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Odds n Ends / Re: Missed my chance.
« Last post by Watcher on September 25, 2022, 10:48:35 PM »
Well, there's a yellow '16 Ducati Scrambler 900 that ticks all the boxes for me on FB marketplace right now but mrs72 sez nope. So I'm going to join the "missed my chance on a yellow Ducati" club.

At least it's not so lonely anymore, lol  :technical:

In what way?  Physical size?  If you're ever in Tucson DM me, I'll let you take the 821 out

yeah. Physical size. Handlebar to seat length, seat to pegs. My gs was very cramped before I did mods on it, and I noticed tom cruise fits fine on an old monster. I'm a lot bigger than tom.

Yeah, the few projects I've seen replaced the rear shocks with something taller and did what looks like DRZ400 fork swap. 

rear shocks that fit will be harder to find than you might think. The rest of the frame seems similar to a dr350 but with twin shocks that already are like an inch or more longer than typical aftermarket shocks in place of the Dr monoshock. If it was easy to put longer and stiffer shocks, we would have already done it.

Have you tried looking in the cruiser sector for different shocks?  Granted I haven't researched it but there are dozens if not hundreds of options from one of my vendors for twin shocks for various cruisers.  Most just want eye-to-eye length, eye diameter, and desired weight.  There's gotta be something that can drop in if not install with little modification.

I wonder if a big-bore kit exists for a TUX.  I wonder also if there's a 400cc engine that would drop in.
Odds n Ends / Re: Oh, the damage that can be done with a screwdriver
« Last post by Watcher on September 25, 2022, 10:40:03 PM »
Many of us replace those float bowl screws with stainless allen-head screws when we work on the carbs. Not only are they much easier to remove, but you can actually remove the bowls with the carbs on the bike with allen-head screws on it, which can be a marvelous thing if all you need to do is swap the jet for a different size.

This.  Despite the common error of using the wrong screwdriver the screws are also made of cheesium and will often, as in your case, just strip anyway.

You can carefully cut a slot into the screw with a hacksaw or dremel cutoff wheel and use a flat head to try and get 'er out, otherwise I'd invest in a set of bolt extractors and know how to use them.

FYI the "Odds and Ends" subforum you've used is more or less the "off topic zone," you'll have better engagement if you instead post stuff like this in the General Discussion area.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: The GS500 Odometer Game.
« Last post by gruntle on September 24, 2022, 02:03:30 PM »
Mega Well Done That Man  :cheers:
Tumultuous Applause  :cheers:
General GS500 Discussion / Re: General discussion - Electrical Issues...
« Last post by SK Racing on September 24, 2022, 09:42:21 AM »
I can't give you a how-to, but what I'd do is get hold of the wiring diagram for your model and with a multimeter set to beep on continuity, check every system one by one. I'd start with the the easy ones, like the brake light for instance. Once that works, do the next circuit, etc. etc.

Good luck.

PS. Age shouldn't be a factor. I'm 10 years your senior and managed to do all the mods to the wiring myself when I built my GS500 Street Tracker.

And one last bit of advice. Don't let your mate "help" you again.  :thumb:
General GS500 Discussion / General discussion - Electrical Issues...
« Last post by FJ1200 on September 24, 2022, 03:44:28 AM »
Hey guys, I'm re-jigging my GS as a cafe racer and it's coming along fine - with the exception of I now have electrical issues...
I've power to all blinkers, though they now wont flash - they did before the project started and they did when my mate helped me couple weeks ago - albeit ass-about-face..  That being said when power is confirmed at each blinker, the headlight comes on - not the blinker light itself...???
Gets better (worse...??), it wont start - wont even click, the horn wont work, nor will the brake light - however the rear brake light worked couple weeks ago...  All these things worked before I started ...
I've buggered around with these matters for hours - I'm no mechanic but I'm determined and wont let it beat me, I'm 57 and would like to think I'm reasonably intelligent... So hit me with some ideas please fellas, I'll be most grateful.. Regards, FJ 1200, Australia...
General GS500 Discussion / Re: The GS500 Odometer Game.
« Last post by Bluesmudge on September 22, 2022, 05:06:03 PM »
I finally got all the 5's! Just missed the perfect shot...tenths place rolled over to the 6 before I could pull off the freeway for this momentous event.

I also got all the 4s a couple years ago but never posted:

General GS500 Discussion / Re: Always have to use choke
« Last post by Bluesmudge on September 22, 2022, 03:16:04 PM »
Otherwise there's a good chance it's as simple as a vacuum leak, and there are lots of places for that to happen.

Good point. Could be something as simple as the manifold intake boot o-rings.

Have any of the rubber parts related to fuel/air ever been replaced? They may be due for some love. Even a 2004 GS is now 18 years old and yours is relatively high mileage. It could be time to replace those rubber parts (intake boot o-rings, any o-rings in the carb, vacuum lines and might as well do new fuel lines). Also check the carb diaphragms for pin-holes or deformities and check the needles slides in the carb for wear.

At 67,000 miles you are at the point where a lot of things are going to start wearing out over the next few years. Even things like bearings or shocks that you had never thought about before. You need to decide if you want to commit to keeping it running like new or to let it slowly deteriorate. It can be hard to decide how much time and money to put in to a high mileage bike. I'm at ~56,000 miles on my 2006 so I know that first hand. Mine was totaled by insurance at one point so it feels weird even spending $200 on chain and sprockets on a bike that insurance says is worth $400. So I decided, this is my bike and I'm going to keep it running good until something catastrophic happens. Actively making that decisions makes it much easier to rationalize doing something like refreshing that fuel/air system.
Projects / Builds, Racing and Tech / Re: Indicators
« Last post by Bluesmudge on September 22, 2022, 03:09:17 PM »
I think he means LED turn signals. You still need to do the diode mod or the turn signals will all flash at once.

Here is the easy button for the diode modification (cheap and there is a "wiring diagram" on that page too):

You also need to replace the flasher with an electronic flasher that will work correctly with the lower load of the LED turn signals.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Another Carburetor Thread (Hanging Idle)
« Last post by mr72 on September 22, 2022, 12:31:02 PM »
go see the link in my signature to get an idea how to set the pilot mixture.

to adjust "the mixture", meaning like if it "runs lean" at anything except idle and low revs and 1/8 throttle, you have to "adjust" that by replacing jets.

I mean, how do you know it's running lean?

General GS500 Discussion / Re: Always have to use choke
« Last post by mr72 on September 22, 2022, 12:28:48 PM »
1. using the choke to start is normal. That's how it's supposed to work
2. if you've been riding it a long time, certainly it hasn't always had trouble accelerating, right? Because if something has changed, you need to chase down what caused that change. Like, did you spray carb cleaner into the carbs? If so that can screw up the diaphragms and make it do this. Or did you try to do some other service on the carbs? Like try to adjust the pilot mixture so it would start easier when cold without choke? Because that can cause it too. Otherwise there's a good chance it's as simple as a vacuum leak, and there are lots of places for that to happen.
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