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'79 suzuki gs550L Reborn

I'm trying to bring it back to life. Its been sitting in a garage since '84. The tires appear good no cracks and they hold air. Any instructions or advice before I try to turn it over?? I need a new battery. Plan on new plugs, oil change. Its a kick start YEA ME!!! don't find it out until brought home. Is there a way to make it a reliable kick start?


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tires from 84 or older? chuck em, dont even try , they are hard as rocks, its an L model so in IMHO its only good for a donor motor to fix up an E model, no matter what you put into it it is worth less than a grand , i didnt like those back in the day due to styling/geometry, not a good bike to cafe
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Dan don't trust the tires.

I'd guess it wouldn't hurt to pull the replace the spark plugs. While replacing them dribble a little oil in to coat the piston from the top. Also put it in gear and try to rotate the rear tire. This will tell you if it is seized. Check all hoses for dry rot, especially the brake lines. This is just a short list of things before trying to start it.

Hopefully others will chime in with more experienced suggestions.

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Dan don't trust the tires.

I'd guess it wouldn't hurt to pull the replace the spark plugs. While replacing them dribble a little oil in to coat the piston from the top. Also put it in gear and try to rotate the rear tire. This will tell you if it is seized. Check all hoses for dry rot, especially the brake lines. This is just a short list of things before trying to start it.

Hopefully others will chime in with more experienced suggestions.

Goodluck.
We have a disclaimer going and need to know if he has a wrench and if he knows how to turn it prior to the 10 thousand suggestions...

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We have a disclaimer going and need to know if he has a wrench and if he knows how to turn it prior to the 10 thousand suggestions...
Dan's my cousin, while I'm not sure how much wrenching time he has, I do believe he owns enough tools to pose a potential danger.

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there is probably a steakknife and a rusty 9/16 - 5/8 open end in there



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dont worry about hoses , its air cooled, if you ever get it running make sure the brakes work before pulling first wheelie, put avery little bit of oil on each piston and kick over a few times without plugs in to lube up the rings, its a 79, shouldnt it have both elect and kick start? look for the button on the right thumb
i busts balls, but my first real street bike was a 1980 gs550E that i cafe'd , wore out, bought a motor from an L model and swapped it in, and wore it out too, i can promise you one thing, it is slow and will not keep up with a same year KZ550, much less anything newer or bigger , the 750 and 1000/1100 E model zukes from those years are much better bikes, i owned several back in the 80's and they were good bikes for their day
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oh wait, hold the show, you state its been sitting since 84? look inside the gas tank, if its rusty thats a whole nother problem you will have to deal with
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If a bike has sat for years I would drain the oil BEFORE starting.

The Whole thing about Resurrecting an old bike.

Assume as little as possible is wrong with the bike (spend as little as possible)Get it on the road and decide if any thing major is wrong.

Then go back and fix the things your worried about.Just my 2 cents

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Oh ya .Every piece of rubber is bad.Fork seals, fuel hose,fuel petcock,tires and shock grommets.

They may be fine for test ride. Within 500 miles they will all fail................

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Over time the gas leaks out of the tank down into the motor. Drain entire crankcaseof oil, install new fuel filter and put fresh gas in tank.

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Thanks for the advice and the sarcasm!! I have turned a wrench or two
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