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Author Topic: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)  (Read 3452 times)

Offline Architecterre

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1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« on: Oct 08, 2013, 13:11:50 »
Bought the bike off ebay last year for $232



Worked on it the past 2 summers, rebuilt from forks with progressive springs, new front and rear wheel bearings, new needle steering stem bearings, new swingarm bushings, new front and rear sprockets, new gaskets throughout, new front and rear spokes, etc, etc.

here's how it currently sits:


















Not enough rear clearance, gotta decide between new shocks, moving shock mount or moving up the bottom of the cowl so that the tire compresses into the rear cowl (will hold battery/electronics but should have enough room. I'm all ears to suggestions.

Left to do: Engine rebuilt (mocked up to give to the mechanic), new wiring, setting up rearset controls, setting up brakes/bleeding/etc, Painting the cowl / frame (Gloss black)

Just figured I should make a post considering all the help I've received on this forum!

Adam


Offline ILoveThumpers

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #1 on: Oct 08, 2013, 16:39:14 »
Did it run with that single carb mess on it?

-Deek
There are only two types of riders: those who have dropped their bikes and those who will. Be prepared.

1980 Suzuki GN400. Stock... for now
1975 Honda GL1000. Reassembly has begun!

Offline Architecterre

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #2 on: Oct 08, 2013, 16:46:43 »
When i originally purchased the bike, it had its stock carbs. I was later informed that the kz400 carbs were notoriously finicky and hard to sync and after doing some looking around on a kz400 forum thought this setup might be a better fit and cut down on maintenance long term. Carb is from a Honda CR125

Here's an example of a kz400 with a similar setup

« Last Edit: Oct 08, 2013, 16:48:37 by Architecterre »

Offline Jrbrownie00

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #3 on: Oct 08, 2013, 17:42:12 »
nice, check out kzrider.com  tons of guys do this single carb conversion. 

Offline beamer

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #4 on: Oct 08, 2013, 19:59:55 »
do you have any problem with your carb icing and not return to idle?

Offline Architecterre

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #5 on: Oct 08, 2013, 21:55:14 »
I have yet to try it out to be honest, I'm not all that mechanically inclined so i was mocking it up for my mechanic to finish up. Nice to see someone else trying a similar setup

Offline beamer

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #6 on: Oct 08, 2013, 22:34:36 »

my setup...vm34 carb and 11th hour manifold.
25 pilot and 150 main still need to tweet it.

Offline Architecterre

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #7 on: Oct 09, 2013, 15:19:57 »
Appreciate the heads up, saves me some time figuring out which jetting to start at

Offline ILoveThumpers

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #8 on: Oct 09, 2013, 16:03:36 »
I can appreciate the space constraints but 270 degrees of direction change for a fuel charge is... well, nuts. I'm sure it runs but you're severely limiting your performance doing it that way.

Then again this isn't a race bike. And it's not my bike so I should just STFU.

-Deek
There are only two types of riders: those who have dropped their bikes and those who will. Be prepared.

1980 Suzuki GN400. Stock... for now
1975 Honda GL1000. Reassembly has begun!

Offline Architecterre

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Re: 1976 KZ400D - First Build (Picture Heavy)
« Reply #9 on: Oct 09, 2013, 21:25:55 »
Naw, opinions always welcome. By posting on a forum I gave tacit consent to both positive and negative criticism :)