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Tribute Bike 15 Oct 2017 21:04 #773034

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I have decided to redo the bike I have. The bike I have is a 1980 KZ1000. It belonged to my friend, a long time friend, someone I called my brother. He passed away 11 years ago, the family contacted me last year and asked if I wanted the bike. Of course I said yes. At the time of his death I have known JB for over 32 years. With all that said, I am going to strip the bike and start from scratch. From time to time I will ask some advise. I will continue to post pictures of the progress. Thank you all for helping me bring my brothers bike back to life.

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Tribute Bike 16 Oct 2017 07:00 #773044

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Moved from Engine forum

KZQ wrote: Hi Folks,
Please read the description of this "Engine" forum before posting here. Seems that a lot of newer members post topics, that belong elsewhere, in this forum just because it's at the top of the listing. In the past we (the Admin Team) have just moved those threads to the proper forums and left a pointer to where the thread was moved. Unfortunately, the pointer thingy doesn't work very well in this version of the software. The end result is that if a thread is posted in the wrong forum we will move it to where it belongs. Once moved that thread may not be easily found. Hopefully this will not result in "Who Deleted My Post?" complaints. I'll leave this thread here for a time and then work it into the forum rules. Thanks for your cooperation. Bill

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Tribute Bike 16 Oct 2017 18:06 #773083

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That's a nice gesture to do for an old past friend! Early style drag bikes are very simple. Plenty of parts are floating around regular on eBay. I know 3 guys in Ohio, A guy in Topeka, KS. As your finding out all these old bikes were mis-matched hybrids of parts The engine with the "E" says Mark II case. I always buy shaft drive 1000's for the cases when I can. I have a few saved. But with a 16 tooth bottom pin in center of crank, crank is welded! with a 124 tooth cam chain, then 32 tooth cam sprockets. You got to be careful when putting these old engines together with different parts. When this is all apart show us the engine pics! BUT I would not think the CC's are that big 1428?? that is a lot of modifying! Lots of oil leaks with those big cylinder liners and bored out cases But good bones. Nice wheels that will polish up like new! Nice swing arm.
Please! RAKE the frame neck! (I'll post a pic of mine!!! jpg[/attachment] ]100_1563.JPG[/attachment] ) It needs to for the classic drag bike look!
And change the Z1R Tank to smaller LTD tank, (But if it was your friend who wanted that tank?) then keep it!!!
Then, I would down size to a 1075cc .410 lift cams that use shim on top like stock oem's. More rideable on the street if you plan that? Or will you drag race it only?
Spend some time and give us a story and your ideas.
I gave up on this stuff, life is too busy and I'm old and broken & worn out!. I sold off most my good parts. But have a couple things sitting for too many years! Yea! I know! read and heard all about those wasted project bikes. Plus I hang with some Nostalgia A/A Gasser Guys that go up the around the east coast.
But nice choice! Build that Old KZ like a Pro-Stock bike from the late 70's. There are plenty of fabricators on this site that build items now. A lot of guys here on this site that know a lot of other guys all over the country. But Dragbike style is not on top of list on this forum.
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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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Tribute Bike 17 Oct 2017 19:54 #773185

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You are right I am finding out that the bike is a bit mismatched, but I'll make do. Nice bike you have, here are a few pics from when I picked it up and now. also 1 pic of the intake port.
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Tribute Bike 18 Oct 2017 07:13 #773211

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Why the need to change so many things on that bike? I'd just sort out the electrical to have a reliable system, ad whatever lights are needed and run it as-is.....maybe lose the NOS bottle though.
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Tribute Bike 18 Oct 2017 15:22 #773252

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Not changing things, take apart to clean up and put back together. Sent out the struts, I want to Black Chrome the frame and swing arm. Hoses, cables, are all shot and need to be replaced.

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Tribute Bike 18 Oct 2017 15:24 #773254

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Bike ready for paint, powder, what ever. It will look new when done.
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Tribute Bike 21 Oct 2017 00:17 #773370

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that is a some radical porting! specs on this motor?
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Tribute Bike 21 Oct 2017 14:32 #773401

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From what I have been told it is a 1480. That is all I know for now, I am sending the engine out to find out what it is exactly, and to have it cleaned up and freshened up.

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Tribute Bike 07 Nov 2017 17:36 #774323

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I am thinking about a mono shock, can anyone give me advise about the geometry.

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Tribute Bike 07 Nov 2017 19:11 #774328

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can anyone help identify these carbs?
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Tribute Bike 07 Nov 2017 19:25 #774330

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sorry for the duplicate post.

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Tribute Bike 09 Nov 2017 06:45 #774370

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cant help with carb i.d but that bike looks killer ! Love the old school drag bike style ,will be watching this thread

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Tribute Bike 09 Nov 2017 18:19 #774402

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For those interested in the engine specs. I delivered the engine to Cavanaugh Racing Heads today, I have engine specs now.
1428 CC, Web Cams 125 460 lift intake, 122 430 Exhaust, Valves are 37.5 Intake, 31 Exhaust, 12.5:1 Compression. I was told the carbs are 33mm smooth bores, is anyone interested in buying them, I was advised on bigger carbs.
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Tribute Bike 25 Nov 2017 13:40 #775059

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Can anyone advise me on where I can get a MTC head? or any aftermarket stock head.?

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Tribute Bike 25 Nov 2017 17:15 #775071

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Not to pry but have you talked to Larry about the head? The MTC or Ward heads are for the serious stuff!!!! Ain't gonna be no street bike and you gonna be investing a ton of money to support the power they can make. You're talking auto trans, big tire stuff here you know.

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Tribute Bike 26 Nov 2017 17:25 #775121

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My engine is a 1428, I am looking for the head because my head has heli coil in 4 of the bolt holes on one cam. I'm looking for the head stock and let Larry do what ever he needs to do for the performance. I just figured the after market head would have more meat so the head wouldn't strip again. If anyone has a stock head for a KZ1000 with no emission holes I'm interested in that as well.

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Tribute Bike 26 Nov 2017 21:18 #775127

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Are the helicoils installed incorrectly? They're supposed to be stronger than the stock threads if done right.
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Tribute Bike 27 Nov 2017 06:16 #775143

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+1.
It evidently was strong enough for the previous owner to flog it at the track. If in doubt, I'd have LC take a look at in and also evaluate the porting job.
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Tribute Bike 27 Nov 2017 16:53 #775184

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LC has the head and he was the one who told me I should get another head. He did inspect them, they were installed correctly. The only thing he said about the porting was he wouldn't have ported the valve stem so much. The previous owner of the bike didn't go to the track, he would street race for money. I was thinking of putting studs for the cam caps to repair the head.

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