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Old 04-13-2018, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default 1988 vs 1993 gsx600f

Hi guys, recently aquired a 1988 600 in beautiful condition. 10k miles and ZERO rust.

My plan was to swap over some parts from my 1993 600 streetfighter. This bike was downed in my first season and rebuilt by yours truly.

As you can probably guess, not everything went so smooth.

I found out the carbs are of a different size, air filters too. throttle cable length, the choke mech.

i was just wondering if anyone had any hot tips or storys from their struggles.

i love the bikes and need to get the nicer of the two running cause up here in New England spring has sprung. Will definitely go take some pics and get em up tonight.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:03 PM   #2
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1988 is locknut valve adjustment, 1993 is shim over bucket.
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:44 PM   #3
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88 is kind of a bastard child. 89-97 are more or less all the same. 88 was a solo year.

What's wrong with the 88 that needs fixing?
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:02 PM   #4
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Use the 93 carb setup, 88 carbs are crap. Most everything will swap over. The wheels can be also. The 88 wheels are narrower, but better looking IMAO.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:08 AM   #5
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If it was me....

I would strip down the 88 removing all plastics...

Swap the carbs, airbox, swingarm (and all parts), bars, front master, probably the forks as well.

Acquire 98-02 front wheel, 98-06 rear wheel.

While stripped, clean... every electrical connection, test every one, address any issues with voltage drop now.

Be a good idea to upgrade the suspension while your into it this far.

Put the bike back together, and grats... you will have a more updated (tire options for example) and better working bike over all.

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Old 04-18-2018, 01:35 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by shpielers View Post
88 is kind of a bastard child. 89-97 are more or less all the same. 88 was a solo year.

What's wrong with the 88 that needs fixing?
got a 88 bastard, the only problem is the infamous bst31ss carbs, because the diaphgram are really expensive (200$ each).

the engine is a little bit powerful of the following edition and in my humble opinion more "reactive".

the real deal is to find one and swap the 89-93 carbs. i prefer also the very simple graphics, not so 90's...
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