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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 08 Nov 2019 16:25 #813726

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As my rear brake disc bolts soak to get the rust off, I painted the center of the disk. The stripped bolts will get the heads painted black.



I managed to get one of the front discs bolted up, but I ended up having two of the used bolts break with the correct torque when trying to install the second one. Now that I am getting really good at drilling out bolts and extracting them, I threw in the towel and ordered all new bolts.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 08 Nov 2019 16:31 #813727

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Nessism wrote: Looks like you have added a good bit of metal to that frame. What is your intended usage? It should make a pretty stable road racer.


I am in northern Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. There is a huge amount of mountain roads to ride in a very short distance from my home. It will be a fun weekend bike for sport riding. I will probably not put it on the track, but want it capable to do it.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 09 Nov 2019 14:55 #813752

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To get the angle correct on the steering stops I need to get the front end assebled and the tank back on. Sitting on the new tires (temporarily) for the first time.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 09 Nov 2019 15:15 #813753

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Ran into a small issue. There is a stock bracket welded to the steering head that gets in the way of the Honda upper triple clamp. It has to get cut off, so everything needs to come back apart.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 09 Nov 2019 16:15 #813757

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From the picture, that looks like a perfectly viable steering stop that just needs to be narrowed a bit.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 09 Nov 2019 17:03 #813759

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It's hard to see in the picture, but the contact area was not enough for a stop. Just enough to interfere.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 09 Nov 2019 19:43 #813764

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Ahh
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