1980 GS550 + 2000 Katana 750

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by SCR100, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. SCR100

    SCR100 Long timer

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    Not gonna lie.... took a big, long break from this project. Had life get in the way over the winter. Had lots of other distractions and, honestly, I just lost interest in it. I sold the Brat project with the stock 550 engine. I even tried to sell the 750 swap project and, I guess you could say luckily, I had no takers.



    So... I took it apart and started working on it again.



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    I got the frame, swing arm and various bits and hangers painted yesterday. Today, I adjusted the valves (all were within specs but I snugged up the intakes just a bit) and slotted the timing advance plate to I can try advancing the timing once I get it running.

    I tried to install the starter motor I bought a year ago only to find that I had a -'98 starter and I have a '00 motor. Doh! Got the correct one ordered and once it's installed I'll get the engine back in the frame and start putting this thing back together.
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  2. SCR100

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    Got the rear brakes bled. The font fender needs to go on with the wheel off, so I'm waiting for it to come back from the painter so that I can finish up the front end.
    All bearings are now greased and installed properly. Swapped out the starter motor (turns out the one in it is good....I'm thinking the P.O. either ran the battery flat or, possibly, fired the solenoid. I'll come back to that).
    I'm waiting to install the exhaust so I can use my jack to get the front end up and remove wheel/install fender.
    Cables are in. I used the throttle and choke for the '96 carbs, stock '00 clutch cable and a speedo cable from a Bandit 1200.
    It won't be long until I can start laying out the wiring harness and figuring out the electrical.

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  3. SCR100

    SCR100 Long timer

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    Got the valves adjusted, slotted the advance plate so that I can get an extra 3-5 degrees of advance, new plugs and I painted and installed some NRC covers.

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  4. SCR100

    SCR100 Long timer

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    And slipped on the Renthal bars that I will be using.

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  5. mentolio

    mentolio Been here awhile

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    Wow, that is really looking bad-ass! Can’t wait to see the finished product.
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  6. SCR100

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    Got a roller. It's about time to start working on the wiring harness and electrics.

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  7. Johann

    Johann Commuterous Tankslapperous

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    Never seen a 550/750 hybrid before, very cool. How about breaking the bank and finding Katana bodywork? There was a 550 Katana that used the same tank and seat as the GS650G...

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  8. Bigeyedfish

    Bigeyedfish Adventurer

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    Sweet build, but damn that white and brown GSP is gorgeous.
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  9. SCR100

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    Haha! The one with the ball in his mouth? That's Amor and he's goofy as hell. My GF is a K9 handler. He's an explosives detection dog. The brown one is Iza and she's retired from the same job. The Blue Heeler is Zippy. He's mine, he's half the weight of the GSP's and he's the Alpha Dog.
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  10. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Nice build. I'm in north Ga. and want to come see this when it's completed. Nice photos.
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  11. mentolio

    mentolio Been here awhile

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    This build is terrific! I love the lines of this bike with all the more modern stuff grafted on.
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