! I got them installed last night and yeah looks loads better than the dirt bike mudguard that was on there and so much nicer not having a rusty headlight bucket! https://flic.kr/p/2i8eynR]Untitled[/url] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/89703844@N08/]starpoint73[/url], on Flickr
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Happy New Year all! First post for 2020 is a good one for me :D I hadn't done any more on the 450 as I've been spending my time off doing a serious garage tidy. This made enough room for a new workbench to do all my bending, drilling, cutting, etc. Relocating the bench grinder also allows...
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    My TR1 Cafe Racer - a tribute to my late brother Kevin

    Mate that's awesome, great job! That exhaust does sound great too (just watched your Youtube clip).
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well it's official, the 450 is fun again! Had a short ride up a local mountain to meet a mate for coffee yesterday and it was a blast. The clubmans and rearsets make it quite comfortable and the speedo does the job nicely also. Forgot to get a photo up the top but it's fun for me seeing my...
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Got the idiot lights all hooked up Friday and got a quick test ride in yesterday finally to check out the rearsets and see how accurate the speedo is. According to the GPS speedo app on my phone the speedo is pretty spot on for accuracy, and the rearsets are in a real good position, just needed...
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    HAPPY CHRISTMAS

    Same to you all from down under, hope you all have a great time!
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Cheers! You can always have two on the go right? :cool: If the lower end is bad you can always just swap it out for a GS500 and just use the 450 head. I understand it's pretty straight forward, although the shift pattern will be reversed as the GS500's have no shift linkage. That should be an...
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    Rearset and drum brake leverage - confirmation my theory will work!

    Interesting solution! How effective is it? I just didn't want to mess with the stock linkage etc. And no probs on closing the thread out, I 100% agree. It gets so frustrating when you see someone posting exactly the same question or problem but then...
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    Any other Aussies still around?

    Good stuff, welcome along! I can't help you on the pricing though, I'm a Suzuki addict so I'm a bit out of the loop on the others :)
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    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Should have a speedo sorted very soon, grabbing a POSH brand one instead this arvo: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Posh-Speedo/283641824949?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2748.l2649
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