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Figured I may as well share my journey with the GSXR.com community...

I recently bought a '95 GSXR 750 on the North side of Chi Town. As I new I was over paying a bit (at $1900) it was the bike I wanted.
Little did I know JUST how much I over paid for this gem... From my first impression I could tell the bike was wrecked at some point. Looked to be rebuilt right and tight enough though. Once I got it home and started to dig in to this thing, I find it difficult to know where to start on the crazy shit I found with this bike... I guess I should start with the tires. I knew they needed to be replaced before buying. The rear was a 2009, and the front didn't even have a date code. After some quick research I learned that they started to use the date codes in 2000. That would make the from tire a minimum of 19 years old :0 ... Being that it was a Battleaxe, and the bike came factory with Battleaxes on it in '95, I have to assume it was the original tire... When I test rode it, it was like skating on ice with roller blades on... Next I found the brakes were worn almost to grinding. There is a switch wired to the fan motor (not a big deal, but I don't like it). Also, the bike is lowered about as low as you can possibly get it, which I do like, BUT, still has the stock kick stand on it. So the bike would stand straight up on the stand. Scared me to walk away from it. Went on a stand as soon as it hit my garage...

So, after new tires, and new pads (still could use a new rear rotor), shorter kick stand, I finally get to really ride her. About 100 miles behind me I get to a good open stretch of road I decide to see what she's got. Let me tell ya... She's got a clutch that slips because the springs are plain worn out... Who knows how long it's been slipping like that. So, friction plates, springs, and gasket on order right now. Should be here for the weekend to tear into it...

Baffles me that a previous owner never killed themselves on this thing... Maybe being in the city they never got it anywhere they could open up the throttle at all?

So, pictures, and more updates to come. I have attached the picture of it, the day I got it...
 

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Nice write up. The one pic it looks good! Glossy black?

Chrome frame? Or is that buffed Alloy?
 

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Nice write up. The one pic it looks good! Glossy black?

Chrome frame? Or is that buffed Alloy?
It is a nice glossy black with very minor imperfections. The frame appears to me to be polished aluminum, but could be chromed... Cosmetically, it's pretty clean. As I said it was wrecked at some point, but seems to have been painted professionally.

One more thing I forgot to mention in the initial write up. They put a 44t sprocket on the rear, but instead of getting a new, longer chain on it, they just added 5 links with a clip-on master... So it had 2 clip-on master links within 5 inches of each other... Are you impressed yet? LOL
 

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It is a nice glossy black with very minor imperfections. The frame appears to me to be polished aluminum, but could be chromed... Cosmetically, it's pretty clean. As I said it was wrecked at some point, but seems to have been painted professionally.

One more thing I forgot to mention in the initial write up. They put a 44t sprocket on the rear, but instead of getting a new, longer chain on it, they just added 5 links with a clip-on master... So it had 2 clip-on master links within 5 inches of each other... Are you impressed yet? LOL
Yea, I would have to get the chain issue sorted out. :grin
 
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LOL, Was the second thing on the list of things to get done.

So far I have replaced the tires (Continentals), sprocket, chain, plugs, oil, filters, levers, kickstand, LED tail and brake, and waiting for friction plates, springs, and LED headlight bulbs. Should be (for the most part) right and tight by Saturday evening...

Still want to sort out the fan to work as it should, without the toggle switch... And raise the front end an inch...

I'll get some pictures up this weekend...
 
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LOL, Was the second thing on the list of things to get done.

So far I have replaced the tires (Continentals), sprocket, chain, plugs, oil, filters, levers, kickstand, LED tail and brake, and waiting for friction plates, springs, and LED headlight bulbs. Should be (for the most part) right and tight by Saturday evening...

Still want to sort out the fan to work as it should, without the toggle switch... And raise the front end an inch...

I'll get some pictures up this weekend...
Fan issue, is most likely the temp switch. Download the service manual, it will help you figure it out.

This is the 93-98 1100 manual, but temp issue should be very close the same.
1993-1998 Suzuki GSX-R1100 Service Manual, Moto Data Project
 

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I have the Suzuki manual already. I am figuring it to be the temp switch for the fan. Pretty sure it needs a t-stat as well. Doesn't really get up to "operating" temp unless it's just sitting and idling. While riding it's barely registering. Need to make sure the gauge is at all accurate. Would like to replace it with a real numbered gauge. Ironing the bugs out one by one. Clutch is the next thing on the list. While I have it apart I will test and assess the rest.
 

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Ok, so I forgot to take any pictures of the clutch replacement process. Had a limited window of time to get it done. I can tell you though, that the friction plates were pretty dark, and the steels are pretty burnt up. Lot of heat went on in there. I didn't order new steels, only friction plates. Is there any reason I shouldn't have used the old "heat treated" steels? They weren't warped, and slid in and out fairly smooth. Clutch grabs right and tight now...

Still needs a proper cleaning, but here is a better picture...
 

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Good looking bike, glad it's on the mend. For future reference, flatness of steel plates can be checked by laying them on a surface plate and tapping them with your finger. If warped you can feel the rock back and forth. Don't have a surface plate? Me neither, I use an old piece of thick glass. Works fine. You can also tape a piece of sand paper on the glass, and clean the black off of the plates. The bottom line here is that the clutch works fine. I don't think you'll have any problems, because function is the final test. Good to always replace the friction plates. Some people try to sand them, measure them, and reassemble the clutch. The problem is that heat will change the composition of the friction material, making it useless. Think of a piece of plastic left out in the sun that becomes brittle. Excessive heat can ruin some compounds. I have done the sand, measure, reassemble, only to have to do the job over. Lesson learned.
 

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I laid them on a piece of glass. No warpage on any of the steels. I was just worried about the Heating they got. Some of them were pretty dark, and a few just had a few hot spots... Clutch engages smooth, no chattering, and feels like it grabs tight. I replaced the springs as well...

Piece by piece, she keeps getting better. And now that the clutch is grabbing, she is FAST and STRONG...
 

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Figured I would pop in for an update...

Clutch is working good. I'm running a touch rich on idle-cruise, will address that tonight. Also going to give her the thorough detailed cleaning she desperately needs. Will be able to get some good pictures of it tomorrow on my road trip up to Michigan. Been coming together bit by bit...

Hope everybody has a great weekend, and stay safe ! ! !
 
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Ok, next hurdle. Having some major electrical issues. Started with weak spark. Decided to start with cleaning all plugs and connectors. After doing that, I have no starter button. Nothing. Traced it down to the ignition relay. The trigger wire to the relay (from the igniter box) gets a "blip" of power when I turn on the key. If I jump power to the trigger wire, I can hit the button and crank the engine. Also, while this is going on, I don't have power to the coils either... Does anybody have a good guess where I am losing power? I have exhausted the service manual and have been chasing wires all day. Going back out to keep chasing. If you have any suggestions, please throw them out here...
 

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Never fails... Walk away, breath, think, and post about it (LOL). Go back out there and the problem jumps out atcha... I bought some new plugs to replace some of the crusty old OE plugs in the harness... While waiting for my next move, decided to keep moving forward with replacing plugs. Replaced the ignition switch harness plug, and problem gone... Well, THAT problem anyway. I'm sure I still have more, lol...
 

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Well, She's up and running again. FINALLY. Carbs still need a little fine tuning, but she runs strong, and hard. A little rich on the pilot circuit, I think I may need to lower my floats a touch. Gonna ride it a while, and take some plug readings before taking it apart AGAIN, lol...
 

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Well... Forgot I created this thread.
I have done a lot to this bike since the last post. I finally gave up trying to tune my carbs with worn parts, and bought new emulsion tubes (needle jets) and needles. Running 117.5 jets in all 4, and she's finally running GREAT.
Replaced both temp sensors, but haven't rewired the fan circuit just yet. Still running off the switch. Still wanting to find a real temp gauge that will fit in the dash like factory, as I don't think this one is reading accurately.
Installed a pair of Accel Super coils and wires. Wired in a relay, so the coils get direct battery voltage at all times.(only with key on of course)
Also had to replace the fuel tank, ad the one that was on it, leaked from the front mount weld. Got the tank off Fleabay for a decent price. It only has 13 different coats of paint on it, and 3 spots of bondo, LOL. Was going to paint it the gloss black, but after discovering how much needs to be stripped off of it, and how much time it's going to take to properly prep it out, decided to just shoot a quick rattle can at it, and "sticker bomb" it until I am ready to paint the whole bike. I have everything I need to get that done, except time and space. Should be able to get that done in the spring.
Let's see.... I'm sure I am forgetting a dozen things I have had to do to her in the last 2 years...

Just wanted to revive this thread, as a lot of work is going to be happening over the next couple months, and I do want to document it all as best I can. We'll see how that goes...
 

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No, it's OK, we don't need pics. Really, it is fine....
 

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Ya know? There has to be a therapist out there somewhere that specializes in BIKE PORN ADDICTION....

I'll be back later. I'll go out and have a mini photo shoot with her. I haven't taken too many pictures lately.
 
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I suppose I should have maybe tried to clean her up a bit...

Sticker tank, lol...
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Just a few more to satisfy Tin's addiction, LOL.

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