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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 08:24 #808856

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I got all the bugs worked out on my 80 kz1000 so I bought a zx7 cheap and I'm collecting parts for the build.
Swapping in the front end and rear swingarm with the mono shock.
Glad there is so much information on what I need on here.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 08:59 #808859

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Hi, you 80 LTD looks great.... love the way super bike bars makes the LTD series into a muscle bike. That being said IMHO you should find another 900 or 1000 for your project. just saying......
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 10:55 #808865

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That is a beautiful LTD.
If you chop it, sell me the seat and ducktail so I can make mine will look like that bike.
Personally I would keep it the way it is.
Maybe a chin scoop and small fairing around the headlight.
I put KYB shocks on the back raising it 5mm and plan to upgrade the fork springs and add an emulator.
Slightly more aggressive stance and with the fork upgrade will pretty well max out the ability of that old tubular frame.
You can buy that resto mod already chopped up.
People don't seem to keep them after they're done.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 11:25 #808867

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Let me guess.... You don't really intend to screw up that LTD do you? You're just trying to see what folks on this forum will say to such a silly idea, right? Ed
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 11:30 #808868

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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 12:13 #808870

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650ed wrote: Let me guess.... You don't really intend to screw up that LTD do you? You're just trying to see what folks on this forum will say to such a silly idea, right? Ed


it really looks like a NICE Kz1000. Will that be an "improvement? I guess you want to turn it into a zx7? What a waste IMHO. I would fix the ZX7 and have 2 bikes, but that's just how >I< operate.

Steve posted that video again.. (love that video!) I was looking for that a while back on the "cafe racer" thread. I say, what the heck.. it already needs a podectomy. lol

I want the seat / grab bar and duckbill.

I need to get my LTD out for some therapy, especially after reading this. :woohoo:
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 13:42 #808878

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My plan is to keep it as stock appearing as possible with better suspension and wheels.
Like this one in the picture except more polished aluminum and chrome.
I bought the kz1000 at a estate sale so I don't have much information about it.
He was a motorcycle drag racer and the motor is built judging by all the spare parts and aftermarket parts on it.
Doesn't seem so fast to me but my other bikes are a ducati 1098s and klx400r supermoto .
I always owned ninjas my whole life.
I built one like the zx7 I'm using for parts about 15 years ago but this ones far from saving.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 13:47 #808879

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"I bought the kz1000 at a estate sale so I don't have much information about it.
He was a motorcycle drag racer and the motor is built judging by all the spare parts and aftermarket parts on it."

Some guys have all the luck...….
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 14:35 #808885

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Bulletkz wrote: My plan is to keep it as stock appearing as possible with better suspension and wheels.
Like this one in the picture except more polished aluminum and chrome.
I bought the kz1000 at a estate sale so I don't have much information about it.
He was a motorcycle drag racer and the motor is built judging by all the spare parts and aftermarket parts on it.
Doesn't seem so fast to me but my other bikes are a ducati 1098s and klx400r supermoto .
I always owned ninjas my whole life.
I built one like the zx7 I'm using for parts about 15 years ago but this ones far from saving.


No bike is too far from saving. It all depends on how bad you want to save it. My LTD lays waste to every bike I run across, but I do not ride with our local motorcycle maniacs.. the "Street Fighterz". If it turns out like the one pictured above, that IS a sweet looking ride! It's the cobbled up messes that myself and my friends on KZR try to discourage (watch Steve's video) .



Sirrocco has done the monoshock and front end swap.. I know he's watching all the way from Germany. He has a thread on the build here something about a deep sleep mode.. He'll chime in shortly. :-)
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 14:47 #808886

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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 15:02 #808887

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Sirrocco has done the monoshock and front end swap.. I know he's watching all the way from Germany. He has a thread on the build here something about a deep sleep mode.. He'll chime in shortly. :-)


Yes i will finish my mono shock rear end mod, (bolt on mono and twin shock) but want to do some miles first this summer on twin shock.
And a little spoiler what next to my bike: EFI




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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 15:42 #808889

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BTW: the Special engine brackets are for an Suzuki 1100 engine swap.



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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 15:58 #808891

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I'd like to find a tired KZP to do it with. Almost had one. I'd never do it to a nice survivor. :dry:
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 07 Aug 2019 18:49 #808894

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My other bikes. I'm selling the ducati , just built the Indian replica and I'm thinking of robbing my supermoto of its expensive rims for the kz.
I have been looking for the right kz1000 for over 20 years , now I can turn it into what I dreamed of.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 08 Aug 2019 08:18 #808917

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A Ltd kz1000 isnt worth much, it’s not like it’s a museum piece or anything . You clearly got the skills. Eventually we will all be dead and no one will remember or care if you chopped up a stock LTD. have fun with it.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 08 Aug 2019 08:49 #808919

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Keep A Cool Tool Dude!
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 08 Aug 2019 17:15 #808934

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Looks like a fun project .

I would be interested in that muzzy can for my zx 7 if you dont plan on using it
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 10 Aug 2019 06:51 #808982

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I would say, if >I< were used to riding a bike with 160-180 HP, my 39 year old ~100 hp kaw would feel slow. The HP some of the newer bikes produce is insane with improvements like EFI, water cooled, etc.. Yet these old bikes still lay waste to most of the newer stuff. I love when the loud and slow bikes pull up to the stop lights. Almost every one of them say they used to have a Z1 or Kz1000 etc., so I give them a refresher on how well they run.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducati_1098

Your bike may also not be running right. If it won't zing all the way to redline without any sputtering, popping or bucking, it is not running right.
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 12 Aug 2019 17:43 #809086

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Got my new seat in . And alot of parts to get going.
Using the exhaust unless I find a stainless one.
I'm starting on rebuilding the front forks off the zx .
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Time to turn my kz1000 into a resto mod. 13 Aug 2019 06:21 #809101

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Please let us know how you like the seat.
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