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This is a discussion on 8Ball's winter project within the Project Builds forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; I was gonna say, the least you could have done was sand off the spatter before painting....

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    I was gonna say, the least you could have done was sand off the spatter before painting.
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    TheGreg -thanks for that tip. I will look into finding that.

    o1marc - if anyone is in a position to see that spatter and critique it....their head will be in the perfect position for me to roll over it with the back tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

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    Some more progress over the last couple of weeks:

    The cam covers needed a little sumptin':
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    So in keeping with the satin black theme my friend started, I scuffed and painted them:
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    I also blasted the exhaust collars and used exhaust paint on them:
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    While I was at it...remember the scar left from the original muffler bracket location?
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    I took care of that with more grinding, sanding and paint:
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    The previous owner started to do a tapered bearing conversion on the steering stem, but it needed some machining done to complete the install, and he had pressed on the lower bearing....but hadn't put the lower seal on first! I had to remove the lower bearing, get a new one and had the machining done and the front end was re-assembled:
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    As I mentioned before, I decided to get a new GS550 set of carbs from Ebay, and rebuilt them:
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    I used 85 mains (stock are 80) and #17 pilot jets (stock are 15). With the pods and the exhaust, I figured that would be a good starting point.
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    I might actually have it making some noise tomorrow!!
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    ...then, I can start really tearing it apart!


    The pods, which the previous owner supplied in the parts pile got replaced with K&N filters for reasons I documented in the following thread:
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

    My GS550 Build Thread

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    FYI I doubt you have fusion with that weld, is that flux core if so it is not the best choice for thin wall materials "too much heat needed". You want to use .024/gas wire .030/gas can work but you have to be on it not to burn through and get a good weld. But seriously you want to be getting a lot more practice before welding anything that matters, find the limits and know how to reach them and stay clear with proper technique.

    Miller site has a full resource section that you can learn a lot from also you can order a good welding training package with more information.

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    FYI I doubt you have fusion with that weld, is that flux core if so it is not the best choice for thin wall materials "too much heat needed". You want to use .024/gas wire .030/gas can work but you have to be on it not to burn through and get a good weld. But seriously you want to be getting a lot more practice before welding anything that matters, find the limits and know how to reach them and stay clear with proper technique.

    Miller site has a full resource section that you can learn a lot from also you can order a good welding training package with more information.

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...tor_iphone.php

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...ur-skills/mig/

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    Nice project, keep it coming, the more pictures the better.
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    Nice project, keep it coming, the more pictures the better.
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    Well I have some updates....

    First of all, it is running, but the intake boot o-rings were leaking:
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    I ordered some Viton seals, but got some Buna ones to install in the mean time. Wile I was at it, I changed to screws from the POS phillips, to socket head:
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    With the interim seals in, I was able to get the pilot circuit mostly dialed in...

    Next, there was a nice little ding in the tank:
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    With my little dent puller, I was able to get it to be a smaller ding:
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    I actually got it even smaller than this picture shows with a little more work.

    I don't like the housing that the gauges were in, so I decided to take off their clothes and run them exposed........but that COLOR! It's gotta go!
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    A little satin paint, and voila!
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    Finally, I need to locate the position for my rear sets. To do this, I used some 3/8" plywood to mock them up.
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    The final shape of the brackets will not be anything like that. The shape will be determined by the hole locations, and minimized as much as possible.

    I think this will be the position, but I am waiting for my rearsets to come in to make sure they will work. I am most concerned with them interfering with the kick starter, but the set that I got has folding pegs, and I think I can set up a quick release for the brake pedal linkage, so that it can easily swing out of the way if I need to use the kicker. But even that may not be necessary.....we will see.

    I am also waiting for the steel brake line that I ordered for the front brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

    My GS550 Build Thread

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    goddamn smart with the plywood.
    ask me about my ADD or pie or my cat. a dog. i have a bike. Do you like TV? i saw a rock. hi.

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    goddamn smart with the plywood.
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