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    Default GS550 Back Street Hauler...

    Bought a GS 550.

    Did stuff to it.

    Nosing in on done....
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    i like dat

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    dig it. more pics????

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    I had to stand on top of the bender to take that one...

    Too much crap in the shop to get it outside and take some pics of it.

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    Chopped up the 4-1 that came with it, and threw in some new / scrap stuff to build the exhaust.
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    Nice pics. I was going to read your full build description, but it was a bit wordy. What are you an English major? You might as well get a publisher with a novel like that.

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    Well, it's more a series of magazine articles than a novel.

    But it is published.

    Back Street Heroes magazine, usally around page 56. This ones been in there from about issue 298 on.

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    Decided that there was too much acreage in the side panels.

    Made some stuff to break them up a bit.
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    side pannels are great fab work so thumbs up on that and what springs did you use on the seat??

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    They're exhaust mounting springs.

    Attach the header to the manifold on some FWD van apparently.

    I just get em from a place that sells car exhausts.

    They're only zinc plated, and the top ones are waaaay too stiff.

    But they were cheap.

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    That's looking good. I have a GS 650 I've been thinking about chopping - I'm guessing you hardtailed the stock frame? Was it a chain or shaft drive model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
    Bought a GS 550.

    Did stuff to it.

    Nosing in on done....
    Great decryption!

    WARNING to all early 80's Suzuki GS owners You have to read this! It could save you TONS!

    http://www.electrosport.com/technica...reet_57050.php

    http://www.thegsresources.com/garage/gs_statorfacts.htm

    Reading this helped a lot on my Zuki build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake93 View Post
    That's looking good. I have a GS 650 I've been thinking about chopping - I'm guessing you hardtailed the stock frame? Was it a chain or shaft drive model?
    Yeah. The 550 is chain drive.

    First thing I did was stretch the downtubes so it sat level at 5" ride height.

    Then I hardtailed it, Axle plates on the end of the swing arm, new, single top tube and seat rails I built on the bench. Once I had the top in, I did the lower rails. Cut the tacks to the plates, pulled the pin, took the arm out.

    Shafties, require more thought. Usually I build a frame from scratch for those, but I like to build a proper hardtail, not involving the original swing arm or the shaft side shock mount....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
    Shafties, require more thought. Usually I build a frame from scratch for those, but I like to build a proper hardtail, not involving the original swing arm or the shaft side shock mount....
    Yeah.. I'm just riding it and tweaking the motor a bit for now, while i weigh my options. A scratch frame sounds like it might be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake93 View Post
    Yeah.. I'm just riding it and tweaking the motor a bit for now, while i weigh my options. A scratch frame sounds like it might be the way to go.
    There's a Specter 750 Kwak in my shop that belongs to my cousin. The problem is once you decide to dump the stock arm, then positioning the bevel box becomes a bit of an ass ache.

    I can probably arrange for some pics of the Kwak if it would help?

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    i have a 78 gs 550 and I put pod filters on and am plannignto cut the pipes. Any ideas on what jet size I should use to replace them? Im assuming you did that to yours

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwc1313 View Post
    i have a 78 gs 550 and I put pod filters on and am plannignto cut the pipes. Any ideas on what jet size I should use to replace them? Im assuming you did that to yours
    Go up 1-2 jet sizes (3 at most) They say "1 size for pipes, 1-2 for pods" You can find them on many sites, I use Biker Bandit as they carry all the sizes even the in betweens. I checked the parts catalog for your bike; but it doesn't specify what your main jet size is. You'll have to check and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sighless View Post
    Go up 1-2 jet sizes (3 at most) They say "1 size for pipes, 1-2 for pods" You can find them on many sites, I use Biker Bandit as they carry all the sizes even the in betweens. I checked the parts catalog for your bike; but it doesn't specify what your main jet size is. You'll have to check and go from there.
    thanks sighless, i think the stock is 92.5 or 95.2 not sure, dont know about jets really.

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