78 kz400 cafe build

What color should I paint my headlight bucket?????

  • Red

    Votes: 4 17.4%
  • White

    Votes: 4 17.4%
  • Silver

    Votes: 8 34.8%
  • Silver with red and white stripes (match tank)

    Votes: 9 39.1%

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MILLENNIUM FALCON

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This is my 78 kz400 6-speed cafe build. I bough this bike for $100 awhile ago but just started working on it. I am working on some rearsets and clip ons. I already drilled the rotor and started working on the seat. I just started stripping and mounting the 72' cb350f tank. I tried my hand at knee dents and it went pretty well. The tank had alot of other dents before I started. I will try to post pictures as I go.
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treitz

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Another 400. Awesome! There a ton of KZ's poppin up on here lately.

It's a fun bike, keep us posted!
 

MILLENNIUM FALCON

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I just finished mounting the tank. I think it will look much more vintage than the stock tank. I used a slide hammer to get out most of the old dents. I started smoothing out my knee dents with fiberglass filler.
 

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MILLENNIUM FALCON

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I cut out the blanks for my ankle gaurds and mounted them. I put c-clamps on them to act as pegs to figure out where I was going to mount them. I got everything mounted. Now I just need turn and knurl the pegs once I part them to length. I dont know If I want to mill slots in my ankle gaurds or come up with a pattern of holes to make it look good and loose some weight. either way I will be polishing everything once its done. So far so good.
 

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MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Just finished the other side. Now Im starting the controls.
 

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MILLENNIUM FALCON

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I set the engine in the frame so I can get my shift linkage figured out.
 

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valvesprung

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Very cool man. I'd be interested in a set of the rear sets without the speed holes, for my KZ400 (though a bit down the road) Sounds like a couple other guys may too if you're up for it.

Have you figured out a good brake linkage yet? Do they clear the kick start lever as they are? I have a '77 which has a much crappier lever for fitment and was told the 78-79 lever was better for this...
 

stik70

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this is going to be a beautiful bike. Your workmanship is superb. Can't wait to see more progress!
Kev
 

MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Yeah I will see how these turn out. As long as I have time, I would gladly make a few more. Send me a pm when you are ready.


valvesprung said:
Very cool man. I'd be interested in a set of the rear sets without the speed holes, for my KZ400 (though a bit down the road) Sounds like a couple other guys may too if you're up for it.

Have you figured out a good brake linkage yet? Do they clear the kick start lever as they are? I have a '77 which has a much crappier lever for fitment and was told the 78-79 lever was better for this...
 

MILLENNIUM FALCON

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All I had to do for the brake linkage was flip the lever on the drum, so it runs above the swing arm. Its not completely done yet, but It should attatch to my new brake arm with little or no bend. I will have to widen the clevis on the end because my new lever is 1/4" and the stocker was more like 12ga sheet metal. I will get you some pictures once I get it all hooked up.


valvesprung said:
Very cool man. I'd be interested in a set of the rear sets without the speed holes, for my KZ400 (though a bit down the road) Sounds like a couple other guys may too if you're up for it.

Have you figured out a good brake linkage yet? Do they clear the kick start lever as they are? I have a '77 which has a much crappier lever for fitment and was told the 78-79 lever was better for this...
 

MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Oh yeah.....the peg clears the kicker by almost 2" on the side and about and 1" behind" As long as your not starting the bike with snow shoes on it should be fine. This was very important to me because I plan on making this bike kick only.

valvesprung said:
Very cool man. I'd be interested in a set of the rear sets without the speed holes, for my KZ400 (though a bit down the road) Sounds like a couple other guys may too if you're up for it.

Have you figured out a good brake linkage yet? Do they clear the kick start lever as they are? I have a '77 which has a much crappier lever for fitment and was told the 78-79 lever was better for this...
 

MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Here it is. There is a split on the side but if you just need the pan i guess it doesnt matter. My internet at home is out so it might be a few days before I can check pm's, but let me know.
 

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