75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia)

STRETCH-CB

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Zilcho said:
Awsome looking bike, wasnt sure on your colour scheme early on but it looks fantastic!

Did you buy that Bell helmet from the US? Didnt think you could get them here with the right stickers etc.
Yeah I got it from the us, I stuck a sticker on it myself. It just fits my head perfectly. The only other open faces in that sort of style are cheap crap. I've got a $30 one from china and it's legal but I don't trust it as far as I'd like to throw it, such a stupid law. I hope that the dot approved is okay. I just feel alot better in my bell than I do in other crap that's legal.
 

sham

Been Around the Block
Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

Hey dude, definitely a cool fibreglass seat - any pictures of the mounting yet? And I'm pretty sure the DOT approved isn't legal here, but how have you found it? Any issues with the cops etc?
 

STRETCH-CB

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well its been along time since ive added to this, alot has changed. im just going to dump a bunch of photo's and give a quick explanation when i can be bothered haha

i started by stripping the whole bike.


grinded all the unwanted brackets and tabs off


made up brackets for my rear sets and welded them into place







etch primed and painted my frame, painted it black then gold and green flake then green candy.










 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

i got the motor rebuilt while i was doing the frame work.


my tank also dropped from a shelf and dented, the seat also got a hole from the battery which i forgot to strap down :(

























 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

the rebuild begins, cleaning parts and replacing parts as i go. polishing alloy etc
trying to reach my deadline for the "oil stained brain" show in melbourne with two weeks to put my bike back together it was a race. i just got my seat upholstered in time as well. with help from a friend. she did a great job.






this is the size of the shed most of this work was done in, also the state it was in after the mad rush.
 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

now its went off to a friends to get the wring done. as i did not have time to fiqure it out.








the last few shots were on the thursday before oil stained brain.
 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

i made it to the show. wiring wasnt finished but it looked complete, it only had to sit there so i was pleased.


 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

i made an exhaust tip, got the wiring finished and she is on the road, am getting a custom stainless exhaust made for her, but here are some photo's i took in my new shed









 

STRETCH-CB

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Re: 75 kawasaki kz400d cafe conversion (australia) SEAT MOUNTING TIPS??

heres a video of it running.

http://youtu.be/O3E_9IOTR3Y
 

STRETCH-CB

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Just trying to get it to run right. Top end sputters but when I back off its okay, pretty sure with the change to my exhaust the back pressure has changed. I need a bigger main jet me thinks. Can any one confirm? Also where's a good place to get new jets?
 

MotorbikeBruno

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STRETCH-CB said:
Just trying to get it to run right. Top end sputters but when I back off its okay, pretty sure with the change to my exhaust the back pressure has changed. I need a bigger main jet me thinks. Can any one confirm? Also where's a good place to get new jets?

Typically if you are able to SLOWLY give it throttle towards the top end, you are running lean. I'd agree with your though on a bigger main. But needle position can play a role in this as well, just as a heads up!
 

Maritime

Over 10,000 Posts
If you are running lean, careful not to push it until you get the jetting right. Prolonged lean can end in bits of aluminum all through the motor that once was a piston. don't ask how I know. Nice work, the paint and matched seat upolstory is killer.
 

STRETCH-CB

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Thanks guys, am having a play around now. Will just have a fiddle ride it fiddle more until it rides nice.
 

STRETCH-CB

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chicano said:
Who did the paint work? Absolutely love it and looking to get my tank painted asap.
I did all the work my self. Everything except for the motor rebuild. I'm a spray painter by trade. If you want your tank painted hit me up. I'd be happy to help.
 

MotorbikeBruno

Over 1,000 Posts
STRETCH-CB said:
I did all the work my self. Everything except for the motor rebuild. I'm a spray painter by trade. If you want your tank painted hit me up. I'd be happy to help.
I thought that looked like you may have done that yourself. Killer work man.
 

STRETCH-CB

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MotorbikeBruno said:
Typically if you are able to SLOWLY give it throttle towards the top end, you are running lean. I'd agree with your though on a bigger main. But needle position can play a role in this as well, just as a heads up!
when you say needle position do you mean pilot needle that is adjustable from outside or the main needle accessible when fuel bowl is off? Gave it a tune up by the book which made it a bit better but still cannot give it the full beans.
 

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