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Long Term Projects This is place to post up your long term projects. Projects that took you a while to get done. Post them here. Examples like kwebbel's build up , B-12 engine swaps, swing arm swaps etc..would go here.

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Old 02-14-2017, 12:30 PM   #1
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Talking Restoring an 88 GSX1100FJ

So the owner of the local moto shop gave me a pre-employment project to complete. He had this bike in his graveyard and introduced it as a "shitbucket". Then he gave it to me

My 'job' is to get this machine running and driving and to show off my mechanical prowess and aptitude to earn a paid position in his facility. I am excited to 'own' another bike after i sold my first bike (a chinese honda clone 250) and glad to save a great machine with good provenance.

Anyways, this one has sat for many years. Front Master cylinder is siezed, I have that soaking to try and free up the piston and spring. Yesterday I pulled the tank and carbs to get the 'fuel'(if one could even call it that at this point)(it seems more like an actual shitbucket by looking inside) out and restored to an operable condition. After shaking some BBs and used gas i found a couple of seeping pinholes at the left front of the tank. Guess I will have to weld that shut before i continue the rust removal process as they leak enough to make a decent mess.

The carb rack is intact and complete.#1 and #4 had 'fuel' resting on the valves, and since there was so much water in the tank i fear the seats or the valves themselves may be compromised. Compression testing and leakdown testing will reveal any issues. We suspected the throttle cable was incorrectly installed, but in fact, all four throttles are frozen closed. the cable at the control moves freely and smoothly. If I understand correctly, these are 34mm flatside CV Mikunis. Should the 36mm carbs work as a backup upgrade if the originals prove to be junk? What about vacuum issues with the larger mixers?

She needs shoes and the shocks need rebuilt, any recommendations for modifications while I am in there?

I am looking forward to this build and riding again, though I have some trepidations at throwing my 5'7" 160lb self over the seat of a 150HP beast

heres a little Eye Candy, more pics to come as I spend more time with the bike.

1988 GSX1100FJ

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