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Author Topic: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"  (Read 32756 times)

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #60 on: Jan 27, 2010, 23:58:56 »
More progress made tonight at our weekly bike night. We got the gas tank bum stop welded to the seat frame and the seat pan cut out to fit around the rear inner fender. I still need to cut out some more sheet metal for the back rest but I have the cardboard template cut out so I can get some more work done at home. I sold my stock seat on Ebay today and bought the new tail light with the proceeds. Should be here soon I hope. In the meantime I printed out and foam core mounted a color pic of the new tail light at work and did a quick mock up in 2 of the pics. I must say it looks pretty realistic in the pics. ;D






I may have to post a build thread over in the seat forum when this is all said and done. It's turning out exactly how I pictured it in my head which is freaky as hell. ;)


Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #61 on: Jan 28, 2010, 22:45:15 »
I brought the seat home with me last night so I could work on it here and amazingly enough I got some time to work on it. (doesn't hurt that the wife is out of town  ;)) I stopped by the neighborhood Harbor Freight (way too close to home for my wallet) and picked up a pop rivet gun and 100 assorted rivets on sale for $3.99 and got to work on getting the back rest done. I cut it out of the same sheet metal I used for the pan. Some small L-brackets riveted to the inside of the gas tank end to attach the back rest.






Offline VonYinzer

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #62 on: Jan 29, 2010, 08:22:27 »
Looks good man!
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I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #63 on: Feb 04, 2010, 00:40:24 »
My new tail light arrived in the mail today just in time for our weekly bike night.  ;D  After searching through the misc L-brackets & such laying around I found what I needed and made up a mounting bracket. I'm loving it so far especially when it's lit up. Here's some quick pics.





I still need to get some split loom or heat shrink to protect the wiring for the signals and tail ight and probably coat the underside of the bump with some truck bed liner spray.

I also got the mounting and latching mechanism for the seat all figured out tonight. I just need to bend some some steel rod and weld it up to line up to the factory seat lock and a couple of tabs at the front to go into the ends of the tube frame and I'm set. The cross brace in the tube frame fits exactly between the inner fender and the tool tray so there's no play front to back when the seat is sitting on the bike.

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #64 on: Feb 11, 2010, 11:38:17 »
I got the latch mechanism sorted out last night for the seat. I'm using the factory seat lock to secure the new cafe seat using a piece of steel rod bent bent and welded to the seat frame that latches to the factory seat lock. I also got the seat pan welded to the frame once the mounting was all sorted out.Here some pics.





Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #65 on: Feb 18, 2010, 01:14:04 »
After spending 2 hours in the dentist chair this morning getting 3 crowns I decided to take the day off and work on the bike to take my mind off the pain.  ;)  I got the plates welded on to mount my new rearsets so now I'm on to sorting out the brake and shifter linkages. Unfortunately it look like the shifter linkage that came with the rearsets is too long so I 'll have to find a shorter one and I think I'll make a new brake rod from scratch from some 1/4" rod bent to form and threaded to fit  Here's some quick update pics.




My buddy Dave hard at work...


And the rearsets bolted to up to try them out for placement. They feel perfect.  ;D



They still need some touch up grinding and painting of course but I'm quite pleased overall.

Offline thompsonmx100

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #66 on: Feb 18, 2010, 01:21:21 »
You may be able to modify that shifter linkage. Might be worth throwing a pic up or at least describing it a little. If its just a rod you could cut it down and rethread it. If its a rod that the ends thread into you can cut it redrill it and tap it. keep it up.
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Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #67 on: Feb 18, 2010, 09:18:15 »
Here's the stock pic from the ebay auction. It will at least give you an idea of what I'm working with till I can get a better close up pic posted.


The ends are threaded about an inch deep on each end so the only way I can think to shorten it would be to cut some off each end plus shorten the threads on the ball joints but I'm not sure if that will be enough and would leave me very little adjustment room even if it is short enough.

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #68 on: Feb 18, 2010, 09:31:54 »
Those rearsets look great!  Keep it up man!
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Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #69 on: Feb 18, 2010, 11:45:50 »
Oh yeah I forgot to mention a word of caution to the other KZ400 builders that the stock kicker won't clear the new rearsets when mounted where I put them. Fortunately another buddy has his CB550 in the garage as well so I borrowed his kick lever to see if it clears which it does but the grooves on the spline are a little different so I'll have to open it up nice and wide to slide onto the spline and then tighten it down. I'll probably pick up a CB550 kickstart lever sometime this week off Ebay. I'll post pics once I get it and get it on.