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Old 07-19-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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I bought a Suzuki GT380

Been wanting a 2 stroke Street bike for a long time because they are so unique. Seldom see them any more.
Anyway, my wife's sister was dating a Harley kinda guy. 6'4", pony tail, big bushy beard, you know what I mean. In his storage building in Western New York he had a 1974 GT380. We were visiting about 10 years ago and he dug it out, we got it running and farted around on it.
I told him if he ever wanted to sell it that I wanted it.
He and sister in law split up and he moved to Florida about a year ago. Our of the blue he calls me and asks if I still wanted it. I said yeah and last week went out and picked it up.
I think I'm gonna keep it stock with the exception of handlebars and expansion chambers. The first pic is before I started cleaning, the second is after a little elbow grease. ..
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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Thanks. I will be replacing the seat too,lol. It's pretty toasted
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Lower bars, new grips, recover the seat and you're done.......

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Old 07-19-2014, 07:47 PM   #7
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I had one of those back in the day, was cool with thar "ram air" lol, sam color and everything, I will do like you did, if u ever decide to sell it let me know, lol
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Thought I'd throw out a little update. Just as I got it trying to start, I suddenly lost spark. Checked out fuses etc, after a couple days of going crazy I decided to clean the points.
In the process I realized the points cam was rotating freely. When I kicked it over the cam stayed still. A little research tools me the cam is driven by a nylon gear that sometimes breaks.
Pulled off the clutch side engine cover and the gear was in 3 pieces :(

While I waited for a new gear and cover gasket I decided to start cleaning. As nice as it looked at first it was unbelievable how filthy the bike was. Apparently it had an oil leak along with the general oiliness of 2 strokes. Plus the fork seals were trashed so fork oil was everywhere. On top of it all it had apparently been ridden on dirt roads so the grime was a 1/4 inch thick underneath the engine.

Fork seals have been replaced, engine has been cleaned. Threw in tapered roller bearings in the steering head, for good measure. Got new tires, New battery and replaced the horrible looking stock handlebars. The Chrome was flaking off, they had been painted silver and they looked like mini ape hangers anyway, lol.

Here's a pic of it going back together. Have a goal of riding it by tomorrow. I dunno, haven't cleaned back in the swingarm area yet so may not make it, ha.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:07 PM   #17
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Been working on swingarm area...

naystie... just naystie >:(

I'm about to say screw it, put it together and go ride,lol
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Just a suggestion. Run some Yamaha Ring Free in your fuel mix. It's a super combustion chamber cleaner for two strokes. Apparently keeping the ring un slugged allows the oil to seal it up better on the compression stroke filling the crankcase better. I learned about it when I had an outboard. It really made the outboard idle and run much better and has worked in my 400 Husky and several other four stroke bikes as well. For a bike like yours that has sat around for that long this Ring Free treatment is a must. Houston Yamaha on 1960 has it but you have to ask for it at the parts counter. Mercury makes it as well in their Quicksilver lubricant line.
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