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    lurker - coming to life

    Hello all,
    been lurking and reading on and off for a couple years. Finally made the plunge and am starting my first build.
    I have been riding for long time (dirt, mx, road race, super moto) but have not owned a street bike for several years - I think I miss it.
    I have done most of my own mant over the years, including top end rebuilds on a couple of single cylinders. but no real machining experience.

    So, I picked up a mostly running '84 gpz 550 that is crazy ugly to start. I paid $300 and a case of bacon for it!

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    I used muratic acid to clean all the rust out of the tank and acetone to dissolve the TERRIBLE tank coat job someone did. I still need to do another cleaning and re-coat, but was anxious to get it running.

    After some clean up and an inline fuel filter (the stock petcock screen is shot) I got it running and took a very short ride. I still need a new front master since the stock is seized. Pretty sure I need to open up the carbs and clean them as well.

    Here is how it looks now.
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    as far as plans....
    I guess I will be going 'cafe-ish' . Clip-ons and round headlight. plan on a full engine pull and paint the frame and motor of the winter. Still undecided on the seat (but I want a passenger seat) or the center (battery, CDI, fuses) area.

    I welcome input and mocking, just hoping for some help as I run into questions.

    Thanks,
    Lee
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    Hey Lee,
    That's a nice style GPz, shame to ruin it. I'd spend my money on the things that matter...tires, suspension, brakes etc. Redo the seat and it could look like this...Name:  001.jpg
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    Bought a new GPZ550 in 1989, so if I were you would just do a bit of a restoration on it.
    IMHO it's a pretty little bike, as is. You've even got the original exhaust, which is rare (at least over here).
    Perhaps loose the after market fairing lowers though.
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    Dude, just restore it. That is a killer bike.

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    It would be a shame to carve that up.

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    Welcome to the fray!!!

    If you can get through the shit shows this place is an excellent source of info, help, and a metric shit ton of opinion!!

    Hope the build goes well and keep the pics and updates coming.

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    Paging DOHC Cupcakes to the KZ room. Sprinkles, come in.

    I agree, update what is there.
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    I certainly understand people not wanting me to 'mess' with the bike.
    I think no matter what bike you find a lot of people will feel that way.

    on the plus side, priority #1 is to clean it up, get it running and operating as new (or close)
    However, that lower fairing (which is stock) is NEVER going back on!

    Should I move this to the Build thread as I continue?

    -Thanks,
    Lee

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    If you're gonna go through with it then yes, start a build thread.

    It can often serve as a handy reference when looking back over parts of the build and you get to laugh at your own unrealistic time frames (like me)

    Also it provides info/inspiration for others looking to do the same.

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    Build thread started: https://www.caferacer.net/forum/proje...550-build.html

    Let the harassment continue....

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