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77 kz1k restomod 12 Nov 2018 15:17 #793734

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Been floating around the boards a bit and figured it’d be fun to share progress on a 1977 kawasaki kz1000.
The story goes somewhat like this...
Dad bought this from an estate sale a few years ago and my brothers and I ended up tearing it apart to rebuild with some of the spares we had laying around the barn.
Engine went out to the builder shortly after and a few minor parts came in the mail in the mean time. Got it to a rolling chassis then it sat and started collecting dust.
3 years later my dad talked me into taking it home. So I broke down what we had and packed it into my hatchback. Started measuring tings up, making parts list and dropping parts off to various places.
I figured I will have it mostly together by this spring but the goal is to have this ready to give back to dear old Dad in June 2020 for his 60th birthday.

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So far I am nearing completion on the front end. Using a 94-96 zx9 forks/wheels/brakes/clip-ones with stock gauges/bracket. Luckily the kz speedo runs off the speedo sensor from the zx9.
Using the stock gas tank, side panels, rear fender with zx9 front fender painted to match. Gas tank needs restored inside though unfortunately but the other panels look great. My dads a big fan of chrome so I polished up the chrome and have been adding chrome nuts and bolts throughout to keep that look.
Well be using the gs1100 swingarm with dual shocks and a modified rear brake system. This will use the stock brake pedal set up with modern rear master and custom pieces to go from master to pedal. Rear caliper will be from zx10 using zx9 rear caliper mount and custom wheel spacers and 520 chain to fit the 180 wide rear tire.
The goal is to have a retro bike with great power, reliability and updated brakes/tires/suspension.

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77 kz1k restomod 12 Nov 2018 15:22 #793735

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Few more pics I had in my phone yet

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77 kz1k restomod 12 Nov 2018 15:29 #793736

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Ended up getting an aftermarket engine mounting kit from a place here in Wisconsin and came across a brand new Vance and Hines exhaust for a great price on eBay.
It’s a fun bike to tinker on but it’s prety complex for a simple bike.

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77 kz1k restomod 13 Nov 2018 05:37 #793752

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What you've done so far looks great! Is that the original tank shown in '73 colours? It must have been repainted at some point.
I ride Z1's. I have a couple of '75's, plus an '80 KZ1000LTD. My lovely Sweetums rids a 1981 KZ550.

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77 kz1k restomod 14 Nov 2018 20:09 #793808

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For some reason I don’t have permission to see your first set of pictures which makes me want them even more.

I’m dying to ride my kz1000 glad to see others are still crazy enough to modify this classic. I ALMOST regret not doing a restoration instead of the restmod Route.

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77 kz1k restomod 15 Nov 2018 11:24 #793817

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This was originally blue but was repainted by kawasaki cause the blue paint was shit. That’s the story which can be confirmed by looking at the under side of the tank.

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77 kz1k restomod 15 Nov 2018 11:25 #793818

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Ya pics don’t show up for me either! Haha I’ll try to edit and repair.

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77 kz1k restomod 15 Nov 2018 11:27 #793819

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Hopefully these work...
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77 kz1k restomod 15 Mar 2019 18:04 #800398

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Engines almost done!
Going to have it in the chassis by the end of the month.
Got the front calipers rebuilt and the fender just got back from paint. Hard to tell from photos but it is identical to stock paint.
Ordered some odds and ends the wrapping up the front brake lines and the onto the rear end.
Need to order foot pegs and a seat as well.
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77 kz1k restomod 16 Mar 2019 08:02 #800416

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Looking clean. Are you going with clipons? And engine pics? I’m sending my cases off to be refinished this weekend I hope

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77 kz1k restomod 17 Mar 2019 05:41 #800471

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waktaylor wrote: Looking clean. Are you going with clipons? And engine pics? I’m sending my cases off to be refinished this weekend I hope


Yes I’m using a 94-96 zx9 front end “as-is”.
Here’s the engine from a few months ago.
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77 kz1k restomod 17 Mar 2019 10:25 #800496

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Very nice! Im running risers and a fatbar on a cognito moto top clamp on my USD. The clipons are too low for my liking.

Did you polish that case?

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77 kz1k restomod 20 Mar 2019 05:38 #800709

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waktaylor wrote: Very nice! Im running risers and a fatbar on a cognito moto top clamp on my USD. The clipons are too low for my liking.

Did you polish that case?


Very cool. We might convert to handle bars later but as of now everything fits too nice to bother. I believe the cases are powder coated or painted, I forget which. Frame is satin black and paint is the kz900 brown and orange.
Lots of chrome on this one, looks pretty good.
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77 kz1k restomod 24 Mar 2019 05:49 #800948

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Ended up finding a deal on rear shocks so I picked them up and installed.

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77 kz1k restomod 24 Mar 2019 13:41 #800971

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Body work mock-up.
Had the zx9 fender painted to match stock brown color.
Thinking I might shorten the tail 3-4 inches to bring it forward a bit. Looks long at current length and gives it a more sporty look with it slid forward.

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