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Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-31-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,424
Posted By BiGR Rich
Cool. I put a GS500 front end on my 1980 GS450....

Cool. I put a GS500 front end on my 1980 GS450. So it's good to see alternatives for a similar setup.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-31-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,424
Posted By BiGR Rich
Coming along nicely man. New forks? Like,...

Coming along nicely man.

New forks? Like, from a different bike?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-28-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,424
Posted By BiGR Rich
Hey, I recognize that KZ....... Signed up as...

Hey, I recognize that KZ.......

Signed up as well. I enjoy watching Suzuki's getting improved.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-17-2013, 02:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Sorry Pablo, I've been distracted as well...... ...

Sorry Pablo, I've been distracted as well......

I've been going back and forth researching what will and will not fit as far as the rear wheel goes. The rear GS750 wheel I was looking at will...
Forum: Equipment 09-17-2013, 03:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,595
Posted By BiGR Rich
I have the X Grip and a Samsung Note II with an...

I have the X Grip and a Samsung Note II with an Otterbox case. Maybe my X grip has weaker springs than everybody else's, but I've seen my phone become dislodged going over railroad tracks. I started...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-23-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Also worth mentioning: I ordered a tail light...

Also worth mentioning: I ordered a tail light lens from a T500. I was going to mock up the tail light mount, but I ran out of sheet metal...... dammit.
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-23-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
To fix the ride height issue while using the GS...

To fix the ride height issue while using the GS swingarm, I was planning on having the lower shock mount tig welded in a proper position. But then it dawned on me......moving the upper shock mount...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-23-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Sorry for the lack of updates - between working...

Sorry for the lack of updates - between working 12 hour shifts I've been working on a swing set for my son and chopping down a pine tree in the yard.....

Back to work though! I did a test fitting...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-03-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Ben - I don't have a scale small enough to weigh...

Ben - I don't have a scale small enough to weigh the two, but it is definitely lighter than stock.

Duckman - I have put some thought into sidecovers, actually. I haven't decided one way or...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-03-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
And I couldn't help but notice how similar the...

And I couldn't help but notice how similar the GS750ES swingarm is to my own. After buying one on eBay, there are 2 differences worth noting: the swingarm is about 7/8" longer, and the lower shock...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-03-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Thanks to Mr Salty Monk for any trial and error...

Thanks to Mr Salty Monk for any trial and error he put in on this.......bought a 98 Ducati M900 shock on eBay:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Thanks fellas. Ben - it's not that I'm away...

Thanks fellas.

Ben - it's not that I'm away from DTT so much.....all this is over there as well. I just haven't had much to report lately.....the GS450 has taken up a good bit of my time.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 02:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Updated the front end from the GS650's 35mm dual...

Updated the front end from the GS650's 35mm dual caliper to a GS850's 37mm dual caliper:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/photobucket-6077-1362691762388_zps6fbcfa56.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 02:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
With a new (read: longer) tank, I have to redo...

With a new (read: longer) tank, I have to redo the seat. Besides, that Hammer seat was massive:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/photobucket-4939-1352970798199.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Why can't I just leave well enough alone? ...

Why can't I just leave well enough alone?

For personal reasons, I decided to take the bike another direction (again). First up, changing to a larger gas tank from a GS850:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Finally! Got it wired up, running, and ready to...

Finally! Got it wired up, running, and ready to go. I restored this other GR while working on mine. But since I had 2 running GR650's, I figured it was a great opportunity to take a picture of them...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Coming together nicely...... ...

Coming together nicely......

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/photobucket-1512-1329937241937.jpg
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Ditched the steel fender I was running for a...

Ditched the steel fender I was running for a fiberglass one from RocCity. Painted to match the new tank & seat scheme:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Back to painting the tins..... ...

Back to painting the tins.....

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/photobucket-3789-1326318643629.jpg
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Replaced the headlight / speedometer with a nice...

Replaced the headlight / speedometer with a nice one from Acewell:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/photobucket-6481-1322426186937.jpg

And after seeing this "Japan only"...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
The gray paint on the wheels never did seem right...

The gray paint on the wheels never did seem right to me. Just something about them.....so they got painted with Duplicolor Metalcast paint:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Added a taillight from a Hodaka: ...

Added a taillight from a Hodaka:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/2011-07-16_05-31-21_98.jpg

And a universal SuperTrapp muffler to replace the MAC unit:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
I never did take a picture of the dent in the...

I never did take a picture of the dent in the side of this tank.....but to make a long story short, my neighbor does body work and paint, and owed me a favor:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Had a friend machine up some rearset mounting...

Had a friend machine up some rearset mounting plates out of aluminum :

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/1308177319.jpg

Brake side:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 01:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Used the wheel and spokes from a GT750 to convert...

Used the wheel and spokes from a GT750 to convert the stock 16" wheel to an 18" wheel:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/1305744229.jpg

Wheel painted, tire installed, chain...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 12:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Starting to look like something again.....fender...

Starting to look like something again.....fender installed, started mocking up the MAC 2-1 exhaust (made for a GS450, so it didn't bolt right up). Also traded the stock mag wheels for some spoke...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Installed the stock speedometer in the headlight:...

Installed the stock speedometer in the headlight:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/1294552217.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/rmyers104/media/1294552217.jpg.html)

And got...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
I can't find the pictures at the moment, but I...

I can't find the pictures at the moment, but I swapped out the stock front end for one from a Gs650. The fork diameter and lengths were the same, but it had mounts for dual calipers - which I painted...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-02-2013, 12:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Started trimming the fat off that seat: ...

Started trimming the fat off that seat:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/SU1HMDAwMzYtMjAxMDEwMjYtMDkzMC5qcGc.jpg
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
The cylinders and head got polished too, but the...

The cylinders and head got polished too, but the head cover got some paint on it (my hands hurt and there are a bunch of small corners on this thing.....):
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Test fitting the GS450 tank: ...

Test fitting the GS450 tank:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/Mobile%20Uploads/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDktMjAxMDEwMDktMDEwMi5qcGc.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 11:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Started polishing aluminum like a mad man: ...

Started polishing aluminum like a mad man:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/Mobile%20Uploads/utf-8BSU1HMDAyNTQtMjAxMDA5MjItMjE1NC5qcGc.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
And so it begins...... I had something...

And so it begins......

I had something happen in 2010, and my version of therapy was working in the garage. By then I had made a little cafe bike out of a Honda CL175, and thought that the GR...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Once it was safe to ride, I started making some...

Once it was safe to ride, I started making some smaller changes - mirrors, grips, small windscreen, and the hideous "1980's metric cruiser" fender with matching square taillight:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Rear wheel installed, which meant I was able to...

Rear wheel installed, which meant I was able to roll the entire thing around the garage and make "Vroom vroom" noises:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Somewhere in all that I guess I hated the black...

Somewhere in all that I guess I hated the black on the tank....looking back, I wasn't a fan of the blue either. Ha!
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
Got the motor cleaned up, painted, and installed:...

Got the motor cleaned up, painted, and installed:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/Suzuki%20GR650%20rebuild/IMGP2589.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
All the way down.......frame was sandblasted,...

All the way down.......frame was sandblasted, cleaned, and primered:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/Suzuki%20GR650%20rebuild/IMGP2562.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
As you can see, rust was a big problem all over: ...

As you can see, rust was a big problem all over:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/Suzuki%20GR650%20rebuild/IMGP2494.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-01-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,429
Posted By BiGR Rich
After riding it for a couple months enjoying the...

After riding it for a couple months enjoying the end of the season, I decided it was time to get to work. Everything needed stripped down, blasted, polished / painted, and generally cleaned up. In...
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