79 Kawasaki KZ650 - 8 minute video, 282 West, Pennsylvania

xb33bsa

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Re: 79 Kawasaki KZ650 - .350 Lift Cam Info

measure base circle push zero set on caliper
measure the largest dimension, voila the caliper does the math for you,with a direct read of the lift ;)
 

SrgtBear

The arsenic has oddly shaped feet...
Re: 79 Kawasaki KZ650 - .350 Lift Cam Info

Question for Neb and the group.

Read online that adding an oil cooler to this bike is pretty simple. I read somewhere that you can eBay GPZ 750 oil plan and cooler and the bolts will fit directly.

Is it really that simple?

Sample Pic I found:
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Nebr_Rex

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Re: 79 Kawasaki KZ650 - .350 Lift Cam Info

Yes it is. I have one on one of my bikes. Bolts right on.
Only difference is what is showing in the pic. The cooler,
lines and oil sump are shown. But there is also 2 o-rings
that seal the lines to the sump.
 

SrgtBear

The arsenic has oddly shaped feet...
Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Engine Vapor Blasted

Some recent updates - Tore down the engine, ordered a new cylinder block. Vapor Blasted Engine Pieces
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SrgtBear

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Engine Vapor Blasted

Vapor Blasted Parts & Soon to be powder coated pieces:
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xb33bsa

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Engine Vapor Blasted

looking good :) just don't powder coat the upper and lower case mating surfaces and of course not bearing bores neither ;)
 

SrgtBear

The arsenic has oddly shaped feet...
Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Engine Vapor Blasted

Thanks mate. Yeah the engine will stay clean as seen. My powder coater will plug all the holes and machines surfaces for the frame and swing arm.


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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Engine Vapor Blasted

Love the pics and the great tech info posted so far. I've got two-ish KZ650's waiting for attention.
 

SrgtBear

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

My preference for Kawasaki keeps growing stronger when I see things like this. Kawasaki takes a design that already works and just improves on it. As a result, these two Oil Sumps are almost exactly identical except the 84 GPZ750 Oil Sump has oil cooler mounts. Separated by 5 years, this GPZ oil sump makes it super easy to add an oil cooler modification to my 79 KZ650

79 KZ650 Oil Sump vs. 84 GPZ750 Oil Sump
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xb33bsa

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

are you looking for a kawi cooler ?
 

SrgtBear

The arsenic has oddly shaped feet...
Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

A member sold me one but I'll just have to figure out how to mount it next since the holes don't line up perfectly.


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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

Following this sweet project!
Can't wait to see how it mounts up, thinking about doing the same :)
 

xb33bsa

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

SrgtBear said:
A member sold me one but I'll just have to figure out how to mount it next since the holes don't line up perfectly.


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you could convert to jic fittings

https://www.google.com/search?q=jic+fitting&rlz=1C1FLDB_enUS525US525&espv=2&biw=1164&bih=606&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1qNJVObfMunZiALul4DgAQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg
 

SrgtBear

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Re: Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Easy Bolt-On Oil Cooler Mod

A little bit of progress this weekend.
-swing arm
-Progressive Shocks - 14 Series
-Triple Trees
-Battery Box

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SrgtBear

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Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Progressive Shocks

Progress is slow this time of year but I learned how to remove and install a new bearing the other day. My brother showed me to heat the case around the bearing with a torch. Then we knocked it out with a socket that fit the exact size of the bearing.

Greased up the new bearing and case diameter. Headed the case up again then carefully tapped in the new bearing with the socket. This one went in strait as an arrow.

Side note: get this socket organizer from lowes. Husky made. It's metal, has a handle and holds your socket really well. I love it.
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SrgtBear

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Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - Progressive Shocks

Plastic repair using a soldering iron. This piece had a giant crack through it. I pushed the broken seams together and melted the nearby plastic in a back and forth motion to seal the crack.
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