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Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Cafe Racers => Topic started by: cbrianroll on Dec 22, 2016, 23:36:32

Title: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 22, 2016, 23:36:32
(http://)here it is...not sexy at all. Got it for $50.00....spark on 1&4, no spark on 2&3, needs an igniter I think. This is my first kawasaki....any words of wisdom? I'm thinking just a quick and easy cafe Ish and resell...I really want a cool single cylinder to build. Thoughts and pics of cool builds would be much appreciated, thanks.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: teazer on Dec 23, 2016, 01:57:52
Check coils and HT leads and plug caps first before ordering an ignitor.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: doc_rot on Dec 23, 2016, 03:50:39
If your just going to resell it I wouldn't cafe it. These frames are not suitable for a cafe look without quite a bit of fabrication. I would put some lower bars are trim the seat down as see if that's good enough for a sale. if you are going to pull the valve cover to inspect the valve clearance it is crucial that you remove the chain tensioner.  here is some valve train info http://gpzweb.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/CamsKZZXZR550500400/CamsKZZXZR550500400.html
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 23, 2016, 13:05:49
Thanks guys, hopefully work on it this weekend
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 23, 2016, 22:16:32
Pulled out the multimeter....igniter had 10.7 on yellow/red....0.08 on black/yellow...dang.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: brad black on Dec 26, 2016, 04:15:47
is there really a market for shit like that tarted up? 
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 26, 2016, 12:13:08
(http://)not planning a full custom cafe racer, just make it look less retarded,I think it would sell better where I live.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 26, 2016, 12:16:19
Plus I like working on things people normally dont.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cyclefreak on Dec 26, 2016, 23:35:49
I really dig the fact that you using a bike that typically doesn't get customized much. I have an 83 model that I am about to start on myself. I see a lot of potential in these, it just takes a little more work.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 27, 2016, 00:11:18
Not gonna lie....probably wouldn't have bought it if it were priced higher. But I do like the modded one and it's growing on me the more I tear into it.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 27, 2016, 18:38:30
So...a new igniter is priced really bad. I'm thinking a dyna ds2-2 is in the future. Am I reading correctly that it replaces the igniter and regulator? I'm not to savvy with electronics yet...thanks
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: teazer on Dec 29, 2016, 02:29:40
It will replace the pickups and rotor on the crank end as well as the ignitor.  Check the wiring diagram to be sure what other functions are tied to the ignitor.  If it's things like side stand switch, you can eliminate that, but if if feeds the tacho or anything else, you may need a workaround.  I don't think that will be an issue, but worth checking.

Regulator and rectifier are not usually combined in the ECU because the regulator generates heat and the ignitor is easily damaged with too much heat.

If your bike has a mechanical advance unit, you are golden, but if the ignition advance is generated by the ECU, that could be a bit of an issue to overcome.  In that case you can probably get a mechanical advance unit for a different model and make it work.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Dec 29, 2016, 12:21:41
Thanks, electronics scare me lol I may build the Gm hei hack, seems to work fine.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jan 11, 2017, 02:04:40
A little progress....
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jan 11, 2017, 02:30:08
(http://20170108_090835.jpeg)
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Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jan 22, 2017, 00:06:13
(http://20170121_191630.jpeg) a little more progress. Painted forks, wheels, playing with the cx500 tank and handlebars. Hopefully powder coat some stuff tomorrow.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Feb 05, 2017, 19:53:24
[img]20170204_160444.jpg[img] finally got the motor in..now toying with stock tank. Meds are making me lazy....gotta order all my stuff so I can get motivated.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: DailyGrind on Feb 05, 2017, 21:15:45
The CX tank looks better
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Feb 05, 2017, 21:20:05
Me thinks that too...the one in the photo isn't set, I'd have to trim a bit to get it to seat good
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jun 13, 2017, 01:03:23
Ok....a couple things...it seems I can't post pics. Help. I'm on android....perhaps a desktop would work? 2nd....it seems the info on kzs fork oil level number doesn't match the mesuerment number. It roughly says add 9 fl.oz and it should measure 14in from top...with spring out and extended fork. Anyone know what's up with this?? Thanks.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: vwrabbit on Jun 22, 2017, 12:47:16
Following along.  I'm building an '82 KZ440 LTD into a cafe style. 

As for pics on Android, there should be an Attachments button (it is bold text that says "Attachments and other options") to browse to images on your phone to upload.  Click that and then "Choose File".
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jun 22, 2017, 15:34:30
Ok...here it is as of now.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170622/83a819061854c79fb2fb90cafcd7abf6.jpg)
Nothing fancy, cheap being the key thing. Was running great! Then the reg/rectifier burnt up...thats In the mail now. Not sold on the tank yet...i have some gun bluing i was thanking of doing a design with. Also have a cx tank I'm thinking of modifying..well see.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: advCo on Jun 22, 2017, 15:39:04
I like it but the rear looks odd so short like that, maybe needs a longer seat or a rear fender or something.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jun 22, 2017, 15:43:33
I was thinking that too...plus I'll get soaked if it rains. Was exited to ride it and threw it together. Been having a hard time envisioning something. Wasnt sure if I wanted to start a bigger project by cutting and welding the rear or what.
Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: advCo on Jun 22, 2017, 19:37:29
Could always make a bolt on tail section. Maybe a MX style rear fender and leave the seat short to follow the lines of the subframe.


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Title: Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
Post by: cbrianroll on Jun 22, 2017, 19:48:18
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170622/ad2cc2bd1c990a5b6cc29e2fed4e5379.jpg)

I kinda dig something like this...

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170622/84d955a72b161b28db9e02c9e1f43d3b.jpg)
Or this...