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  • Trying to find/buy left bar switch for my '83 750

    Hey gang,

    The '83 Katana I bought is missing the left bar switch.

    Anyone have one for sale? If not, even a picture of the correct unit would be helpful.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    You get a good look at the left switch in this video at around 0.40.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llWj4pOvQoc
    GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Suzuki_dog View Post
      You get a good look at the left switch in this video at around 0.40.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llWj4pOvQoc
      Thanks!

      Is that your bike? Nicely done!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by versicat View Post
        Thanks!

        Is that your bike? Nicely done!
        That's not mine in the video.
        GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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        • #5
          One on ebay now....

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-OEM-Suzu...5YoKye&vxp=mtr
          79 Honda Red CBX, 79 Honda Silver CBX, 82 Suzuki 1000 Katana, 76 Kawasaki KZ900, 84 VF1000F, 07 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol, 95 CB1000 Big One, 1987 Hondaxl600R, 1978 Honda XL250S, 2006 Yamaha TW200

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sixdog View Post
            Thanks for the heads up.

            A question about this one that's for sale; it's got a choke lever. My bike's got a choke dial on the side cover. Is this just how they were built (two ways to choke), or does the lever remove for the Katana, or is this the wrong bar switch?

            Also, should I expect to pay this much? Seems pricey.

            Thanks in advance

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            • #7
              Originally posted by versicat View Post
              Thanks for the heads up.

              A question about this one that's for sale; it's got a choke lever. My bike's got a choke dial on the side cover. Is this just how they were built (two ways to choke), or does the lever remove for the Katana, or is this the wrong bar switch?

              Also, should I expect to pay this much? Seems pricey.

              Thanks in advance
              You're correct, you need one without the choke lever. That one would work, just do not connect the choke cable to it. I did a quick search, but didn't find anything. Look for a 1982 GS1000SZ or 1983 GS1100S, I think they are the same. They are hard to find in decent condition, that may be the going price.
              GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Suzuki_dog View Post
                You're correct, you need one without the choke lever. That one would work, just do not connect the choke cable to it. I did a quick search, but didn't find anything. Look for a 1982 GS1000SZ or 1983 GS1100S, I think they are the same. They are hard to find in decent condition, that may be the going price.
                thanks.

                Yeah, I'm in no super rush, so I'll keep looking for the correct one. Makes sense on the cost due to rarity, and I'll need to keep that in mind given the condition of the bike and my plans for it...

                The guy who hacked up this bike was using a boat starter switch mounted via a hole drilled at the bottom of the right side cover. This bike will never be restored to stock, so I may just continue to use some type of hidden starter switch, but I'd rather have the bar switch. It'll never have turn signals either, so I may look for a clean looking aftermarket starter switch (but they all seem kind of cheap looking).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by versicat View Post
                  thanks.

                  Yeah, I'm in no super rush, so I'll keep looking for the correct one. Makes sense on the cost due to rarity, and I'll need to keep that in mind given the condition of the bike and my plans for it...

                  The guy who hacked up this bike was using a boat starter switch mounted via a hole drilled at the bottom of the right side cover. This bike will never be restored to stock, so I may just continue to use some type of hidden starter switch, but I'd rather have the bar switch. It'll never have turn signals either, so I may look for a clean looking aftermarket starter switch (but they all seem kind of cheap looking).
                  Hmmm, just looked at Babbitts:

                  http://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oemp...-handle-switch

                  Seems like it is still available (a replacement style, anyway).

                  Found it on Ebay. The replacement part has the choke lever.

                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/37400-45373-...item3f6f384e9d
                  Last edited by Suzuki_dog; 03-23-2017, 10:23 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
                  GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Suzuki_dog View Post
                    Hmmm, just looked at Babbitts:

                    http://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oemp...-handle-switch

                    Seems like it is still available (a replacement style, anyway).

                    Found it on Ebay. The replacement part has the choke lever.

                    http://www.ebay.com/itm/37400-45373-...item3f6f384e9d
                    Cool. Thanks again. Good to know there are multiple options. I'll save a couple of searches on eBay per your suggestions above, and see what comes along as the weeks/months go by...

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                    • #11
                      I saw this, this morning: Scroll down for the left hand switch.

                      http://www.parts.suzuki-katana.com/sales.html
                      GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Suzuki_dog View Post
                        I saw this, this morning: Scroll down for the left hand switch.

                        http://www.parts.suzuki-katana.com/sales.html
                        Thanks Suzuki_Dog! I've emailed the seller. Very helpful.

                        Wow, would love that turbo set-up...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by versicat View Post
                          Thanks Suzuki_Dog! I've emailed the seller. Very helpful.

                          Wow, would love that turbo set-up...
                          We can dream....
                          GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Suzuki_dog View Post
                            I saw this, this morning: Scroll down for the left hand switch.

                            http://www.parts.suzuki-katana.com/sales.html
                            I bought that bar switch, and I'm going to purchase the right bar switch too if he still has it. Good find. Thanks again.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by versicat View Post
                              I bought that bar switch, and I'm going to purchase the right bar switch too if he still has it. Good find. Thanks again.
                              Cool, glad it worked out. Don't forget to post pics of the bike as you get things done.
                              GS1000SZ, GS1100EZ, GS1000ST (Wes Cooley)

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