Greetings, everyone! My first post here in OSR. I hope I'm not intruding. I've posted a couple of these pics before in another forum and decided it wasn't the place, so I'm remaking the thread here. Iâve been a tad busy with all the things going on in my life, so I have to take little bites at everything just to keep everyone happy, including me. I submit for your approval my 1981 Suzuki GS850GL, and some pics of one of those tiny bites I did to it tonight after work. I plan to make it over into a rat-bike, and a rat she shall be, but I want her to be a nicely-running rat. I also want to give her some custom touches that will make her unique among the other vermin. Below is a pic of Ratzuki, with the ever-faithful Captain Nemo standing guard. Side view here. The old girl has seen better days. 31,744 on the odo. Crappy, spent, bent, and busted air shocks. Bad seat. Oh yeahâ¦ time for some overhaulin! Oh no! A torn driveshaft boot. No biggie. This will all be rebuilt and replaced before this old girl gets on the road again. Hereâs what she looks like now. Superbike bars (not sure Iâll keep them) and lying on the floor is a pair of new-used shocks I got from ebay for $4.99! I pulled off a lot of superficial crap and looks like Iâll be yanking more off soon. Top view. Notice the wiring loom is out of the bike. Iâve never seen a more buggered wiring job in my entire life. The previous owner said he had many wiring problems and shorts and burned wiring. He was right! Iâll replace the whole loom with brand new 14 gauge control wiringâ¦ the good stuff! Here is the object of my affection tonight. The old and crusty-rusty battery case. What a pos! Iâll remove the condenser and the relays and padding and run it through the bead blaster. Holy smokes, that condenser didnât want to come off. A little Zep Super-penetrant and a vise-grip pliers did the trick. Here it is in the blast cabinet, ready for a good cleaning. â¦and here it is, all nice and descaled. I like to use glass beads on stuff like this. They just arenât as aggressive as silicon carbide. Glass beading actually leaves some metal behind for you to work with! Here we go. A nice coat of hammer-finish black rustoleum and we are good to go! Hope you enjoyed my little bite off of the Ratzuki Project. My next post on this will be the fitting of a custom rear fender. gânight!