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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Thanks Doc and CC and thanks for the advice and inspiration. At least a 12 pack, maybe a 15/18 pack. But if you get creative with stacking and bungee straps then the sky is the limit!
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Rack has been welded up, welded on and painted and it took much longer than I thought it would, but doesn't everything always. Stock seat pan was cut back a few inches to make room for the rack and effectively make it a solo seat. I added additional foam to the seat to smooth it out as was...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    I began cutting up the scrap pieces that I found and welding them back together to the configuration that I wanted. I also cut the seat pan back about six inches to allow room for the rack. The cutting of the seat was not as big of a deal as I feared, this model had the little cowl at the back...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Doc, thanks. The skills are on the low side but still developing. I'm sure I could find a dyno shop around here. That would be great. BTW, thinking ahead a little I did weld an O2 bungs into each header so I can do some tuning when the time comes. I may invest in gauges and sensors and do it...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    I was thinking the same thing - finding something to modify, that exact listing was one of the things that I saw that might work. Thanks for the idea and the encouragement. If it came out half as nice as the rack on this one I'd be happy: http://www.bikeexif.com/ducati-custom
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    I will not ride 2 up on this and I cannot really imagine anyone else doing so. I am currently running the stock seat pan but am not against changing it out for something custom. I have not thought about adding a rack. That is a really good idea and would fit this well, I'll have to look around...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    I do need to do some more work on that seat or have it covered professionally. With the warmer weather it is a bit loose and needs to be tightened. The other thing is that the leather I used on this is pretty thin, it is super soft and feels great, but because it is so thin it shows everything...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    My indecision on what to do for the exhaust caused this project to sit untouched for 2 years. After watching some videos on YouTube I finally said screw it, I can do this and set about making my own pipes a couple of months ago. The welds started out super crappy but became less crappy and...
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    KZ400 head cover gasket question

    I had the same concerns. Ah, a pic, would have been a good idea but I did not take any. After adding the RTV and smoothing it I did go around and wipe any excess from the inside of the cover. I tried to get just enough but not too much :)
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    KZ400 head cover gasket question

    I just went through this quest recently myself after taking the top end apart to try to fix some oil leaks that have gotten worse over time. The cylinder head cover was changed by Kawasaki a few times to try to fix oil leaks - basically they went from using an o-ring to using silicone/rtv...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Couple of other things I forgot: new brake shoes in back, new brake pads in front. New tapered bearings All Balls bearings in the neck. Both wheels got new bearings. I believe that all bearings, seals and gaskets have been replaced (other than in the bottom end, I did not split the crankcase)...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Thanks Doc. That is what I am thinking as well. Thanks for helping to push me over the edge :)
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Carb tuning started out a little rough. It was a bitch to get the thing started. I know from experience these things are cold-blooded. But once warmed up it ran well and it would start up fine afterward. I changed to 30 pilots and started with the air mixture 1.5 turns out. It ran pretty lean...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    The VM28s came with 35 or 40 pilots and 190 mains. I thought the pilots might be a little too big, I run 30s in my VM30s on my 76 KZ400. My Dad runs 30s in his VM30s on his 72 Triumph Bonneville. So I ordered some new pilot and main jets from Niche Cycle. They were 2-day priority mail. Two weeks...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    I inspected the stock carbs, the PO said they were in good shape and the diaphragms were good, but both diaphragms had several small tears. The intake boots were in good shape though. The stock carbs on my 76 kZ400 worked pretty well and I had them sitting in a box so I pulled them out but they...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    At this point I realized that I didn't like the superbike bars that I had chosen for this bike originally. They were a little too low and just did not have an enduro/scrambler look. Still under budget crunch and with lots of stuff left to buy I did not want to spring for expensive bars so I did...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    After a trip to Walmart for a foam camping mat and some upholstery foam and a trip to Goodwill for a donor leather coat it is time to make a mess: And it did make a mess. After cutting and sanding this stuff I had pieces of foam everywhere. And the spray adhesive was everywhere too. I am...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    New 2.5" mini gauges with integrated dummy lights. I used the same pair on my 76 KZ400 so I had an idea how to wire these things up. Everything works! Only issue I have is that I bought the tach and speedo from two different vendors saving myself several dollars. I assumed they would be...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Single stainless braided brake line: I also ground off the rivets holding the front fender to the support/brace - you can see in the above pic. I'll be using something else for a front fender. I found an NOS universal fiberglass fender from the 80s still in the plastic that looked great...
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    78 KZ400B1 Scrambler To Be

    Still moving on with wiring. I'm going with a smaller lithium battery so I want to upgrade the reg/rect to make sure it doesn't overcharge my expensive battery. For the last bike I purchased a reg/rect from Rick's Electrics and it has worked well for several years. This time I purchased one from...
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