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Old 04-16-2008, 11:33 AM   #241
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i have to sacrifice sleep to get time in the garage. that or work it in during kid's nap time on the weekends. you've gotten a lot done pretty quickly. keep it up.


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That cost me $25, can't wait to see what the sidestand (also $25) repair looks like! pix to follow..

Have to admit that I am getting a bit worried about the lack of time between now and our planned ride Putts!

I have about 90 days to get everything done on this poor old G/S that sat for 3-4 years, and ride enough miles to make sure it won't break and strand me in the middle of no-where!

That, coupled with the kids t-ball, swimming, irish dance, soccer, birthdays, business travel makes for a pretty tight schedule!

I really need to get out for an all-day dirt ride ASAP!
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:18 PM   #242
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Dag nub it! I gotta gets me a welder.
Nahh...just need friends with one. I'm taking a welding class at the local tech center--got a discount because I teach in the county. One of my former students welds professionally so I have access to mig, tig, plasma torch, the whole shebang at his house.

My teacher at the tech center did ask me to stop sneaking in projects of my own, though. Everyone else was laying beads on flat steel while I had my sidestand in a vertical vice fixing the foot and adding some material to the bottom weld
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:26 PM   #243
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I had my sidestand in a vertical vice fixing the foot and adding some material to the bottom weld
Here's my "repaired" sidestand... the entire foot part had broken off, luckily the PO had tossed it into the tool box.

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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:55 PM   #244
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Thanks Longways, and I actually had that site bookmarked. When I tear the bike down this winter to have the frame et all powdercoated or painted I'm planning on doing a few reinforcements. For now, the sub is at a local welding shop to have the cracks welded and have some welds thrown onto the insdie of that broken piece where it hits the subframe. There aren't any in there from the factory.
You should head up here to Bellingham one of these 2nd Mondays of the month for Barley Therapy, Kevin more often than not comes down from Vancouver - and I more often than not head up to Vancouver most 3rd Tuesdays.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:36 PM   #245
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That, coupled with the kids t-ball, swimming, irish dance, soccer, birthdays, business travel makes for a pretty tight schedule!
Careful Gage. You're starting to sound like someone you know.


You're really cooking on this project. Keep going! You'll be done before you know it.
Hell, you almost beat me done.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:15 PM   #246
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Hell, you almost beat me done.
Man, I've barely started on this project.... trust me!

At anything closer than 5 feet, my G/S looks pretty rough, and, most importantly I've only ridden 105 miles!

I suspect that there are going to be a few highs, a few lows, a bunch of dirt and most likely a bit of frustration to even things out!

"Finished" is a dirty word to me My real plan is to never finish then I don;t have to sell this one and buy something else (perhaps an elefant or something?)
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:16 PM   #247
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OK, can admit that I really, really want a /2 to go with my G/S can't I?
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:29 AM   #248
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OK, can admit that I really, really want a /2 to go with my G/S can't I?
Sure, and i'll be your airheads anonymous group buddy and admit that I really want a G/S to go with my /2. So, we're both halfway there.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #249
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Sure, and i'll be your airheads anonymous group buddy and admit that I really want a G/S to go with my /2. So, we're both halfway there.


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Old 04-17-2008, 09:01 AM   #250
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You should head up here to Bellingham one of these 2nd Mondays of the month for Barley Therapy, Kevin more often than not comes down from Vancouver - and I more often than not head up to Vancouver most 3rd Tuesdays.
Sounds fun!
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:50 AM   #251
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Sounds fun!
Let me know and I'll make sure he brings the g/s.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:54 AM   #252
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Sure, and i'll be your airheads anonymous group buddy and admit that I really want a G/S to go with my /2.
Mwahahahaha

Based on this thread of mine last week, the G/S has been returned to stock round-headlight config (albeit w/ the 87-90 GS windscreen). Losing the 15lbs of roo-bar stuff on the front end makes for completely different handling in dirt, some +, some - there. My read after a weekend of trails w/ the stock config is that that extra roo-weight kept the front wheel planted better in sand, but less weight ends up a no-brainer regardless, after re-adjusting to the diff handling dynamics.



I am researching all recent (last 6-odd months) sales of both G/S and GS (non-PD) that have occured here, on FleaBay, and on ibmwr, and will price mine accordingly and attractively. To the right buyerMatt the original 800 motor might be included in the deal

hey wait, was that a hijack? Sorry Lobo

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Old 04-21-2008, 05:17 AM   #253
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Question...no attempt at a hijack

Hi guys, just picked up an 84 G/S and finally got around to putting 900 miles on her this weekend. Great bike with plenty of get up and go for me (an old fart...not that old). I'm putting her back to original, with a few exceptions, including a better charging system, new front springs, heavier fork oil, for safety, more on the bike comfort and bothwill be invisible. The one thing I noticed on the ride was that I needed to lower the foot pegs. I don't want to hijack the thread but it sounds like we're got a group of G/S riders here so I wanted to pose the question. Great thread BTW!

Any lowered footpeg recommendations? Fastway maybe?

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Old 04-21-2008, 09:20 AM   #254
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hey wait, was that a hijack? Sorry Lobo

I am Matt's tormentor, and I approve this message

Best all,

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No problemo amigo
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:24 AM   #255
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Monday update,

Busy weekend, I tackled a few issues...

Installed the new flasher relay (thanks Roger!) no more hyperflashing
Re-heatsink pasted the ignition
Installed the Happy Trails racks
Switched out the stock bag hardware to ones with integrated locks
85% got the bags mounted

I found one of the steel "button" on the carb tops was actually loose and re-sealed it with a bit of silicone.... never seen that before

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