Man, I wish you still had the pictures posted! Trying to get some inspiration for my rebuild project but not finding a whole lot on GT550s on here.Here's another one of my Suzuki's, a 1975 GT550 Indy.
The sissy bar has since been removed
A nightmare but I got it. It runs awesome for now. And I did re jet the carbs. I was actually surprised at how good it runs. It fired right up once I got it put all together. That's kinda a big deal lol that just doesn't happen ever lolJetting for those pods are bad enough, I hope they are quality pods, or you may never get it running quite right. What stage jet kit are you running? Refitting the R/R with a Series R/R will eliminate all of the inherent electrical problems the GS series has. Replacing the harness was a bonus. I have been running a Compufire Series R/R for close to 11 years now on my '78 GS1000E with no problems whatsoever. It also made it possible to run a 25W Cree Led headlight without frying my stator as it would with any of the shunt type R/R's that get confused if they don't see the expected load they are designed for and go into overtime overcharging. The SH-775 is a lot cheaper and does a fine job but is a lot larger. The Compufire fits nicely under the electrical side cover.
Sorry but No, it can't be done well, it is not the same problem with VM carbs, VM is not a Constant Velocity vacuum operated carburetor. You have one slide in your VM carburetor that directly opens the throttle, a CV carburetor has a butterfly valve that you manually open plus a round slide that is lifted by the engines intake vacuum. All those people are doing is making a ton more intake noise and consuming more fuel then needed, put those engines on a dyno and you will see the performance issues.It can be done. I am more familiar with the VM carburetors on my bike. Lots of people over on gsresources have done it with CV carburetors. I am running a stage 3 jet kit with K&N pods and Delkevic 4-1 exhaust.