Not sure why the influx of KZ440 LTD's being built is rising but I like it!Glad to see another one of these odd ball bikes being turned into something.....cool?I hear ya on the frame. I made myself a similar seat pan but kept the contour of the frame. The electronics tray was tricky due to the weird angles. Not sure why they designed it that why If you haven't take a look at my build sometime. If you have any questions let me know. IMG_20140622_143053 by MBCo, on FlickrIMG_20140622_143301 by MBCo, on Flickr
You can make a café seat for 440 ltd here is a pic of mine.
You do know that your rear shocks are shorter than OEM, right? It should be 13" eye-to-eye; and depending on your weight you might want heavy-duty springs (heavier than OEM) anyhow. Yes, you will have a monumental challenge constructing a cafe racer look without modifying the "dippy" frame as the tail/shock mount area will always be higher than desired for a "flat" look. But depending on your inseam measurement, you could get away with the "cling-to-the-frame-rails" pan/padding. Wouldn't work for me (33" inseam) and I like a more upright seating position than cafe anyway.Also - if you are bound and determined to use those pod filters you will be frustrated enough to set it on fire. If the OEM air box is NLA, you could try extending the pods from the carbs with short lengths of PVC pipe (like 1 1/2" or whatever allows clean air to hit the entire carb inlet w/o obstruction); this may straighten out the air flow enough for the CV carbs.And for all things KZ Twin - http://kz400.createforumhosting.com/
I am going to assume as politely as possible that you didn't actually read the post above but more or less looked at pics and assumed I didnt know a majority of the things you mentioned have already been previously stated. The link though. Spot on. Thanks for that Keith
Sorry - did see the comment about the front forks being lowered but missed the observation of the rear shocks also lowered (and didn't see any mention/action of updating the shocks). I also saw that you were planning a different, flatter seat pan but all subsequent pics showed the "cling-to-the-frame" seat pan (I'm still a big advocate of seat height = pants inseam measurement). And I still think using the pods you pictured will be very problematic.Still subscribed and looking forward to updates.