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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:57 am 
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Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:31 pm
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Country: New Zealand
Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
Always wanted one of these big two stroke beasts sine the 70's. Bought this ruin for too much money, turned out the front wheel and the frame where the only parts worth having, everything else was toast or wrong. Had J model front forks that were too loose for the triple tree, tank was J too, seat was rubbish, engine turned over amazingly well and when I got the head off i found out why...no pistons! Gearbox was full of rusty water, crank was ruined. Basically I have had to buy this bike back 3 times with parts scavenged, donated and purchased at horribly inflated prices from around the world.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:06 am 
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Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:15 pm
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Country: Australia
Suzuki 2-Strokes: '73 GT750
I don't believe you're a "pioneer" :(


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:09 am 
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Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:32 pm
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Location: southwestern Pennsylvania
Country: USA
Suzuki 2-Strokes: 69 T350 thru 75 GT750
Congrats on having the backbone to see this dream project through to completion. :up:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:31 am 
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Location: The Republic of South Yorkshire
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: 2 x GT550s GT750, T200, TC200
Hope the original seller recovers soon.
I suspect words were said....... :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:20 am 
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Country: New Zealand
Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
So to give some background to this money pit I call a bike lol. The tank was J model, the forks were also the thinner J ones so would never have worked, the main stand was missing, it only had one pipe and that was cracked, the seat was also a mismatch, no headlight, engine had no pistons and the cases were held loosely together with one bolt. The rear wheel had broken spokes, handlebars were bent. In the end I figured out I had a frame, a front wheel, a set of carburetors and some engine cases, not much for $1125 but hey I had a GT550 (Well some of it).


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:23 am 
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
Now I needed an engine and plan "A" was to buy a runner from somewhere but there was nothing around so I was forced to use what I had.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:31 am 
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The rebuild was held up as I hunted for pistons, it turned out one barrel was 0.05 already and the other two were std so not a set, these I had bored to match at 0.5 and finally found some pistons in Australia.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:21 am 
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
Today's mission was fitting the oil lines and refitting the starter motor which now works great. Minor annoyance is I can't get the neutral light to show, It works if I ground the blue wire from the clocks but when hooked up to the sender blue wire from the sender unit I get zip? I can't spin the engine to allow the gears to move as I still have the carbs and oil pump off. I may put the sprocket cover on so I can activate the clutch which will let me move through the gears.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:59 pm 
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Location: southeast pa
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: GT
Looking good :up:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:45 am 
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
Nuts, one of the exhaust manifold bolts has decided to spin and not catch a grip, have bought a Helicoil to fix it. Throttle cables and tacho cable has arrived, bit scary as when the oil pump parts arrive I may actually have to try starting it!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:13 am 
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Suzuki 2-Strokes: 74 GT550 L
Helicoil successful, exhaust tightened, ram-air covers fitted, new stainless steel cover bolts purchased for oil pump. 6 oil pump seals ordered from local Suzuki dealer, awaiting oil pump drive pin and main oil pump seal from Ebay. Seat pan at engineering shop to be rebuilt. Correct front guard purchased from Canada ($220) also seat hinges, locking plate and air box cones from same seller.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:42 pm 
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Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:29 pm
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Country: Canada
Suzuki 2-Strokes: Original owner GT550L
Hush wrote:
Helicoil successful, exhaust tightened, ram-air covers fitted, new stainless steel cover bolts purchased for oil pump. 6 oil pump seals ordered from local Suzuki dealer, awaiting oil pump drive pin and main oil pump seal from Ebay. Seat pan at engineering shop to be rebuilt. Correct front guard purchased from Canada ($220) also seat hinges, locking plate and air box cones from same seller.

Parts are on their way from Canada!!


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