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Author Topic: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"  (Read 32718 times)

Offline diesel450

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #70 on: Feb 18, 2010, 12:14:08 »
Just a word of caution, you may be better off in the long run bending your stock kicker to clear rather than mounting a Honda kicker. If you strip that spline you will most likely have to change out the shaft and that is no small job.

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #71 on: Feb 18, 2010, 12:25:24 »
My stock kicker already sticks out far enough to hit me in the shin and it still doesn't come close to clearing so it' gotta go. I'll need some kind of swing out kick lever like the CB550. My current one only has the foot peg hinged to swing out not the whole lever.

Offline valvesprung

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #72 on: Feb 18, 2010, 14:45:34 »
The lever on the 78-79 KZ400a are different and will help to solve this problem. You may have to bend them a bit still, but they swing out like the honda, and they slip right on  ;)
'79 KZ650SR (the show pony)
'97 Buell S3
1980 XS850

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #73 on: Feb 18, 2010, 14:58:22 »
Really? I'm off to Ebay then!  ;D

Offline valvesprung

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #74 on: Feb 18, 2010, 17:50:04 »
Sorry the a after the KZ400 above was simply a typo, not a specific model needed...should be the same on all 78-79 KZ400's
'79 KZ650SR (the show pony)
'97 Buell S3
1980 XS850

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #75 on: Feb 19, 2010, 16:00:14 »
Damn, I can't find a used 1978 kickstart lever to save my life. All I can find is NOS which is $145 & up!  :o  Do you guys think the splines would be the same on a KZ650 from the same year range? It looks very similair to the CB550 one I've been looking at for mock up as far as swing and size go.

Here's a pic of what I'm thinkig of buying...

« Last Edit: Feb 19, 2010, 16:55:55 by noahdog »

Offline beater

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #76 on: Feb 19, 2010, 20:09:51 »
steele's cycle salvage in denver.

Ask for bobby. tell him john henley sent you.
http://www.steelescycle.com/

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #77 on: Feb 24, 2010, 23:48:58 »
Some progress and and a major catastrophe narrowly avoided tonight at bike night. I got the linkage set up for the shifter and was getting ready to move on to figuring the brake side when I asked my buddy Dave to hop on the bike to try the shifter for a second opinion. He weighs probably 30 lbs more than myself and when he was bouncing on the pegs checking the feel of the placement he tweeked the aluminum rearset brackets. I'd somewhat questioned the strength of them before but they'd held up to my weight although somewhat bouncy.  Since the mounting plates for the aluminum brackets  were already cut drilled and welded to the frame I was shitting twinkies. I decided to cut another plate to bolt through on the back of the welded plates that matched the profile of the aluminum brackets so I could have a 3 point mount instead of just the front bolts to eliminate any twisting in the aluminum brackets. I needed spacers for the foot peg bolt which is now the 3rd mounting point but it is solid as a rock now. Here's some pics to make some sense of my ramblings...

New plate.


Brake side plate mounted.


And a pic of my earlier success in completing the shift linkage which still counts since I just needed to add the new plate to strengthen the existing work. ;)


I know there are a couple of other members here who have bought the same cheap universal rearsets as me on Ebay so I'd like to warn them to make the mounting plates big enough to bolt in all three places to avoid twisting. I'll try and search for who they were but hopefully they're following along and read this. I'm sure I've deleted the old pm's like a dummy. :-[

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #78 on: Feb 25, 2010, 00:38:30 »
So, uh, you got any of those twinkies??  :)

Offline noahdog

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Re: 1977 KZ400 Build "Logan's Run"
« Reply #79 on: Feb 25, 2010, 12:21:47 »
Nah,they went in the bucket with all the empty beer cans it took me to calm down and figure out how to fix the problem. ;)

All said I guess it's much better to find these problems in the garage than on the road.