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Author Topic: 1980 KZ440 Parts or overhaul?  (Read 410 times)

Offline gunnercarvo

  • Posts: 1
1980 KZ440 Parts or overhaul?
« on: Oct 07, 2017, 08:03:54 »
I picked up this little beauty yesterday for $100.  My original thought was to rip its guts out and give my 1978 KZ400 a displacement increase and some cooler rims.  Thoughts?  Advice?

Offline vwrabbit

  • Posts: 102
Re: 1980 KZ440 Parts or overhaul?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 07, 2017, 12:06:34 »
Keep the 400 wheels on the 400. Turn the 440 into what ever you want. They make nice bobbers. If you look under the specials, you'll see my build. I went more standard/sport. I was going to cafe it, but the lines are not ideal.

Offline zap2504

  • Posts: 346
Re: 1980 KZ440 Parts or overhaul?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 18, 2017, 19:39:43 »
The USA got a KZ440G for maybe a year. It looked like your KZ400 with the 440 engine and 18" mag wheels f/r. I thought it was the best looking model. I've seen some KZ400 standards with LTD wheels - not a bad look. The LTD frame is tough to work with if you want something other than a bobber, but if you get the bottom of the seat level with the tank it looks like a little Bonneville.

Offline c_loughridge

  • Posts: 17
Re: 1980 KZ440 Parts or overhaul?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 20, 2017, 13:24:54 »
I paid the same price for my 80 kz440. I took it home and got it to fire. Once it did I decided to tear into it. Most parts are cheap for these bikes and I really enjoyed this being my first build.
Before
https://photos.app.goo.gl/JhuN50l588Jxp4HA2
https://photos.app.goo.gl/DoRajEStE58cYira2

After
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7VGufNaEtyqu0wdp1
https://photos.app.goo.gl/27rIMRRJJOXwpUZN2

I apologize, I can't figure out how to embed the pics.

« Last Edit: Oct 20, 2017, 13:34:32 by c_loughridge »