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Repair costs and diagnosis? 83' GS550L

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:13 am
by sonicgroove
Hey guys,

I just picked up my 83 Suzuki GS550L and had pretty much a fuel tank b4 leaving. Traveled about 40 miles and came nearly to empty at the end of the trip. There still is some gas left, but it seems to be bonging more fuel than it should be? Also, possibly related, it feels a bit sluggish in the beginning then suddenly picks up (around 2k rpm then picks up at 3k)? I'm new to the bike world but it sounds possibly like I'm running really rich? Poor combustions? Any ideas? Furthermore, the speedo along with the kill switch no longer work. What are estimated costs of repairs? Thank you for all your help


Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:30 am
by Sev

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:37 pm
by sonicgroove
Thanks because that helps alot...


Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:12 pm
by Sev
Well, considering you've got an electrical fault which can take several hours to nail down, and a set of carbs in obvious need of a rebuild (no idea the extent of the damage) you're looking at either an hours work, or 10+ depending on the problems.

With a bike that age you're also looking at the potential rebuild of much of the engine - new rings, pistons, overbore, all kinds of new gaskets, replace the crank bearings, redo the valve seats and a massive amount of other potential work.

Then we get into the issue where I (and most likely everyone else) has no idea what the shops near you charge per hour, how good the techs are, what parts availability (and cost) is going to be like.

No one here can give you an accurate idea of what it's going to cost to get your bike running well again without actually looking at it. We can offer suggestions as to what may be wrong, we can walk you through some of the simpler stuff. But we can't diagnose and advise on the cost of a fix without having the bike to look at. And even then, it might involve taking apart the engine to find out what's truely wrong.