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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 04:50 #798149

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Yesterday i fetched up a Kawasaki 440 for 300€. 2 morors, foot rests, a stupidly sawed off rear, super ugly bench, 2 carburettors with the short sliders and a lot of headlights, indicators and other Gelump:
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 04:51 #798150

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Of course, it can't stay that way. First the whole thing is taken apart to connect the frame with a reasonable loop again. I will repair rust spots on the frame and repaint with 2k can paint.

I got an international carburetor before I had the bucket in the garage. It has a diameter of 36 instead of 32mm and prevents the torque from dropping at higher revs. The German carrots were castrated with the smaller carburettor (with mega complex cold start mechanism) and short sliders on at that time insurance-favorable 27PS.
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 04:54 #798151

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Unfortunately, I destroyed a throttle valve shaft of when I was trying to get the thing going. Lesson money for the impatience : 100 € for another carburettor ( Nr.4 ).



But I saved 35€ yesterday when I discovered a second brake disc in one of the boxes. Together with the brake system of a GPZ 900 I can control the murderous power of almost 40hp with a double instead of a single disc brake.
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 09:16 #798181

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A good start for a 300 euro project bike. Where are you located in Germany?

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 10:54 #798190

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Thanks, Hamburg

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 13:10 #798196

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looks like a fun project
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'78 kz1000 LTD long term project

'80 kz750G project

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 04 Feb 2019 14:53 #798202

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Thanks for saving it. Clearly, it is the victim of an abusive relationship.
1982 KZ1000 LTD parts donor
1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
2000 ZRX1100 not ridden enough

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 08 Feb 2019 11:26 #798364

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Carb No. 4 has arrived and looks pretty good:

I think no sound bath neccessary.

One one the previous owners has already replaced most of the screws with VA-Inbus Screws and secured them with spring washers. I think that makes sense since the KZ isnt free of vibrations. But i think i will use loctite instead of spring weashers...what do u think?
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 08 Feb 2019 14:37 #798368

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Spring washers only are ok, no Loctite needed.
BTW, Inbus screws are called Allen head screws. Inbus is a Trademark Name in Europe (Germany).

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 09 Feb 2019 01:31 #798376

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Scirocco wrote: Spring washers only are ok, no Loctite needed.
BTW, Inbus screws are called Allen head screws. Inbus is a Trademark Name in Europe (Germany).


Ah thanks.

Are the mufflers/exhaust of the kz440 in germany different from the international versions?
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 09 Feb 2019 05:48 #798381

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The DGM number is a requirement for import into Italy. It's on a lot of parts. The photo shows it on a Z1 exhaust.

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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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 13 Feb 2019 12:40 #798607

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Thanks; so there is no need to change the exhaust in the search for more power. But unfortunately my exhaust are so rotten, i will have to exchange them anyways...
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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 13 Feb 2019 17:46 #798613

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Looks like you got yourself a good project,

Is the side cover actually missing? Like some attempt at an "open primary" ? Or had you removed it? Lol

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KZ 440 LTD - Shiny shiny! 14 Feb 2019 05:48 #798630

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The side cover came in box with other side covers and a second engine....

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