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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 20 May 2015 10:28 #672882

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While looking over the machine, it seems to be all there. Picked up some engine cleaner and am letting it soak. Will go out and squirt it down. There is some has in the tank and it's starting to turn. I left the battery on the charger over night, it tried to turn it over but no UMPH. I'll take out the battery and add water if needed. Of course the carbs will come off for cleaning and testing. Also I can locate the oil leak. It seems to be coming from the cam chain adjuster area. It has air shocks and air assisted forks, they leak. This is what I have so far.
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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 20 May 2015 22:39 #672948

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Took the carbs off, they were as bad as I've seen. Slides stuck,floats, needles and seats, main and pilots clogged, green goo everywhere. I pulled them apart and cleared all passages and jets. One carb failed the thumb test. It probably will work but not like it should. The pilots are so small even a strand from a wire brush wouldn't go through them. The choke circuit was hard to clear with the guitar string method but it did eventually. I had to use the smallest jet drill on the pilots. The low speed screws were out all the way. If I made the jets a little bigger, it would be compensated being it is the fuel not air mixture. No way would this thing run. The plugs look great so it should run. No oil fouling or anything.


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Have them together and will put them on in the morning. The battery is new from AZ, or at least it was new when parked. I pulled it out and found two dry cells. I don't think the PO filled them all. :ohmy: I have some left over acid so I filled them. When I put on to charge, it tested at 14.5 volts immediately. I know it won't last but it should start the bike. The idea is not to spend any money until I know if it's worth it or not. Find out tomorrow.
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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 20 May 2015 23:26 #672950

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Good find Dude, looks in decent shape, kep us informed of progress :)

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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 21 May 2015 09:15 #672993

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yeah those carbs were pretty bad! :(

So your thinking the oil leak may not be too bad?? I guess you will find out when you start it :woohoo:
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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 21 May 2015 10:14 #673000

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It lives! :woohoo: Looked like the oil leak was from the adjuster. Only place with baked on oil. I opened it and no O ring? I used a little silicon, took it up the street, no leak. It now has graduated to Bossie's billet patio where I can dial it in out of the wind and sun. B)
More a little later.
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KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 21 May 2015 11:04 #673002

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Good timing. The wind is really kicking up now. The carbs are TK's. I've read about how hard they are to tune with pods. :unsure: The boots to the air box are pulled back in case I had to adjust the floats and it ran fine. :whistle: It pulls good in all gears but I can tell the air box needs to be hooked up. The seat is comfy, too bad it won't fit mine. The wind screen is huge but I can see how someone would like it. Everything works. I'll dial it in, hook up the box, air up the shocks and try the front. I guess I could list it as is now. If I'm going to spend money on a bike, I'd rather spend it on Bossie.
Here's some pics.
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 21 May 2015 11:21 #673004

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Congrats! Looks like a fun one. Don't let Bossie get jealous!
Whip it like a mule!

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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 21 May 2015 17:23 #673051

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She won't, she's the queen around here. I know someone that wants a bike like mine. Known him for years. I don't care for him because he's a jealous FK. I can't stand people like that. To top it all off, he doesn't pay anyone what he owes. Too bad, it would be perfect for him. I'd better sell it soon before he sees it and starts sniffling and complaining to others how much a A hole I am. Been there with him.
It would be better to sell it to someone I don't know. I've made that mistake before.
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 22 May 2015 08:37 #673141

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My daughter suggest I ask you guys what I should ask for it. Who else would know best the value of these small fours? I got a release from the PO saying he sold it parts only. He tore up the title and kept the plate. So my question is, what would be a fair price for a 84 KZ 550 in good condition and no title?
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 22 May 2015 20:07 #673237

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I wish I lived closer . I would love that bike for my wife
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 22 May 2015 21:38 #673240

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Yeah, she's a pretty sweet little bike. Needs some TLC. A little rust here and there but is presentable.
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 22 May 2015 22:39 #673246

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swest wrote: ...I got a release from the PO saying he sold it parts only. He tore up the title and kept the plate. So my question is, what would be a fair price for a 84 KZ 550 in good condition and no title?
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My cynical mind tells me he is a liar and never owned it or it's stolen...
So, just take the VIN and go to the local State dept and find out what the scoop is... you'll find out if it has ever been reported stolen.
If not, simply, you or he file for a lost title
It's like $10.00 here.
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 02:18 #673268

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Tore up the title? What kind of story is that? Maybe the guy really did, but I'd have to think to tear up a title like that you have got to be chemically assisted or something
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 06:02 #673278

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That's my next step. Go to the CHP and run the plate and VIN. He told me his wife got everything and he is moving back east. He's on dissability and she doesn't want him anymore. It might be a case of if I can't have it no one can kind of thing. That may be why he wanted to sell it parts only. WAAH. :P If it's stolen, I've got his cell#, address, copies of his CL ad and his statement. If it goes bad, all I've lost is $100 in fuel and time. We'll see.
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 12:54 #673336

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If it is stolen, you get to charge the actual owner a recovery/collection fee. And a tidy one at that!
Especially if there was an insurance claim made.
You probably will get to keep it for a very small amount of salvage value.

I'm a retired auto claims and total loss adjuster from two of the BIG Three....and have seen it all.....
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 14:45 #673344

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So if that happen, how should I go about it?
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 14:50 #673345

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I just talked to SO dispatch and it came back clean. Plate is good and the vin matched. :woohoo: My neighbor offered $600 for it. I think I'll go for it, besides, it will kinda still be in the family. :)
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 15:15 #673350

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If your bill of sale is also notarized, you might be able to get the local sheriff to issue a vehicle inspection and with a VIN check being clean... just apply for the title!!
Sounds like a great deal to me... $600.... too cheap in my book unless you are doing nothing to it.
I'd buy it if local with a title!
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 16:51 #673363

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The way it works in the Socialist State of Californicate, :evil: They go back 3 years. Fees and penalties can be $600. CHP gets half. :angry: Being it has no plate, sold parts only. I think it can be a salvage title. That means under $200 to get it legal. :) All i"ll do is sync the carbs and let it go. B) He wants to pay me to put in fork seals and mount a rear tire. I'll make more money that way. I've been thinking of wrenching again on a small scale, so this might be a start. I'm also trolling for more fish. :whistle:
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Re:KZ 550 LTD shaft, will it live? 23 May 2015 18:15 #673382

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My daughter and granddaughter came for a visit. Guess what Kayla did the first thing.




Yup, like a moth to a flame. Too bad I have to sell it. I forgot it has 6 gears. I DON'T HAVE 6 GEARS. I'm impressed. Took her for a ride up the street. :woohoo:
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