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Author Topic: 78/79 KZ750 build  (Read 20261 times)

Offline crackerman

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78/79 KZ750 build
« on: Oct 28, 2012, 22:40:52 »
Picked up a second kz750. This one is a 79 kz750B barn find. She was dirty and didn't start but all there. Changed the tank, carbs, new battery, and added new plugs. Started right up. Shoulda took a picture of when I bought it. Here's a list of what I've done.

New handlebars
Headlight
new custom wiring harness
new speedo
shorty mufflers
jetted carbs for exhaust and pods
Cleaned of surface rust and removed animal piss smell
Relocated starter button,high beam light, kill switch, and key to battery box area







After jetting she seems to be running really well. Plans are to pull the engine for cleaning and paint, add rear loop and new seat, de tab the bike, add new rear fender, build battery box, and a bunch of other small things.


Offline crackerman

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #1 on: Oct 30, 2012, 17:45:29 »
Bike stripped. Waiting on the seat to work on the rear loop. Not looking forward to cutting the rear but it must be done. should be interesting. I'm decent with a mig welder so I hope this goes well. Gotta drain the oil and then I'll pull the motor.


Offline L4NE4

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #2 on: Oct 30, 2012, 20:16:02 »
That bike looked great before!  Cant wait to see how it looks when finished.  Do you have inspiration or just going from your head?

Offline johnu

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #3 on: Oct 31, 2012, 01:17:03 »
Nice bike, i look forward to seeing progress.

Are these Kawi's readily available in the USA?  This would be the perfect donor bike for my next project.

Offline crackerman

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #4 on: Oct 31, 2012, 12:27:07 »
I wouldn't say they're a lot of them but there out there. Seems to be a lot more of the 1980's and up version that has the smaller 16" mag wheel. Got keep your eye on craigslist and jump on them when they come up. I waited years to find a titled 78' in my area for a decent price.

This build is going to be similar to my 08' Scrambler, minus the side pipe. Just grabbin ideas from other builds and the shiet that I personally like. I do a lot of city driving so I'm going to to keep it light.

Nice bike, i look forward to seeing progress.

Are these Kawi's readily available in the USA?  This would be the perfect donor bike for my next project.

Offline hallin222

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #5 on: Oct 31, 2012, 18:50:42 »
Looks good as-is.  I'll be checking back in to see where this one is headed.

Offline crackerman

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #6 on: Nov 06, 2012, 18:18:02 »
Picked up a third KZ750 for a pretty good price. Came with a brand new headlight, tires, tank is stripped to raw, new seat, new and directionals. This ones a sort of a half done but the wiring was complete mess and it didn't run. The rear was already cut and the seat fits pretty decent. First thing I did was get her running. Swapped the carbs, coils, battery and used my custom wiring harness. Started right up. Sound pretty good with the 2 into 1 exhaust. I'm putting the other 2 on the back burner and focusing on this one as it's pretty much done. I may keep the red one completely stock.

So far I just added carbs, coils,rear fender, fixed the battery location and re did the mount for the electronics. Gotta fix the fender, add brake lines and finished the wiring. After all that I'll tear her down and get the frame powdered. Here's some pics:






Offline L4NE4

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #7 on: Nov 06, 2012, 18:33:58 »
i like it!

who did your seat?

Offline crackerman

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #8 on: Nov 06, 2012, 18:52:30 »
i like it!

who did your seat?

It was bought from the previous owner. It's a nitrohead sr500 seat. japan.webbike.net sells them. Fits the bike pretty well. Not too comfortable thou.

Offline 7aliveatlast7

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Re: 78/79 KZ750 build
« Reply #9 on: Nov 09, 2012, 12:53:32 »
dang, you've got a nice little family there!!  mind if i ask what you picked up that 3rd one for?  thing looks killer, can't wait to see it cleaned up a bit.