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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 3 months ago #511059

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Welcome ColoPirate, I like the direction you are going with your LTD.
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If you have not already checked the stearing lock to lock, this is what you are going to find




Remedy is to block the stops, dent tank for clearance or change tripple tree to non LTD standard with more fork offset. I will be changing the tree.

Also the LTD brake MC works if using clubman bars (tight but workable).

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 3 months ago #511065

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apbling - I used this mostly

www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hand-To...gId=-1&storeId=10051

it worked good to get it to the shape i wanted, then i used a 80grit sandpaper for a smooth finish. one of my pictures shows me using the tool i think. If i make another, which might be next winter, i will use florist foam, it seems to carve easier, the pink foam took a little more work. I also used high strength spray glue for gluing the layers together, which melted the foam a bit, so if you try it get some of the lower strength stuff.

Rainman - very similar! I think with the drag bars my controls are hitting the tank before my triple tree, but when i switch to clip-ons (when i feel like spending another $150) i will have to look for that. what did you use to block it? im having trouble figuring out the picture.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 3 months ago #511079

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Hey Rainman, did you make that cowl or get it from a different bike? Also, is your frame an LTD or standard?

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 3 months ago #511162

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ColoPirate, No blocking yet, I will be swapping the tree for one from a standard (78 KZ650C2) with more forward fork offset.

apbling, the tail is a chopped up tailpiece from a 79 KZ750B4 twin. Yes it started life as a LTD (80 KZ750H1), with slight frame tail chop.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 2 months ago #514940

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Hey Rainman is that the stock tank?

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 2 months ago #514941

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ColoPirate wrote: So after all that this is where I am at, did some more bondo, mounted a new headlight bracket, made a license plate holder, and primed the tank and seat so I can find all my imperfections. It still needs some bondo work but it's closer


ColoPirate, where did you order your tank from? Is it metal? Looks fantastic!

Ryan

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 2 months ago #516333

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What tank is that? I have been working on my LTD cafe build this spring and I'm still trying to find a good tank that will look better on my bike.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 5 years 2 months ago #516349

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Kozaz, no this is the stock tank style


The red tank is from a GPZ750.
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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #534073

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Sorry, been a while, moved, been working on some stuff...

the tank is from a GPZ750, i think it was even the same year, or close to. its an 81-84 i believe. and yes it is metal. I found it on ebay.

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small update, i made the leather seat. I went to a local (littleton, co) fabric place and got some black leather. then for closed cell foam i went to big5 sporting goods and bought a camping sleeping pad for like 5 bucks, cut a few layers out of it and glued them together. so far it works good, but i might have to add to it.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #535221

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So, finally got down to messing with the carbs, since I went with the pod filters I will have to replace the jets. Stock jetting was at 90 65, and I have been told to start with the main, so I am going to start around 130 and tweak from there. Right now the pods are the only change, still have the stock 4 into 2 exhaust, but I am in the mile high city, so elevation is a factor. Wish me luck, I will keep everyone posted best I can.

Side note, my buddy also works with a car wrap company, and is coming by tonight with some vinyl, similar color to what it is now, and we are going to wrap my bike, we will see how that goes as well.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #535383

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So tonight i changed the main jets to 130 and gave it a spin. it seems to run good, i didnt notice any gas smell, but i am going to give it a little ride tomorrow and see if the spark plugs are dark and its running rich.

My friend came by and helped me out with a vinyl wrap for the bike, it wasnt easy but we got it on there. lots of heat from a heat gun, or hair dryer, and some stretching got it smooth for the most part. we had to make a couple cuts, i just have to figure out how i am going to cover them. here are some pics

Pulling over the tank


some more


side covers


some placement


finished product


one more, you can see a cut on the back side of the tank

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #535423

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I like the vinyl. It looks like it would test my patience thou. Nice work.
Wayne

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #535428

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Thanks Wayne, it was tough... probably could have used 1 or 2 other people, but we got it on there with only one or two blemishes. I think it looks good though, only problem is it makes my bondo work issues show...

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 11 months ago #535592

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I just recently did something similar. As to using Florist foam, thats what i ended up doing...i would not recommend it. it is nasty, itchy stuff when you're shaping.

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mikep_937 wrote: I just recently did something similar. As to using Florist foam, thats what i ended up doing...i would not recommend it. it is nasty, itchy stuff when you're shaping.


That's too bad, it looks list it would be easier to work with that the insulation foam was. Has anyone else had similar problems?

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Had the day off, so I worked on a little side project, my buddy got me an old 3/4 helmet, it was in a little rough shape, not quite the color I wanted, so I used some paint stripper, and painted it with a primer. Now I just have to decide what I want to do with it...



Any thoughts?

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 10 months ago #538953

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Well, I think I've got a good balance going on the jetts, 140/65 seems to be running great, I had a gas leak from my carbs on the right side, but a little tweaking from my mechanic buddy got that taken care of, then he balanced my carbs and she running smooth! Went for a little ride last night after work and could t resist snapping a little picture.



So, now that she's running well it might be time to ride till winter, then start with rear sets, clip ons, smaller gauges, and whatever else comes along...

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 10 months ago #542194

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The bike looks great. I want to do the pod conversion on my KZ750 twin, I just have to find someone in the Springs that can tune.

The problem you had with the foam melting when you glued it together was most likely from the CFCs in the spray, not the glue itself. I have found that regular white glue works just fine for holding the foam together. You just have to be patient for it to dry.

Please post what you find for the brake master cylinder. I ran into the same problem when I tried to flip my bars upside down.

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83 KZ750 LTD Cafe Project 4 years 10 months ago #542200

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nice vinyl work I arch those guys do entire vehicles at the shop and I am always amazed when I see it finished

I am always painting something when Vinyl would do Good Job Man!!

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