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Author Topic: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build  (Read 2347 times)

Online cbrianroll

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1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« on: Dec 22, 2016, 23:36:32 »
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.

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23, 2016, 01:57:52 »
Check coils and HT leads and plug caps first before ordering an ignitor.

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #2 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
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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #3 on: Dec 23, 2016, 13:05:49 »
Thanks guys, hopefully work on it this weekend

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #4 on: Dec 23, 2016, 22:16:32 »
Pulled out the multimeter....igniter had 10.7 on yellow/red....0.08 on black/yellow...dang.

Offline brad black

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26, 2016, 04:15:47 »
is there really a market for shit like that tarted up? 

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #6 on: Dec 26, 2016, 12:13:08 »
not planning a full custom cafe racer, just make it look less retarded,I think it would sell better where I live.

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #7 on: Dec 26, 2016, 12:16:19 »
Plus I like working on things people normally dont.

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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #8 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.
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Re: 1980 kz550 ltd anything but stock build
« Reply #9 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.