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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:36 am 
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Hi all, I have a keeper 77 GT550 that I have the crank out of. I am looking for info on the Cruisin Image rod kit. I realize that the OEM rods and lipped bearings are unavailable, and have researched the heck out of it and found that the aftermarket uses 5 of the 09262-25098 instead of just 2, and which replaces the 3 09262-25010 Suzuki calls for. From what I can determine, the only difference is the shield that seems to hold the oil to the bearing. There are many routes to go, I am trying to balance quality and cost. My thought is, if the rods are good to go in the kit, the $250 for the kit would be worth it just for the rods(compared to the $600 jrwdfa on Ebay wants for OEM), even if everything else had to be sourced from Suzuki, as I read the big end CI bearings are sketchy. A little background on me, I am a semi-retired bike tech since 1979 and have fallen in love with this bike, and want it reliable. I am doing all the work except for the pressing....any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:31 pm 
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wow surprised no one has any info, Bill Bune appears to use them, anyone have experience w/ them? I ordered the kit anyways so we will see.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:03 am 
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I have just replaced one rod and big end in my '72-76 GT550 bitza using a CI set, have only done 50 miles, but all is well so far.
I agree with you on the bearings, I thought they looked a bit dodgy, so stuck with the originals as they were ok.
I also fitted a set of CI pistons, one was almost a thou different dia to the other two, so I honed the bores to suit, fingers crossed.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:50 am 
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OK, I ordered and will get the kit within a couple weeks, I will check back and report....


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