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Stripped 83 Z1000 04 Dec 2018 10:07 #794614

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Hi!

I bought this one yesterday, a slightly modified 1983 Z1000.
Rode it home in the currently evil swedish wheather for 20 miles and the bike is fine,
love the upright Scrambler ride position. Smoked a bit from headers 1 and 3 arriving in my garage and I think it´s petrol (black) , pulled the plugs and apart from being the wrong length thread they´re both black and white. Think the carb is not near jetted right
for the open K&Ns and supposed to be other cams too, plus the 4-1 system. Putting 4 new
NGK B8ES in it tomorrow.

Still: great to be here and I will read your posts and probably
ask some idiot questions as well!

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Marty
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Stripped 83 Z1000 04 Dec 2018 13:01 #794624

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Quite the bike. Not only stripped, it has knobby dirt bike tires too. I bet it just lights that knobby dirt tire up instantly. :woohoo:

You are a lucky man in being able to ride it home under it's own power. Most buying a bike that old don't get that luxury, OR pay top dollar then still down't want to ride it home to keep the miles off of it.

There are some good people here, giving out some solid advice. You are at the right place for sure.

Welcome to KZR.
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Located in the Saint Louis, Missouri Area.

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Stripped 83 Z1000 04 Dec 2018 13:11 #794626

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Welcome aboard! You may want to do a careful check of the framework that supports that seat. It looks rather weak to me, and if it fails while you are riding the bike - OUCH! Ed
1977 KZ650-C1 Original Owner - Stock (with additional invisible FIAMM horn)

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Stripped 83 Z1000 04 Dec 2018 13:29 #794628

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The exhaust hanger looks like mouted on the rear brake lever rod, be careful with this mod, plus the rear break line is to short.
I want to se more pics of the swing arm, suspetion to frame Support.

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 00:27 #794658

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old_kaw wrote: Quite the bike. Not only stripped, it has knobby dirt bike tires too. I bet it just lights that knobby dirt tire up instantly. :woohoo:

You are a lucky man in being able to ride it home under it's own power. Most buying a bike that old don't get that luxury, OR pay top dollar then still down't want to ride it home to keep the miles off of it.

There are some good people here, giving out some solid advice. You are at the right place for sure.

Welcome to KZR.


Yeah well it´s in quite ok condition but sure still a 35 year old bike that´s been punished quite a bit, though
MOTd Ok in July and I payed equivalent of 2K USD for it, being that it runs ok and I like the special build it felt
like an Ok deal. I looked at some older bikes same style but decided I wanted something with a bit more oumph
in it and this one has that. Thanks for the welcome Old Kaw!!

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 00:32 #794659

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Scirocco wrote: The exhaust hanger looks like mouted on the rear brake lever rod, be careful with this mod, plus the rear break line is to short.
I want to se more pics of the swing arm, suspetion to frame Support.


Thank you Scirocco, it looks a bit like that in the photo but it´s in fact mounted on seperate bar. The guy before seller did the rebuild with the rear mono shocker
and all, a metal craftsman who seem to have done a good job. would not have ridden it 20 miles if not! :)

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 00:37 #794660

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650ed wrote: Welcome aboard! You may want to do a careful check of the framework that supports that seat. It looks rather weak to me, and if it fails while you are riding the bike - OUCH! Ed


thanks 650ed, I get your point and it is of course weaker than original frame but the guy who built was a metal craftsman and it is
actually sturdier than you would think underneath and solid welds. (famous last words...)

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 00:49 #794661

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In fact I have an idiot question already! :)

Sorry if this is the wrong forum but:
Found the service manual online and being the real deal it says "remove the tank" but not how, I can´t find the mounts?!?
Don´t know if that´s modded too but I can´t see anything in the rear or front of tank that looks like it´s holding it?

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 02:22 #794663

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Remove the seat and you will find a bolt that fastens the tank to a bracket on the frame.
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GPZ750R1 1982
GPZ750A1 1983
FZ750 1985

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 05:56 #794665

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My 83 KZ1100 doesn't use any bolts just rubber mounts. There is a tab under the seat on the back of the tank you pick up on and (supporting the tank) pull back and it will slide out of the front mounts.

This might be different for you, your tank has a different shape then mine. I think they all use some version of the front rubber pucks in the front though.

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 06:11 #794667

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Cool! Tuff! I want to play with it!
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 07:07 #794668

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M_a_t_t wrote: My 83 KZ1100 doesn't use any bolts just rubber mounts. There is a tab under the seat on the back of the tank you pick up on and (supporting the tank) pull back and it will slide out of the front mounts............
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The tank on my 1977 KZ650 is mounted this way too. Ed
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Stripped 83 Z1000 05 Dec 2018 11:27 #794679

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z1kzonly wrote: Cool! Tuff! I want to play with it!


Wow that´s just great!!! Love and understanding :)

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M_a_t_t wrote: My 83 KZ1100 doesn't use any bolts just rubber mounts. There is a tab under the seat on the back of the tank you pick up on and (supporting the tank) pull back and it will slide out of the front mounts.

This might be different for you, your tank has a different shape then mine. I think they all use some version of the front rubber pucks in the front though.


Thanks Matt and that was the case with my 83 too, I remember the Z650 I had many moons ago being the same.
Was about to do a comp test but after having tried 4 new NGK B8ES plugs in it I let it be. Engine runs phenomaly
with clean plugs and will look at carb settings instead.

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Stripped 83 Z1000 06 Dec 2018 06:51 #794725

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Regarding the carbs, I would perform clear tube tests on the carbs to assure correct fuel levels before further addressing carb settings, jets, etc.
This is because fuel level influences the other carb settings. For example, a too high fuel level can cause an otherwise perfect carb to provide an excessively rich fuel mixture, resulting in such symptoms as new spark plugs quickly fouling.

Good Fortune! :)
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KZ900 LTD

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Patton wrote: Regarding the carbs, I would perform clear tube tests on the carbs to assure correct fuel levels before further addressing carb settings, jets, etc.
This is because fuel level influences the other carb settings. For example, a too high fuel level can cause an otherwise perfect carb to provide an excessively rich fuel mixture, resulting in such symptoms as new spark plugs quickly fouling.

Good Fortune! :)


Thank you Patton and that is just what I will do start with checking both needles seats and the floats,
I do suspect that's not been done in a while going on the ugly plugs I just replaced.
And as you say it needs to be done before anything else...

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