Kaylinator wrote: Still waiting on parts to arrive. Carb kits have been in Mississauga, ON, which I'm sure every Canadian knows as the place packages go to die, even in a normal year.
I did pick up some spare turn signals locally for $20. I saw a post on FB Marketplace for a KZ 900 exhaust for $60! I jumped on it fast, but someone else was faster, so I asked him what other KZ bits he had. All he had left were turn signals, bit can't hurt to have spares.
Am I seeing an optical illusion or do pipes 1-2 bend and wrap around so you can access the oil filter?
Can’t hurt anything being a tad rich. On the other hand if the 102.5’s were to make it lean then that could cause damage. Easy swap if you find your rich. I have been told error on the rich side and correct from there
Carbs are rebuilt and bench synched. Cleaned them up again before rebuilding. When I cleaned them in the spring I frankly didn't know anything. Now that I have a better understanding of how they function, and all of the passageways, I'm confident that there's definitely no gunk in them anywhere.
I'm thinking I need to check valve clearances before I put the carbs back on the bike. Quite honestly, compression on cylinder 3 has been a bit low from the beginning. I thought maybe it would come around, but it didn't. Hoping it's a valve clearance issue, and not anything more serious. I'm assuming I should pick up a fresh gasket right away. Any suggestions on brand/where to buy? Do I need to order new cam end caps too?
You probably should have a spare in case you tear the one on your valve cover but otherwise the old one should be fine. Just be sure to put it back on the same way it was in place when you removed it. I usually put a light coating of grease on the surface to keep it from sticking the next time I take the cover off. I normally buy OEM gaskets...more expensive but you get what you pay for.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.