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Old 11-30-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Talking 1982 gs850

Hey guys! New to the forum here, So i'll be seeing you around but priorities first! Here's my planned build which should occupy the next month or so. On December 3, 2011 I'll officially have a bike/vehicle of my own. It's the first vehicle I've owned (excluding pedal bikes) and I've had bike fever over it sooo bad for about 2 weeks. It's a GS850 with ~40k miles, it's not running and I'm picking it up for $700. The old girl was likely hit really hard (bad enough the shatter the ignition cover) when the last owner laid it down pretty bad- but I got on it and felt essentially a NEED to get it back up and running in loved condition, It's hard to explain i suppose. I used to build computers and have a lot of fabrication experience but this is new and exciting territory for me, Here's a list of what i'll be doing:

Replace:
Speedometer
2 valve cover bolts
Pulse generator (smashed to bits)
Stator
Re-sleeve all wiring
Ignition cover + Gasket (I'll have to tap new holes aswell)


Considering it isn't running, I'm gambling hoping that that's the only problem, but i'm prepared to spend 2k on this bike, I feel like it's made for me. If those replacements don't get it going, the next thing i'm wacking at is the fuel lines/pumps/carb in that order XD already have new air filters to original spec on

Repair:
Seat
Wiring (where it needs it, if it needs it)
Front brake pedal
All plastics and rubbers to be restored
Restore chrome and aluminum to good+ condition
Mufflers (few bad spots and a dent)
Bondo the gas tank (1 handlebar dent 1/2 deep + small dent from god knows what)

Repaint:
All tins to a gunmetal grey with a clear coat
^after paint, I'll be applying 4" black vinyl squares with 1" boarders of the gunmetal showing
Clean EVERYTHING on the bike. 30 years of dirt and this baby needs a shower

I've also got a lot of addons i'll be installing, but that'll come afterwards, as for now, here's what i'm working with!

(last 2 taken with a SE X10 phone, gotta love it!



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Old 12-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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I'm building a 82 GS850 in to a RTW sidecar rig right now.
My thread is The 12x12 build
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm building a 82 GS850 in to a RTW sidecar rig right now.
My thread is The 12x12 build
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It looks really good! I don't plan on TOOO much fabrication, but it certainly needs some work and repair to be road worthy (and I plan on being much more than road worthy )
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #5
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Make sure go over to the
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Thanks! I'll check it out- They are supposed to be really bulletproof bikes, I can't wait until mines in my hands with the title and i can cut her up XD
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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The only real problem is the charging system,they will tell you all about it over at GSResources .....
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:00 PM   #7
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The only real problem is the charging system,they will tell you all about it over at GSResources .....
I'm already well aware of it from reviews alone, It shouldn't be too much to bother with, I've budgeted $2000 to a motorbike, and spent $700 on this one so I've got $1300 left, subtract the $280 of expected replacements and I've got ~$1020 for unexpected repairs and modifications + ~$50 paint job.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #8
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Congrats on the bike. I've always admired those shaft drive GS Suzukis. Keep posting as you make progress with it.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:09 PM   #9
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12-1-11

Sooo today was a nesting day in prep for the bike's arrival. I busted my @$$. I've got some pics to prove it too XD First step was cleaning out an 1/8th of my garage. Simple right? Not when your garage looks like this:
After about 9 hours of labor, I eventually carved out this:
AND on the way, i found a pallet of 20 year old brick that was used to build the house, it's now laying on the side for a walkway so i can get around a 20" box plumbing truck (currently modeled by a 1999 Park Avenue)

So... My day is pretty much gone, my back hurts even though i lift with my legs, and my stomach is imploding so I think i'll sit down for some Top Gear and a bowl of chili and then be back to crawl the forums.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:44 AM   #10
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Atleast you have a garage!!,all my builds are done in a 12x12 shed with no power and a 4 foot door so the the sidecar and bike DO NOT fit in together !!.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:01 AM   #11
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Atleast you have a garage!!,all my builds are done in a 12x12 shed with no power and a 4 foot door so the the sidecar and bike DO NOT fit in together !!.
True that XD But i DID have to bust my ass for that garage and i get a ~12x7ft area to work in, store my stuff, and put my bike. ALL the other area is fully taken by my dad's crap (he's a hoarder, I need to offer the whole garage to goodwill )
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:35 PM   #12
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No pictures for today- but I'm typing this up for the integrity of the log. Pulled out the battery, batter cage, rectifier, wiring harness, 2ndary ground, rear fender, and pulse generator wiring (GOOD GOD, that wiring was CAKED with tar and road grime, it was over a centimeter in some spots. Jeeze!) (Oh yeah *reminder for me* your clutch cable = disconnected, and you're in gear!) Anyways- even after washing diligently with dawn several time I still look like a leper or mold man [I got 3 spare speedo and the one on the bike was near obliterated on the casing and such so I took the mechanics of the one on the bike (still good and tuned) put them in the housing of one with an 80mph limit and used the faceplate off of what was probably the original (It had luxury! I'm talking a 6 gear indicator, 2 turn signal indicators, kick stand indicator etc- structural integrity was nil though) So I've got an ugly but functional speedo I rounded to 0 on the odometer so I know how many I've put (+ around 40,000) on the bike.

Known needed repair: replace this and its cover

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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Today's discovery, Not only was the bike red, it was ALSO blue as one point- likely the original color. Never been stripped just painted over XD I plan on changing that.

Froze my ass off cleaning and degreasing the bike to some acceptable extent- then hauled her back in the garage. (And since my parents have a thing for space heaters, and I don't have one, I'm typing in shorts in 51 degree temps XD) Anyways... I've decided on painting it satin black, it seems the best in my taste- not totally flat mind you- something like this: I might also black out my pipes for the first 2 feet where they're rusted and on the bottoms where there's more issues so they look cleaned up a bit (using high temp of course) and that would be totally flat black. OR Should i get a wrap?
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:19 PM   #14
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ARG doubt post lag- sorry (this spot will be used for later update)

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:28 PM   #15
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Reminds me of my former GS. It was painted hammered black laquer which was somewhat a satin.






You could paint the pipes with a high heat paint, It works but I have always had to touch them up once in a while. The paint always discolored in the first six inches for me.
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