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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 28 Oct 2019 10:08 #813164

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That is what I was thinking...
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 11:40 #813223

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More gusset work. A bit tricky getting the fit right, but two pieces make it easier than trying to do a wrap around with one piece.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 12:38 #813225

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It's more fun ruining cardboard instead of metal. Cheaper, too!

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 18:22 #813242

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Started big, then decided not to align with the centerline of the frame tubes.might add some holes to keep air moving onto the cylinder head.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 31 Oct 2019 20:46 #813353

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I had the new tires mounted up. Metzeler Roadtec 01's.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 08:43 #813376

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So the powder coat shop I am working with told me they would prefer the steering head bearing NOT be in the frame when they coat it. The issue I have with that is I need to install the bearings so I can assemble the front end and fab up my new steering stops. I think I will tell them they just need to mask them off well. Once installed, I am not going to ruin them by pulling them back out, and I need to finish all of the welding before the frame gets blasted and powder coated.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 10:45 #813384

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Instead of a cross brace behind the carbs/under the seat, I decided on a single cross tube. It's placed close to the mid point in the frame between the engine mount points and the frame junction at the rear of the fuel tank.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 15:19 #813399

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I want to use a "superbike" style handlebar, but the CBR600-RR front end uses a clip on style handlebar set up. I decided on Woodcraft riser clip ons, with a 3" rise. They arrived today, and I think these will give a better control position that the stock Honda clip ons (I didn't get the bars with the front end).

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 02 Nov 2019 03:53 #813422

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Why not putting risers on top of the top triple tree. Drilling and taping the top to fastning the raiders, or welding for that sake.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 02 Nov 2019 08:02 #813434

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I did not like the idea of having the bars mounted by bolt through the thinnest part of the top triple tree. It is cast aluminum, and I do not have a TIG welder (and have never learned how) so I would need to pay someone to weld it for me. Add the time and expense of fabricating or modifying handlebar clamps. Since this build is a bit of a resto-mod with the modern front end, it was an easier solution to use off the shelf parts.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 02 Nov 2019 12:12 #813451

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What ever works for you. I got to like the superbikes bars a lot, as you got the ĺeverage to stop a slight wobble to turn in to a tanks slapper.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 02 Nov 2019 12:36 #813452

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The last piece of the front end puzzle arrived today. This will stop those little wobbles from turning into tank slappers.
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