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Author Topic: 75' KZ400 Tracker/Enduro: Near Completion  (Read 4962 times)

Offline AimlessMoto

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2017, 13:01:22 »
If it smokes but good compression it is likely valve seals which is easier than a re-build. Paint work looks good so far.

When I bought the bikes, I spent a little money on a rebuild kit. I have the piston rings, valve seals, head gasket and a few other bits and bobs left... I also used a coupon and bought a valve-spring compressor from Harbor Freight...

After the paint is done and it's back to running, I'll see how bad it really is. My main concern is preventing more gas from getting into the crank case, which is either as simple as getting a longer kick-stand, or simply shutting the fuel off a minute before parking so the carbs are a bit more empty.

Offline AimlessMoto

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2017, 00:10:19 »
And then more paint happened. Gathering inspiration from my first build mixed with some 70s CB175...


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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2017, 01:08:31 »
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Offline cbrianroll

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #33 on: May 16, 2017, 02:02:17 »
Looking good man!

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #34 on: May 16, 2017, 16:26:07 »
Looks good is that the duplicolor metal flake? It looks like it, I have that on my GL. I like the white with it. I might steal that, been looking for a way to break up the blue on the GL.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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Offline AimlessMoto

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2017, 23:10:31 »
Looks good is that the duplicolor metal flake? It looks like it, I have that on my GL. I like the white with it. I might steal that, been looking for a way to break up the blue on the GL.

Its Metal Specks Ocean Blue... the cap looked more aqua than the spray out, but I dig it.

I just put the pin stripe on and threw on an entire can of 2k clear.. 

Came out alright!

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2017, 08:46:05 »
Yep that looks great I am using the same colour and 2 K when I paint mine. I already ran it last season with the colour and cheap clear but that was just to get done for a ride on the cabot trail so it was rushed and the body work was sub par, doing it right this time around Just need to finsh sand the fender and ready to paint it again.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2017, 09:00:26 »
May I ask how you did you did that dope pinstripe?looks amazing!

Offline AimlessMoto

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2017, 10:49:34 »
May I ask how you did you did that dope pinstripe?looks amazing!

It's just automotive pinstripe vinyl. There is NO WAY I would be able to free-hand or even tape it off to be so nice. I made sure to bury it under the clear really well, so hopefully it won't lift in the future.

Thanks!

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Re: 75' KZ400: 2017 Updates!
« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2017, 14:46:23 »
I just ordered some DCC knee pads for the tank, they will probably cover a bit of the gold pin-stripe, but I'm cool with that.

Also started looking for W650 tank badges... I like how they resemble old Triumph badges, but have "Kawasaki" on them. If I can find a set for cheap, I'll go for it. Otherwise, I'm really OK with running my stock badges. We'll see!