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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 06 Apr 2020 01:21 #822692

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Made a start on putting it back together, the wiring was a bit messy so I removed the black sticky tape and fitted braid finished with self-amalgamating tape. I spent a lot of time routing the wiring harness to make it look neat, I'm happy with the end result!
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 06 Apr 2020 11:55 #822730

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I did a bit more work on it today (Covid-19 lock-down is not all bad). I fitted the throttle cables and exhaust pipe, note the heat guards held in place with lock-wire to check placement. The guards are stainless steel and were cut by water-jet, I will bend a curve on the top and bottom and weld nuts on the pipes to fix them in place. Next job sort the rear fender.
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 08 Apr 2020 03:34 #822848

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nice work
great these zs for messing around with plenty of time spare during lockdown.
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 08 Apr 2020 11:42 #822884

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oldblighty wrote: nice work
great these zs for messing around with plenty of time spare during lockdown.


Yes I got quite a bit done this last week!
Where abouts are you Oldblighty? I will be having a clear-out soon, when I have finished this loads of good Z400 bits!

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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 14 Apr 2020 02:18 #823302

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Just about finished now, took it for a little test ride yesterday all seems good! The ride was a bit harsh but I'm used to riding a modern Triumph!
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 14 Apr 2020 06:31 #823312

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Great looking scrambler.
Not that these old bikes came with great suspension, but a harsh ride could indicate that it is over sprung or over damped.
1982 KZ1000 LTD parts donor
1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
2000 ZRX1100 not ridden enough
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 14 Apr 2020 08:12 #823326

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Great job. The bike looks fantastic Pookie.

As for the shocks... they look like the same aftermarket ones I had a few years ago. They are way too harsh for a 550, I can't imagine them on a 400. My friend put them on a 750 and they were harsh. I think they should be used on nothing lighter than a 1000. Like Texas said, they are way over sprung AND over damped.

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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 17 Apr 2020 05:55 #823519

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Any recommendations for what rear shocks I should be looking out for, I'll will be doing a little bit of off-road riding but mainly road?

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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 17 Apr 2020 06:20 #823522

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I would seriously consider Ikon, the old Koni shocks built by new owners. Restocycles carries them. There is a link at the top of the page.
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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 01 May 2020 08:23 #824692

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I think I might give these a go!
www.hagon-shocks.co.uk/catalog/partdetail.aspx?partno=33018TTSS
Not going to order just yet as don't think I will be out riding it for a while.

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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 15 May 2020 03:04 #825791

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Now that some of the lock-down restrictions has been relaxed here in the UK, I have paid the road tax and insurance, so she is now road legal.

I've just been on a 15 mile shake down test ride and I'm very pleased with how it rides. Took it down a two mile dirt track ending in a steep climb and the engine pulled like a train! :)

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1979 UK Spec Z400B2 22 May 2020 02:11 #826314

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Been for another ride on the "Srambled Zed", I love this bike! I put the old mirrors on it to make road riding a bit safer but not keen on how they look, would bar end ones look better?
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