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1980 GS550E - Cafe build

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I’m new to the forum and these bikes in general. Just picked up a ‘80 GS550E with 15k for $300. Looking to turn it into a cafe bike. I can do some mechanic work and have an idea of what I want to do but with little direction. Anyone who has started a build from an old worn bike have any guidance on where to start first? Plan to make it a project that’ll take some time. Any help is appreciated thank you!
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So I ended up taking the bike completely down. Having some things painted and some powder coated. Replacing wheel, swing arm, and steering stem bearings. New clutch plates, fork seals, throttle and clutch cables, shocks, rebuilding and cleaning the carb. Valve adjustments and new tires. One thing I’m unsure of how to do on this is upgrading the big ugly instrument cluster. I wanna get just 2 analogue gauges (speedo/tach) what’s the best route for decent ones and how would they work with my current wires?
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