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    Wiring troubles

    Hello all! Glad to find a very knowledgeable group.
    I recently acquired an 83 Suzuki gs850gl that I want to turn into my first cafe racer.
    This model came with quite a few extras that I do not desire on my final build. ( fuel gauge, gear number indicator)
    Would it be wiser to take down the entire harness and rewire just the essentials or leave the existing wiring and just take away what I don't need?
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    ( fuel gauge, gear number indicator) sounds like pretty cool stuff to me, aren't you going to ride it ?:I that stuff comes in handy.
    btw I love the front fender, but the fuel tank is hideous

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmart377 View Post
    … Would it be wiser to take down the entire harness and rewire just the essentials or leave the existing wiring and just take away what I don't need?
    If you are going to race it, yes
    If you are going to learn to ride motorcycle on it no

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    Not my first bike. So will not be learning. The picture is the bike when I bought it. Have lots of plans

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    When I took off the tank the plugs look almost melted. So I'm thinking I might need to just trash the harness anyways. First project so a little overwhelmed.

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    Any plans to alter the wheels & suspension to make it more performance oriented and a little less cruiser like ?:I

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    Eventually. My first thoughts were handle bars and a new tank. It has dual front disc brakes and disc rear with shaft drive so it really is pretty performance oriented already.

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    If this is your first cafe racer build I would suggest don't touch this one it is perfectly good as it is, get barn find bike and work on it, you will learn more on a shitty bike than you will on this. Use this as your daily rider. you will be pissed if you take this bike apart and have nothing to ride in the meantime. Trust me!

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    Too late
    Thanks Harvey. I agree with you Harvey but I got lucky with this find and just had the vision as soon as I laid eyes on her
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    With wiring looms it's best to use the OEM ones if you can. If you have a problem with it trace the issue and fix it. Suzuki wiring from this era can be a bit crusty all round. Once you have a loom that's working well then you can remove the parts of it you are not going to use. Wiring up a complete bike is not really that easy to do right, if you've never done it before. It's common for the big plugs going from the regulator and alternator to corrode, create resistance and cook or melt and their wiring. GS Suzukis all need the special wiring mod to make the alternator better regulated. GS forums would have all the details on how to do it.

    That tank is not so ugly. It's mainly the angle it's mounted at. I've seen tanks just like this mounted at a different angles and they look fine.

    Gear indicators are a bit useless and hard to see in sunlight. Most bike fuel gauges of this era are a fairly pointless: they are just plain inaccurate. I see why you want to ditch them. I've done the same on other model Suzukis.

    You haven't really said what you want to do with this bike, but it's not really a bike to put clip-ons or clubman bars on. It would end up pretty strange and heavy to steer.

    GS850Ls are fast enough and very smooth, but they are not ideal to make look like a café racer.

    Why have you taken the carbs off?

    Danger, is my business.

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