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Author Topic: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build  (Read 7822 times)

Offline Ethanol

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Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« on: Dec 09, 2010, 13:04:56 »
So I wanted to do this on the cheap. I'll list everything I did. Wanted to keep the whole thing under $1000.

Got the bike in a swap for another bike I picked up for $250. Got some cash in the deal too but I won't count that.

So I started off with a $250 sorta running Kz400.

Here's a before pic:



First iteration was a cafe racer but it just never worked.



So after letting it sit for a while. Selling it then buying it back (long story, have I mentioned I hate selling bikes to people I know who assure me they are capable of maintaining/riding a 35 year old bike?). Had to do some carb work (naturally) and replace the stator/charging system twice. Pain in the ass but really helpful people helped me chase down the parts. Removed the batter box and fabbed my own. Completely rewired the whole thing which wasn't actually that bad (got rid of a grocery bag full of wires)

Here's a pic before paint:



Here's a crappy cell-phone pic. The metallic gray is going down next (tonight!) Then the kawasaki decal.



Going to mimic the 70s scheme.



With a slightly more modern color. I'm using the new Ford Lime Metallic. Looks killer (but it's damn expensive).

Lot more (real, non-cell phone) pics coming soon.

All feedback (good, negative, or indifferent!) is welcome.


Here's a list of stuff I have bought/installed. Just ordered the boots from DCC today. I'll post pics of the new paint tomorrow.






Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #1 on: Dec 09, 2010, 13:09:58 »
Right on man... Keep us posted!
Looks great so far.
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Offline Slice

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #2 on: Dec 09, 2010, 13:16:01 »
If I had an excel spreadsheet with all the parts I purchased for my build... it would hurt me too much to look at it!
-Slice

So I wanted to do this on the cheap. I'll list everything I did. Wanted to keep the whole thing under $1000.

Got the bike in a swap for another bike I picked up for $250. Got some cash in the deal too but I won't count that.

So I started off with a $250 sorta running Kz400.

Here's a before pic:



First iteration was a cafe racer but it just never worked.



So after letting it sit for a while. Selling it then buying it back (long story, have I mentioned I hate selling bikes to people I know who assure me they are capable of maintaining/riding a 35 year old bike?). Had to do some carb work (naturally) and replace the stator/charging system twice. Pain in the ass but really helpful people helped me chase down the parts. Removed the batter box and fabbed my own. Completely rewired the whole thing which wasn't actually that bad (got rid of a grocery bag full of wires)

Here's a pic before paint:



Here's a crappy cell-phone pic. The metallic gray is going down next (tonight!) Then the kawasaki decal.



Going to mimic the 70s scheme.



With a slightly more modern color. I'm using the new Ford Lime Metallic. Looks killer (but it's damn expensive).

Lot more (real, non-cell phone) pics coming soon.

All feedback (good, negative, or indifferent!) is welcome.


Here's a list of stuff I have bought/installed. Just ordered the boots from DCC today. I'll post pics of the new paint tomorrow.






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Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #3 on: Dec 09, 2010, 13:20:57 »
If I had an excel spreadsheet with all the parts I purchased for my build... it would hurt me too much to look at it!
-Slice


It hurts, but knowing that this is project 1 of like 6 hurts even more. I know I'm forgetting a ton of stuff too.

Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #4 on: Dec 10, 2010, 12:26:26 »
The new wiring. It's still in the process of being cleaned up. I need a nice junction box.



That's everything. These bikes have so much extra wiring on them from the factory it's crazy.

Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #5 on: Dec 10, 2010, 12:54:51 »


Better pic of the tank color. This is before clear (which I laid down last night).

Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #6 on: Dec 10, 2010, 17:57:23 »


Getting ready for the accent color. Man it's hard to get those lines parallel. Even with a $10 tiny ass roll of 3M tape. 

Offline IndieSol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #7 on: Dec 10, 2010, 20:14:13 »
Instant gratification on it's way.

I love the bike and the green looks sick.  Can't wait to see the grey on there.

It's funny, none of the parts you put on were very expensive, but they sure added up quick!
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Offline zerochrome

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #8 on: Dec 10, 2010, 21:11:19 »
Looks awesome man.  I love the green. Did you document how you made the seat?  I love the way it looks and where did you get it covered for $35????
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Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #9 on: Dec 10, 2010, 21:36:33 »
Local dude in town does upholstery fast and cheap. I love it. I was amazed/frightened when I saw how much all the cheap parts added up to!

Here's the gray.





Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #10 on: Dec 10, 2010, 21:40:42 »
The seat was super easy to make. It's just this basically:



Offline treitz

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #11 on: Dec 17, 2010, 19:40:30 »
Hey your bike looks awesome. Thinking about picking a kz400 myself. Found one (completely taken apart) for $150. Only problem is that he doesn't have the title. So depending on how big of a pain getting a new title is I might get it.

What is your opinion of the engine? Easy to work on?

Offline Ethanol

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #12 on: Dec 20, 2010, 13:59:44 »
I think they are pretty easy to work on. That being said there are some problems with the earlier models (mine included) leaking oil like a sieve. I'm in the process of replacing seals as I narrow down the leaks.

I think they're peppy and fun bikes to work on. Went for a nice (but short) ride last night. Looks like my jetting is getting tuned in well. Now I gotta skin the carbs.

Video soon maybe!

Offline treitz

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #13 on: Dec 20, 2010, 14:02:25 »
Cool man. The one I am picking up is a 79 and it (supposedly) ran before the guy took it a part. I will ask him about oil leaks though so I can trouble shoot it before putting it back together.

Maybe since it's a 79 it won't have the same issues.


Offline treitz

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Re: Ethan's 1974 Kz400 Miscellaneous Bike Build
« Reply #14 on: Dec 20, 2010, 14:11:29 »
One other question, where did you get your rear shocks? They looks awesome. The previous previous owner hard-tailed it. So I am going to need to find something.