1983 Kawasaki LTD 440 brat/tracker

Rudapo

Member
cleaned out the wiring and rearanged it.
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i will first test all the functions of the controls and stuff before i re-tape the wiring.
the glitch is already out of the blinkers so those are working again in good order, anyway new ones on the way.

painted the rear to get rid of some scuff marks, cleaned the rust etc.
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bracket to close the gap at rear of the bag.
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since the rear fender had to come if painted the brakets
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buffed out the rear fender a bit.
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and then the weekend was over.
 
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Rudapo

Member
wiring is ok, re-taped most of it already. had the bike running but it didn't idle properly.
I already had the idea that the intake rubbers where done for, did a close inspection of these and yes new ones are on the way.
will need to replace these first to get the bike running properly. think the challenge will be to get the screws out in good order before i can replace these.
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with a little bit of luck my risers will arive next week, according to the track and trace they cancelled the order/shipping. the seller already said they where shipped; so lets see what happens.
 

Rudapo

Member
haven't done much lately due to family matters and stuff.
however going through all the treads on this forum and seeing all the bikes being "blinged and touched up" i decided it was also time to do some touch up work in the time i had available:

found a nice heat resistant matt black rattle can to refurbish some of the parts
front fender
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belt guard
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did the exhaust ends
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cover off the brake fluid reservoir, now the rest also needs touch up ;)
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went from gloss black to matt black, rest of the cluster will be done later
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looking at these results and the paint being really cheap and given great results i'm thinking about matt blacking out the entire front end.
handlebars controls, triple trees, lower legs of the front end and touch up the wheels.


Also started with a mock up of the front shield, now without headlight installed, not sure if it is a keeper but now i have options :).
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NoRiders

Well-Known Member
I used satin black on the controls....I like the sheen. Matt can mark up with finger prints etc.
The jury's out on the front shield, but I like your thinking :)
 

pidjones

Well-Known Member
Hope your heat resistant paint is tougher than what I've tried. What I've used handles temps well, but marks up easily. Would like to maybe see this with a satin 2K clearcoat.
 

Rudapo

Member
still waiting on my new headlight, according to the track and trace it should be here a minute, but that whole Corona thing has set the postal company with delayed delivery.
And need to fine tune then the front shield to the new light, and then decide to keep it or store it.

time could become an issue to work on the bike due to my work and our new family member who needs a lot of time, but we'll see how it goes
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Rudapo

Member
had some time available today so i started on the leaking front suspension.
removed the right fork and dismantled it.
before loosening the lower bolt i wanted to drain the oil, lesson learned during this exercise: release the air inside the tube prior to opening the oil drain screw!
my idea was that if the seal is leaking, the air is already out, somehow i was wrong!
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not sure how to call this:
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on the plus the oil drained very quick, if you can call this oil, smelling it didn't remind me of any oil i'm familiar with!

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top seal was a @#%?! to get out, the oil sealitself popped out easely by the use of 2 screwdrivers.

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have this scratch on the inner tube, i'm now polishing it out. in the hope that with the new seal it won't leak anymore.

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also painted the lower part in a flat black.

new parts ( seals, dust capes and oil ) should arrive prior to the weekend so then i can assemble this one, should be sufficient time to let the paint harden out, after that the other will be foreseen with fresh oil and a paint job.
 

Nebr_Rex

Member
Interesting, I don't think I have ever seen air forks on a small twin before.
Looks like it might have been done after leaving the factory. It still has
the factory retainer clip. And somebody just drilled and tapped the plug.
You might be pressing your luck if to much air pressure is added to the
spring pressure pushing against that clip.
As for air pressure the other bikes were run at 10 psi or less.
If you get a chance some time take a pic of the under side of that top plug.


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Rudapo

Member
disassembled the other fork.
seals come out easy, ones you have done one the other is much easier to dismantle :)
a lot of dirt in between :
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cleaned the internals, spray painted the lower part, next is to reassemble the fork.
but i first need to polish the upper part before i reassemble.

also refurbished the top of the triple tree in a matt black finish and did the lower part of the switch controls.
cleaned and inspected the front brake while it was on the floor.
brake pads are still in good order and no leaks so that was easy,did a little bit of a touch up and done.
didn't make pictures of it but when the whole front end is finsihed i'll make some new pictures :)
 

Rudapo

Member
front end rebuild, new blinkers installed and new headlight installed
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still some minor details on the to do list for the front end but that can wait.

new intake rubbers for the carbs are also in so that's next on the to do list, then get it properly running and then go from there.
 

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