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Post  Blixa on Fri 28 May - 10:07

Just putting some pictures of my project

How it started:



Taking out the front:



The refrigerator for keeping my beer cold ;-)



the exhaust I'm going to put on



The discs:



The callipers:



Tried on the exhaust:



Grinded of the tail:



Put on the footrests to see how it looks:



Still lots of work to be done Twisted Evil

Luckily my father likes to help with the welding because that's not my cup of tea

Next on the list is to have new yokes made otherwise the brake callipers won't fit and I want a flat top yoke (goes better with the clip ons I'm going to put on).
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  andreas on Fri 28 May - 10:22

Hi Blixa - nice refrigerator - coool size! - , and btw the supertrapp looks perfect for your project.

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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  650zed on Fri 28 May - 11:44

Very promising project.
Keep us updated!

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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  kornfed on Fri 28 May - 17:54

yep. this looks very promising.
keep up the good work
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Post  Toecutter on Fri 28 May - 23:24

This makes me curious, keep us uptaded !

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Post  kinematica on Sat 5 Jun - 23:20

I have a feeling this is going to turn out well and am looking forward to seeing this project unfold.
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Post  Gss on Sun 6 Jun - 16:52

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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Blixa on Mon 7 Jun - 1:50

Well I'm still waiting to hear from the guy that's making the yokes but he said it could take a while.

No problem though, still lots of other things to do.
Yesterday I took out the engine to clean up the frame from all the bits and pieces that I don't need ;-)



And the engine need a good cleaning too



Anybody has a good idea on how to do this? I don't want it to be polished but just a cleanish look will do Very Happy
I've seen something about Soda Blasting. Maybe I'll try that. Anyone with experience on that?
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  andreas on Mon 7 Jun - 8:37

Hi Blixa, another way is " dryiceblasting" - look at the web to find someone. They use it for oldtimer rebuild, and also to clean the equipment in the food industry. It`s not so cheap, but perfect - and don`t think it`s wet - it`s not !!! The motor is seconds later dry and no water arround! Dryice is frozen "stickoxid" .The big thing - you must transport the motor!

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Post  Toecutter on Tue 8 Jun - 19:59

andreas wrote:Hi Blixa, another way is " dryiceblasting" - look at the web to find someone. They use it for oldtimer rebuild, and also to clean the equipment in the food industry. It`s not so cheap, but perfect - and don`t think it`s wet - it`s not !!! The motor is seconds later dry and no water arround! Dryice is frozen "stickoxid" .The big thing - you must transport the motor!

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intersting , wont the paint come off ?? Probably will , and then i think its hard to spray the items you want to spray and leave the ones you dont.

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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Blixa on Wed 30 Jun - 19:02

Didn't have much time so I just did some small things.

Took the front suspension apart to fit some new inner forks.
Never thought oil could smell so bad!!



And I got some Clip ons



The new inner forks are ordered and the new yoke is almost ready.
Let's hope it will all fit
Hope it doesn't take too long so I can get the Brembo Callipers to fit.
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Blixa on Wed 30 Jun - 20:37

Also been looking around for the "Dry Ice blasting" and the prices are not cheap.
Anyone got some addresses where they do also small pieces. The ones I called only did complete cars or just for industrial use.
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Rafe56 on Thu 1 Jul - 8:52

Soda blasting will get you a nice result but it is mess if you don't have a closed area to do it in.
I cleaned my old engine (black Z1000 mk2) with first a degreaser, let that work a while and use a pressure cleaner.
Keep a safe distance (50 tot 75 cm) and don't forget to plug up the intakes and exhaust ports. (and anything else that takes in water). I will do the same with my Z900 alu coloured engine.
Then as a second I used some washing gasoline for small leftover grease and dirtspots.
In my case the black paint did not come off during the treatment but I cannot give you any guarantees.
A friend of mine glaspearlblast his honda engine and the result was great but there was one drawback. If you spilled gasoline accidently on the block it would leave a spot on the engine because the metal soaked it up like a sponge.
Another friend a mine simply sanded off the black paint of his kawa and painted the whole thing grey without taking the engine out of the frame and it looks great. Took him a week tough.
Hopes this helps somehow.
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Blixa on Thu 1 Jul - 9:38

Thanks for the tips!!
I will try the degreaser and pressure cleaner this weekend.
Hope to put some pictures of a clean engine soon!!
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Re: GS550 Project Blixa

Post  Rafe56 on Thu 1 Jul - 11:12

Good luck,
Try a spot first but in my case it worked perfectly.
don't forget the close all the open spots on the engine (that is real important) and even avoid those spots under direct force from the cleaner.
I used S100 total cleaner from Hein Gericke that I had still on a shelf somewere and after that hand rubbed dirtspots with cleaning gasoline. Other products will be OK aswell.
That should do the trick.
have fun
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