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    New guy question

    Hey guys, new to this forum. I have recently purchased a 1977 Suzuki gs550 for my kid. We are converting it from stock to a mild cafe racer. I would like to use shorter throttle/brake/clutch cables since changing out the bars. Does anyone have any experience with this swap? Also looking for quality parts vendors for cafe items. I am sure this is just the first of many posts this winter. Thanks for any information.
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    What bars did you change to? How much shorter do you need to go? Usually you can just re-route cables to take up slack.

    What kind of items are you looking for? ("Cafe items")

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    Thanks for the quick reply Deek. They are clubman bars. The throttle cable is cracked in three spots and must be replaced. Thought if I could buy one a couple inches shorter it would be a neater look. The items I will be looking for are fuel tank, seat/rear fender eliminator, rear sets. I know ebay is a source but would like to narrow them down. Other forums I am a member of have had sponsoring vendors.
    peace Bud

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgtrough View Post
    , rear sets.
    try fast from the past. id think about tires, rear/front suspension, engine performance too. finding a replacement (alloy/glass) gas tank might be hard
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    Yeah if you have to replace it, you might as well get one the right length. Route your existing one the way you want it, let it overhang the controls and measure how far it overhangs. Subtract that from the total length and that's your new length. (Sounds too simple to explain but some people can't comprehend the method so I explain it anyway...)

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    If you're handy / competent with a soldering iron / torch you can use bicycle brake cables as throttle cables. Cut them to any length you want and solder on a wire end and it's cheap alternative.

    You can also buy screw on wire ends if you don't want to solder:

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    Hey Hillsy, I may try this with the new cables if I don't like the length.
    Hey Deek, I agree with you about Dime City's website, very confusing. Will check out speedmotopro and fast from the past though.
    Hey Dirkchecken, before it's over we will go through everything. Already have replaced the stock exhaust, jetted and synced the carbs, new rotors and pads. Front suspension is a must.
    We plan on replacing the tank and fenders with custom units. I will be happy if people have to ask what kind of bike it is.
    peace Bud

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    https://www.caferacer.net/forum/proje...r-project.html

    As far as a similar build, here is mine (79 GS550), I am not going full "cafe".....the late seventies is a little, well, late for that "look". But I do have clubmans and rear sets. I didn't need to shorten cables, and I went into some detail about fitting the rear sets. I fabbed my own brackets and brake actuator lever. I used rear set pegs from Old School Speed. Kris Richardson, the owner was very helpful. He swapped out my shifter lever for one that had the actuator pointing down, instead of up like the universal set comes with (no charge). It needs to point down, or you will need to modify the existing linkages. I also gave hime the dimensions of the brackets that I made, because he was thinking of making them, to sell as a kit. I'd drop him an e-mail. Here's his site: Old School Speed :: Custom Billet Parts For Your Vintage Cafe' or Bobber
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    MotionPro will make your cables any length you want for a reasonable price.
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