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Author Topic: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin  (Read 67774 times)

Offline doc_rot

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #80 on: Feb 16, 2016, 03:38:16 »
I ground the tool for the buttress thread and went for it. I remeasured the threads and it was 10 tpi. The threads didn't come out perfect but they very snugly grip the gauge so i'm calling it a success.






I have been doing some brainstorming on the solution for the oil light. I figured since the tach is integrated into headlight why not integrate the oil light into the inside of the left fork ear? it might look stupid once i mock it up, but i'm entertaining any possible idea right now.

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #81 on: Feb 16, 2016, 19:44:50 »
Damn, with sketch skills like that I take it you're an Industrial Designer?  Looking good!

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #82 on: Feb 16, 2016, 19:55:39 »
If my memory serves me right, those fork legs had a rubber cap that fit the square insets, maybe mount the light in one and the neutral in the other with some real small ABS tubes for wires tight on the back side out of view?

The art is damn nice too by the way. I would shed a few dollars for a good Foose style of some of my bikes??
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #83 on: Feb 17, 2016, 01:45:11 »
Damn, with sketch skills like that I take it you're an Industrial Designer?  Looking good!
yes. also currently pursuing a MFA in ID as well, hence the access to tools I can't afford.


If my memory serves me right, those fork legs had a rubber cap that fit the square insets, maybe mount the light in one and the neutral in the other with some real small ABS tubes for wires tight on the back side out of view?

The art is damn nice too by the way. I would shed a few dollars for a good Foose style of some of my bikes??

Yeah I thought about the fork tube cap but the light is so big it would have to stick up pretty high and look weird.
Unfortunately in-between work, school, and my own projects I hardly have time for anything else. If your not in a rush I might be able to make something happen this summer.
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #84 on: Feb 17, 2016, 01:57:11 »
Had a little down time today so I re did the gauge housing. The threads are much nicer this time. You can see the one on the right has less chatter in the thread. I also added a little lip that I will leave polished with the rest painted. As much as I would like to use this headlight I think it is throwing the proportions off so in gonna look for one a little bigger, like a 6.25"
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #85 on: Feb 25, 2016, 23:39:49 »
I picked up this 6.25" headlight. I think the proportions are much nicer now.

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #86 on: Feb 26, 2016, 22:06:16 »
Got a start roughing out the footpeg brackets today

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #88 on: Feb 28, 2016, 23:14:35 »
Got some more work in on the footpeg brackets. I screwed up and mis-calculated the chamfer on the folding boss and cut too deep. So I fired up the tig and put a dab on there and filed it back down. It looks ok. It's on the bottom so you won't see it when it's mounted.  Still a ways to go. I have no real clue what I'm doing so the going is slow.
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #89 on: Feb 28, 2016, 23:48:04 »
the only bummer about doing the tach/headlight combo is there is no logical place to put this oil light. any suggestions?
Drill a hole through the stem cap nut and mount it there.