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  1. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    I’m also not running a steering damper any more, so I’m not looking to go ham.
  2. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    All good stuff doc_rot. I haven’t measured trail yet—I don’t have any baseline for geometry/suspension at the moment, other than my initial impression ride when I bought the bike back. We’re still basically in the mock up stage, but luckily I’ve got lots of height adjustability in both front...
  3. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Sorry for the lack of updates, I took a few months off when work got busy. But I’m back at it again until April or so. I decided to stick with the stock carbs for the time being—it would be really nice to have this thing running this year. I did pick up an ultrasonic cleaner though, so cleaned...
  4. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Thanks irk, lots of food for thought.
  5. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Interesting, thanks, I’m going to look into this. Did you guys run pods, or make an air box? Did it alter the intake sound? Got any pics of the set ups?
  6. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    That’s a neat option. From the photos on his site, it looks like the 2-1 manifolds clamp on to the stock intake runners? How’s the throttle response with that? I’d like to shorten the runners anyways, whichever route I go, so I’ll probably fabricate them. There’s a couple cool setups with...
  7. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    The stock carbs are really just a clusterfuck, aren’t they? It has me thinking about alternatives. So I’m not going to do anything with them right now, I might not even install the new ITG filter—it’ll just get smashed against the frame down tubes. I hate to say it, but I think I’m going...
  8. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    I took another stab at the cylinder studs, with a little hatred this time. I bent them over at the base which gave me some solid leverage, and most eventually twisted out this way. A handful snapped off, and I welded old studs onto the ends protruding from the block. Most took a few cycles of...
  9. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    I was shocked when I got it! I asked the seller for better photos, but they didn’t help, so I took the gamble on it because of the price. Nice little surprise.
  10. Ringo

    4into1 shocks?

    You probably already know the answer, but you get what you pay for. That said, I just put a set on my cb! I chose their aluminum body/non reservoir models, because they offered ride height adjustment and are a very cheap stand-in until I decide to throw more money at a “problem”. You only get...
  11. Ringo

    NT650 hawk restomod

    Oh sweet! Sounds like it’s running great, that thing is going to be a blast.
  12. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Some accidental progress today. I was never really happy with the position of the foot pegs, originally. They’re too far back, and a hair too high. For this go-around, I had planned on making some aluminum mounting plates with multiple peg mount holes for the foot pegs, which bolt to the...
  13. Ringo

    Stolen

    Damn it, I’m really sorry to hear this Dennis.
  14. Ringo

    The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon ('78 KZ1000)

    The half evil kit was pretty comprehensive! Just fyi your name and address is on that package, if you care about that stuff being public.
  15. Ringo

    The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon ('78 KZ1000)

    That’s like $500 worth of stainless at my local hardware store! Jackpot!
  16. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Brakes are almost done. When I pulled the calipers apart, I found one phenolic and one stainless piston. I always meant to replace the heavy stainless one, but guess I never did. So now that’s done. These things are slick—very light and cheap. The rotors came back from Tom at TrueDisk...
  17. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Oh man, me too! Thanks, I’m just glad it decided to take me back!
  18. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Thanks Justin! It just wouldn’t be right posting this build anywhere else.
  19. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Truth! Haha
  20. Ringo

    CB550K1 - that Gulf bike

    Thanks Mike, good call. Matt’s done some great vinyl for me before, don’t know why I didn’t think of him.
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