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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216290

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Hey all,

Since I didn't really nowhere to place this posting in the forum, I figured this is a good as place as any.

As can be reviewed in the next two postings (only 1 image at a time :blink: ) I finally have started putting the old girl back together. Still have a lot of work but she is looking friggin beautiful!

Constructive criticism welcome....

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216291

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Swing Arm Image set 2....

BTW... This is not chrome boys & girls but Buffed Aluminum... :woohoo:

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az
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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216296

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Forgot... Paint Job on Tank...
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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216299

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I recently got a gs1100 swingarm to put on my '77 1000. It needs a good cleaning and I would love to end up with it looking close to as nice as yours. Please explain what you did to get it to look that good

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216309

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lots of block sanding followed by lots of rubbing and buffingB)

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Still recovering,some days are better than others.

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216330

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Looking good! I'm starting to rethink my 2 year project and get it back together. :blink:

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216340

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kztee,

As Plummen wrote, patience and time is required. It took me roughly 2-3 days worth of work to strip the arm of factory black paint then sanding and buffing.

The trick is.... Apply your compound for 1 second only on your drill buff wheel while spinning. Don't apply too much at one time for it defeats what your trying to accomplish.

Then apply to your part for buffing. Don't work in just one spot, move it around as you would if sanding for example. The buffing wheel will go black in color as expected for your actually cutting the surface. Once you see that your not really cutting any longer, apply again your compound for 1 second and repeat.

For deep scratches sand down with 80 grit sand paper, then work your way up to 1000 grit to 2000 grit. For light surface scratches then buffing with Tripoli (medium cutting) should work just fine.

Then using a buff wheel on a drill (available at Lowes or Home Depot), buff with Tripoli to remove medium depth scratches and finish off with white compound (light cutting) for Bling!

Use the forum search key "Aluminum Buffing"... There's a lot of these guys that already have it figured out and have provided the answers for some truly beautiful work.

And by all means, post some images once finished and a write up of what you did, share the wealth of knowledge. B) Good luck!


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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216379

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oh yes good job omr.now post soem more of them pictures that you have been keeping from us :P .btw how is your front end coming?

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216382

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I like your paint colors. I have been considering a similar combo with red and silver accent striping.

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216383

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Nice work on the shock mount! Looking good.

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216450

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When I stop drooling I will get back to you on all of that. lol Love the paint and thanks for the 1 second tip. I just finished buffing my stuff and was holding the compound for at least a couple of seconds. Now I know. I started with the sand paper to remove all of the casting marks, etc. Lot of work that came out to be but I am glad because it was well worth it. I went black emory to the tripoli and then white but man those little scratches take a long time to get out! Don't hold back with the pics.
Pretty soon here I will have some time off and will do the same to my ride.:woohoo:

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 11 months ago #216495

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Maybe this will help...

Caswell tutorial/guidance explains the compounds and buffing wheels to use.

http://members.cox.net/ruinsofstei/Buffbook.pdf

Remember, Use little (compound) and use often is the key;)

Now onto buffing my rims...

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 10 months ago #217211

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Rear Rim... Cleaned, Buffed and Installed....

(NOTE: Next 3 postings for images)

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 10 months ago #217212

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Buffed Rim 2....
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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

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Buffed Rim 3....

1) Cleaned and Taped off.
2) Fiber Wheel from ACE Hardware... Clean off factory rim paint.
3) Start with 120 sand paper to 800 grit.
4) Buff with Emory, then Tripoli then finish with white.

Onto front Rim...B)

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az

OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 10 months ago #217255

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I love your work and pics. I am so looking forward to seeing this one together.

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 10 months ago #217278

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Very nice!
I'm planning on polishing the lips on my wheels too,whenever I DO get to my conversion.
That looks sweet!B)

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OMR: '76 KZ900 Restoration/Modification 8 years 10 months ago #219413

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Joe,

Well, I had a peek at the project and it looks GREAT! You're a stickler for details and I love it!

The paint was everything you said it was. I'm going to scope some out shortly.

Keep up the good work. Holler when you're ready to ship the stuff for mods.....

Larry C

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Thanks Larry, I figured you'd like that paint... ;)

Quick image update all,

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NOTE: Something weird with the site, won;t download images so trying to link to images and posting in the next 3.

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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az
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1976 KZ900-A4
MTC 1075cc.
Camshafts: Kawi GPZ-1100 .375 lift
Head: P&P via Larry Cavanaugh
ZX636 suspension
Keihin, 29mm CR specials
Kerker 4-1, 1.5" comp baffle.
Dyna-S E.I.
Earls 10 row Oil Cooler
Acewell 2802 Series Speedo/Tach
Innovate LC1 Wideband 02 AFR meter

Phoenix, Az
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