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    75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia)

    Dude looks and sounds awesome.
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    Shop Recommendations for Engine Work Sydney

    Lol all good. I ended up taking it to MMT near Penrith in Sydney. Craig was really helpful and I think very reasonably priced. Ended up having to get the engine re-bored, new piston + rings and got my tappet seals recut for around 250 for memory? Haven't put the engine together yet so not sure...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Lol yes I saw plenty of them. And they all get directed to RJC and vessel. I'm just curious I couldn't get any Japanese sites selling them. That would have been the obvious one for me?
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Thanks guys, I've narrowed it down to two - a 3/8 inch model from z1 (http://www.z1enterprises.com/ItemDetails.aspx?itemDescription=Impact+Driver+3%2f8%22+drive+w%2f4+bits&item=EM84-03800) or a 1/2 inch model from Torpedo7...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    4eyes - just a question - what is a JAP # screw? I'm looking into getting the impact drivers and want to see if perhaps I can get the right bits to come with it. This seems like a relatively good buy: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110965389100#ht_3568wt_907 And now...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Thanks for the comments guys - no updates, but I'm looking into getting an impact driver. Erskine - ha put me back in my teens and I think this would be done much quicker - the uni holidays, the better wrists... JJ - thanks, be great to follow your progress too - do you have a build thread or...
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    CL175 clicking noise???

    Hey, did you end up solving it? Sorry I missed your post. I imagine my pilot jet settings would have been different to yours. Between one and a half to three turns out is ok.
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Ok, so even taking the bottom end off the bike is turning out to be a lot more challenging than it first sounded. Another saga of the stripped screw, this time on the chain cover... Here's it is, before I tried angle grinding a slot into it to fit a flat screwdriver into it...might have to...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    So have asked the machinist about the bottom end but he has no time anyways. He's offered to have a quick look at it for me when I pick up the front end but which sounds pretty generous to me. Busy taking the bottom off now - ran into some issues with stripped screws, so I think I'll get a new...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Thanks guys - the bright side wasn't so bright in the end. I ended up taking the cylinder head and bore to the machinist at MMT, who was a really cool guy, showed me around the workshop and let me watch him work a bit. I asked for them to remeasure the clearance as you suggested teazer, and...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Erskine - thanks but you're probably mistaking my slow work rate and inexperience to perseverance :P Anyways, tried to clean up the piston and combustion chamber a bit today. Scrapped the carbon off with a bit of bark and cleaned it with methylated spirits. Also checked whether the...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Thanks teazer, I've been in contact with the guy from MMT in Granville, who was recommended by one of the old guys at MCA. Planning to clean up the cylinder head and block/piston a bit and then send it down to him for a check. Hoping I can also get him to check my valve and valve seals. As...
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    CL175 clicking noise???

    Is your spark plug black? I had a similar issue, where the bike wasn't starting reliably, choppy idle and would usually die after giving it throttle a couple times. Once the spark plug fouled (black) the bike started backfiring. Main problem was the pilot jet, which wasn't screwed in properly...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Thanks teazer - had to google what blow by is - its one of the first terms that actually turns up with results. Can you clarify what the signs of excessive blow by are on the piston? Ive read that visually its the excessive amount of combustion gas past the piston rings - is that just the black...
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    The 'build thread' of a Kawasaki Z250 C, a total beginner's point of view...

    Ok think I have got to the bottom of this cam chain tensioner business. Looked into putting the new cam chain tensioner on yesterday, and, after a big struggle to remove the tensioner collar (had to sand down a side before tapping it out) managed to put the new one on. That's when I realised...
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