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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:45 pm 
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Yes apparently rods were perfect but when he said pins were suspect i told him to change them. Too risky!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:04 pm 
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Bikes owned: 69 T350 thru 75 GT750
Wheel candy.
Imagecafe-GT550-0758 by jabcb, on Flickr

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Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:56 am 
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Starting to get back to work on this project.
Have the rebuilt crank & cylinders. The painter should be done soon.

Did a rather spiffy job with the motor covers. (We cheated & had forum member Sandman do the work.)
Imagecafe-GT550-8914 by jabcb, on Flickr
Imagecafe-GT550-8918 by jabcb, on Flickr
Imagecafe-GT550-8920 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:20 pm 
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Bikes owned: FZ50, GP100, RG125 Gamma, GT380, Bandit 1200S
Fine-brushed then clear-coated?
Looks very nice. Kinda wishing I'd gone that route myself. Might have saved me a lot of hassle trying to polish the darn things myself!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:12 pm 
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My skill level is really limited in lots of areas, so I farm out quite a bit of work.

I’m not really sure what all was involved in producing that spiffy result. Sandman has vapor blasting equipment that he uses.
We discussed the level of polishing I wanted prior to starting the project. The finish you see is what I picked.

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Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:10 am 
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Location: southwestern Pennsylvania
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Next batch of parts done. The drum & sprocket carrier are for the T500 cafe build.
The ram air covers are just polished — am undecided on either sticking with natural or clear coating the covers.
Imagecafe-GT550-9045 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Location: The Republic of South Yorkshire
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Bikes owned: GT550s GT750 GSX1400 and lots of spares
Silver metallic looks nice. I had the wheels powder coated on the 550 and the GSX1400, but rattle can looks good too.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:24 pm 
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Alan H wrote:
Silver metallic looks nice. I had the wheels powder coated on the 550 and the GSX1400, but rattle can looks good too.

Interesting thought.

The frame is powder coated bengal silver. The body set will be color matched to aztec gold. The exhaust will be Jemco nickel plated.

The sprocket carrier is powder coated silver. That’s similar to the current look of the ram air covers, but the silver powder coat would knock off the sheen.

But how would the silver powder coat stand up to the heat on the ram air cover?

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:28 am 
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Powder coat is baked on and the ram air doesn't get that hot.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:37 am 
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Alan H wrote:
Powder coat is baked on and the ram air doesn't get that hot.

I don’t know what Suzuki was thinking.
The early ram air covers have cooling fins & the cylinder head has a surprisingly skimpy amount of cooling fin surface area.
The later ram air covers have no cooling fins & the cylinder head has a lot more cooling fin surface area.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:38 pm 
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The body set turned out nicely!
Imagecafe-GT550-0826 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 5:19 pm 
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Location: The Republic of South Yorkshire
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Bikes owned: GT550s GT750 GSX1400 and lots of spares
Mine are slightly different.
Standard - ish, with extra metalflake bling.......
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It's coming on steadily - while keeping the other Suzukis - 550, 750, 1400 and me running...
Look through my older posts - search for Earwig, Yeti and Hippo.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 3:25 am 
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The color of my parts is closer to yours than the pics suggest. The ruled mat that is under the parts is a lot greener than shown in the pics. Some of the color shift might be from the lampshade.

My 71 T350 is aztec gold. The sidecovers on that bike are prone to crack so I got some NOS spares. The colors are surprisingly different. My painter explained it as being due to the two layer paint. The final color varies based on the application of the second layer.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 1:44 pm 
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Location: southwestern Pennsylvania
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Bikes owned: 69 T350 thru 75 GT750
Back to working on this build. Hopefully my mechanic/friend will have the motor done soon.
Imagecafe-GT550-0827 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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