1972 GT550 cafe build - new topic

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Re: 1972 GT550 cafe build - new topic

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I had offered the pipes at a hard to beat price: shipping cost + $1. Got no serious interest other than the garbage man, who hauled them away some time ago.

Also offered the fugly fairing & got no interest. Had it stored in a friend’s garage. He moved & its now gone but I don’t know what he did with it. Might have ended up being used for target practice.
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jabcb wrote:I had offered the pipes at a hard to beat price: shipping cost + $1. Got no serious interest other than the garbage man, who hauled them away some time ago.

Also offered the fugly fairing & got no interest. Had it stored in a friend’s garage. He moved & its now gone but I don’t know what he did with it. Might have ended up being used for target practice.
Sorry I miss it :(
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Project nearing completion.

From scratch wiring just about done. Using new rectifier & regulator from Oregon Motorcycle Parts, CustomLED LED flasher & GS-series starter relay. Using relay to connect regulator directly to the battery.
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Wiring done. Just a few little tasks left.
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Wow, that's looking super sweet, jabcb 8) 8) 8) :up:

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What a beauty! :clap: Can’t wait to see the completed project!
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Super-tidy mate, well done. :clap:
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Using angled tapered K&N filters. Outer filters need to be rotated to clear early side covers. But then the right filter contacts the oil pump cover — problem easily solved by removing part of the cover.
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Am now done except for the mirrors and Higgspeed exhaust.
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Higgspeed exhaust is here.

Turns out that there is a small difference between early & late frames. Not as big as was with the GT380 build. Practice makes perfect.

Looks like designing a side stand that doesn’t mess with cornering clearance is going to be more of a challenge that on the GT380.
Trial adapter for the left exhaust:
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Very nice. I do love the Gold GT550 J.
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Matches nicely with gold 71 T350.
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Might have the side stand figured out. Using a GS750 stand bracket, a TS90 stand & a thick spacer. The tab for operating the stand will be a bit tricky to design & make.

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