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Old 03-08-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Wicked The Cookie Man made me do it...Or how to claw your way into a decent GS on a dime

Famous Amos, yes the cookies from elementary school guy, once said (I paraphrase) "There is only one way to eat an elephant, one bite at a time."

I have a habit of going after elephants when it comes to projects. In this build thread, I plan to share the triumphs, long ways, short ways (recommended and 'save yourself') and bang your head against a wall ways to go from hand-me-down Kawasaki Vulcan 750 n00b to a glorious airhead GS pro in a few short months.

It would be asinine to assume this will be a smooth road, but to keep the cliche train rolling, variety, challenges and f**k ups are the spice of life, no?

Meet my yet to be named project bike:

1992 BMW R100GS, PD want to be, dressed in glorious early nineties custom neon paint.


The price was right, the title is clear and best of all the engine is dead!

I'm on my way to go see a possible engine candidate in the next town over, could be getting very interesting (I will include lots of pictures) as soon as this Friday morning!

More to come, stay tuned, let me know what you think!

P.S-A HUGE thank you to Brad, the P.O of this bike for the project and the good faith. We'll have to go for a ride when this thing is done.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Dead Engine?

Dead how? Crank shot? Just curious.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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The P.O states it threw a connecting rod. There was never an autopsy, but the hole in the crank case is rather telling
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:14 PM   #4
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Spoon

Here's the new boxer:

Thanks to Joe for the rig, specialty tool loan and seasoned advice.

Stay tuned...next big moves should be Friday morning at my buddy's shop!
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asino screwed with this post 03-08-2011 at 09:22 PM Reason: I should note that this is already in the trunk of my cage, post transaction
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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Before you buy ANYTHING engine related, pull your top end off and see if the top end is good.
I have a bottom end from a 93 GS that I prepped for a project a few years back ( new chain, gaskets, etc) that may not happen. Economics being what they are. I will be in San Jose at the end of this month.
Anyhow, start with taking off your topend and all will be revealed to you.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:22 PM   #6
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I definitely plan on performing an autopsy and taking pictures. Whether that happens this weekend or not is yet to be seen.

I have already sourced a complete engine from a '91 GS that looks pretty clean The seller is local to me and came off as a generally good person who loves airheads. Plus the transaction took place at his home, so I know where he lives.

But we'll see what happens when my friend and I wrestle it in.

wirewrkr, PM me when you get to town if you want to exchange notes!

At the beginning of this thread, I promised there would be no holding back. In that spirit, if the new engine is a dud, I'll be sure to make it know in as fair/objective a way as if it is a star.

Worst cast scenario, I know a whole hell of a lot more about the GS at the end of this weekend than if I do right now.
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