Assessing my new GT380 *PICS*

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by LasseNC, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    Plugged exhaust headers? Never heard of this. If its just residual oil and such, they can typically be cleaned fairly well.

    - Mark
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  2. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    By trashed I mean that it looks like someone ran into a curb several thousands of times. They are smashed flat.
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  3. markjenn

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    I understand now, this makes sense. Surprisingly, the drop off in performance with dents in pipes is not as much as you'd expect, so you might want to bolt them up, get the bike running, and then decide if the rest of the bike merits spending on a replacement.

    Looks like Ebay does have options if you want to spend.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/72-Suzuki-G...Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item3cc08d96ed

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  4. Foot dragger

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    I sell stuff on ebay from time to time to all parts of the world,oft times a seller will help out with import duties by marking a lower value on parts. Not that I would do such a thing.
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  5. BEERBELLYKELLY

    BEERBELLYKELLY make the metal scream

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    these are great little stinkwheels-we had tons of these during the early eighties-they were dirt cheap=-the original coilpack was common to all the triples,a three coil unit-we did one of these to run fast-but it was major work,and it needed to be freshed out after a meeting-we ran on pre mix exclusively-the pipe 3 into 0ne pipe sounded awesome-but slowed the bikes right down,we made some expansion chambers by modifying a set of DYSON kh250 pipes to set calculous-they ripped!
    stay with this bike-they are tough little things and can be super reliable.good luck-
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  6. Duck_Pilot

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    .........If you have trouble keeping the transmission countershaft, or kickstart shaft in place, here's a trick I used on my GT-550 roadracer: smear a thin coating of cup-grease on any outside bearing races that try to tilt up from the bottom case. When that happens, getting them to relocate over the dowel-pins properly is a major pain-in-the-ass. The grease is sticky enough to hold things in place against gravity and leverage for a few moments - plenty enough time to locate the top case-half properly. It won't hurt any nearby seals, nor foul the gearbox oil.

    Granted, with your 6-speed gearbox and kick-start only GT-380, this may not be an issue...... but just in case, yanno!
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  7. badweatherbiker

    badweatherbiker Been here awhile

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    I have a 71 gt350 i was going to restore and have had it for many years and it was a blast to ride.
    I just listed it and a 73 CR250M Elsinore in the classifieds for trade for a dual sport for my daughter to learn on when she gets her liscense.
    The T350 is all there except 1 side cover- no dents either but it doesn need to be restored and its not locked up. I was riding it around in the mid to late nineties.
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  8. LasseNC

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    Stalled on the project, everything is FUBAR and I will need a donorbike before proceeding. Landed a Suzuki GS500e for next to nothing. It's a 95 and will be the newest bike I've ever owned.
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  9. ty.zardoz

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    Ahh fond memories of my old GT380... seems like a lifetime ago :)

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  10. EvanBA

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    If you still need some coils I have a set from a GT250 sitting in the garage. I think they might be the same?
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  11. LasseNC

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    I am not sure, the shipping and import duties would kill me, but thank you for the offer :)

    Don't know what I am going to do with the project, it needs way more than I first anticipated to get it in to the desired shape.
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  12. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    I actually had SOME progress today :)

    I decided to finally do something with the bike, so I put the engine back in the frame, installed the front mudguard and a new headlight.

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    A thread is totally smashed on the forkleg, making it close to impossible to get the last front stay mounted. I'll see if I can come up with some thing :)
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  13. LasseNC

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    More wiring.

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    Yes, I bridged it, I am not proud, it's bound to fail at some point.

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    This spiral cord thingie, makes my OCD very pleased. It should make future mods easy to incorporate.

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  14. LasseNC

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    I've been thinking about ditching the rearcowl.

    Arguments are mainly that its a bitch to mount, and I need to find some awesome way of doing it, that will allow for quick removal when I need to refill the oiltank.

    What do you think?
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  15. thelen60

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    Are you planning on putting rearsets on it?
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    Absolutely, know anyone who makes them?
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  17. thelen60

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    No, I do not. I was just curious because (obviously) a bike with low handlebars and standard peg position would make riding feel like yoga. Admittedly, I have no experienced with cafe'd bikes, it was just an observation. Are you going to add a rear fender or hugger? I think you are doing a great job with it, keep up the good work.
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  18. LasseNC

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    The original fender is split in two. The inner fender would work as a hugger. However, I am going with the full original fender, as I need to have a huge numberplate on the rear as well. Also it would go better with an original style seat that I am going with. Only because I know make some hinge work to the rearcowl is going to suck. If I get a custom made oiltank made like a manx tank or so, then I'd go with the cowl for sure.
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  19. thelen60

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    I somehow managed to not see the rear fender. I see a lot of people in the states build cafe bikes with clip-ons, no rearsets, and no fenders then sell them for way too much money. Glad to see you are doing it properly. I haven't ridden a two-stroke in a long time and I would really like to find a small displacement single cylinder to tear into.
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  20. LasseNC

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    I've ridden two strokes most of the time, and its a love/hate relationship I have with them. I love the narrow powerband some of them have, and I feel very racy sometimes, but when I'm in the alps and I'm climbing hills, I envy the 4strokes a bit of time.

    But go ahead. I'd try to source a Yamaha RD350 next time, supposedly very handy, and cool aftermarket support, not so much with the GTs, unless you get a kettle that is.

    But yeah, rearsets are deffo the way to go with this, otherwise it'd be way too cramped, and gearshifts probably awesome.

    I need to figiure out a design where I'm using the mount from the passenger pegs, ie. a single hole. I THINK I can flip the gearshift lever and it'd suit fine. Brake side is another story though, I will have to be creative there.
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