20 Most Recent 1982 Suzuki Gs 550 L - Page 3 Questions & Answers

With the age of your machine , you should drain the tank and remove the petcock. If you can take it apart rebuild it. If you have no reserve , either the reserve tube is broken off or the petcock is plugged. It is possible the four hole washer the seals the the lever and diverts the fuel is damaged , worn , or broken. Depending on the over all condition of the petcock replacement of the entire unit may be the best option. At any rate an new fuel petcock would definitely fix this issue. Rebuilding your old petcock is only an option if all the parts you need for it are available.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Nov 10, 2010

Your going to need to remove the carburetors and clean them.The jets in the carbs are pluged up with dried fuel.Hope this helps you out.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Sep 30, 2010

look at round cover between front pipes oil filter remove 3 bolts the rest is self explaining. oildrain bolt under motor, oil fill by you right knee .use only motorcycle oil,modern synthetics will make ur old cluth slip.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Aug 07, 2010

check your coils,your points,your voltage regulator,and stator.
maybe check your fuses first though,if blown change it if it happens again then check all that other stuff.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Aug 07, 2010

I to have just acquired a 1982 GS550L. I live in Smithville and Clares in Fonthill are a Suzuki dealer . Ive already bought and ordered parts from them . They have been very helpfull so far. As far as the service manual goes I ordered mine from Indigo for around $35.00 with shipping.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Aug 05, 2010

sounds like a broken wire in harness around head stock .first check for any dodgy connections failing this turn h/bars left to right note position of wiring harness bend when turning remove insulation tape about10cm before bend to 10cm after bend test each wire individually by holding firm one end(in removed tape area) and pulling on other end ,pull fairly hard and hold pressure if wire is broken the wires insulating cover (colour) will become thinner at broken point find broken wire cut at break add a plus minus 2cm piece of wire (same diameter) solder insulate and tape up wiring harness

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Jul 20, 2010


Unfortunately not as the GSX 550 has a higher output then the GS 550. Plus the rectifer/regulator wiring is different also.

If you did try it you'll find that the stator is a little bigger and has different mountings.

Hope this helped



1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Jul 16, 2010

Try this link, for download or for sale. Suzuki dealers can order them but they are often expensive if they say it may take six weeks. They have been known to source their own manuals from OEM partslist sellers who have remaining copies.


The following 2 links provide threads to these OEM sellers and have normal on-line shops. Cheers.



1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on May 13, 2010

Wave washer on the face of the clutch basket may have lost its tension, clutch friction plates may be wearing thin as she's an old girl. Some automotive (car) oils not specifically designed for wet clutches when used in a bike will cause the clutch to slip as they are designed to leave a deposit on friction areas. This will require a thorough flush and a few oil changes in quick succession.
Check the return function of the clutch release arm on the crankcase, they can bunch up the rubber shroud and not return fully. Good luck and Cheers.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on May 08, 2010

check your battery for age, check the voltage comming out. could be faulty battery or regulator/rectifier.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on May 07, 2010

Adjust/clean the float bowl in the carb. Carefull not to bend the float tab when cleaning. Draining the float bowl wont solve the problem, but it might get you started up. If it is not in use for long period of times, add fuel stablizer, turn of the fuel valve, and run the bike untill it stalls out.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on May 01, 2010

It is OK Jorge, you wrote pretty clear. Have you check your local motorcycle wrecker/dismantler for those parts. Try eBay in your language or Google it in the internet.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Mar 24, 2010

Can you tell me in English. (en Anglaise)

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Mar 23, 2010

need to rebuild tranny

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Mar 20, 2010

I have seen the rubber boots for the carbs crack on these and leak. Also check the rubber plugs for the synchronization ports. I spray wd-40 around and listen for speed changes. also spray around the carb butterfly shaft. Is you choke stuck on? does it slow down after its hot?
try to idle it down. Maybe your air screws need adjusting.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Mar 08, 2010

For each carb, turn the air screw and the throttle screw inward until they LIGHTLY seat. Now open each of them one and one half turns. This is the factory setting. If the adjusting screws are seated too tight, the jet will leave a ring indention on the adjuster screw. The ring is not a good thing and will affect performance. Please rate my answer.


1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Feb 23, 2010

The neutral safety switch is out of adjustment. Most bike won't start unless it is in Neutral or the clutch lever pulled in. Get a new battery and charge it up full. The intake boots need to be replaced or it will run lean. That is why you need to chock it to get it to run.

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Oct 18, 2009


great web site for these bikes

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Oct 11, 2009

well this sounds like several things so here goes ,could be that the carbs are out of sinc ,or the timing or the valves , my best guess is that the timing and the carbs, my best advise is to get a manuel from the your local bike shop that is if you are able to work on this your self ,if you dont have exsperiance with bikes i would take it to a pro , as a biker your bike should never be done half assed your life depends on it being right .

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Sep 16, 2009

points and condenser if not that then coil

1982 Suzuki Gs... | Answered on Jul 15, 2009

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