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1976 Kz 900 A4 16 Jan 2021 14:42 #841821

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Need help guy. Be nice I realize that is an open door!

Here’s what I did. Last spring while refreshing the front end of my Kz1000 B2 I went looking for my best idiot light cover. Not thinking I went digging into the stashed Kz900 A4 parts. Now I don’t know which is the correct cover for my 900.

Sorry about the strange angle but it was the only way to not capture a reflection. The one on the right appears to have the letters printed on the inside of the bezel. On the left it is printed on the outside of the bezel. Which one is correct for the Kz900?

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1976 Kz 900 A4 16 Jan 2021 15:44 #841826

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My oridional factory900 a4 cover has the lettering on the inside
76 kz 900 1075 76 kz 900 a4 78 kz 1000 ltd
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1976 Kz 900 A4 16 Jan 2021 15:53 #841828

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My oridional factory900 a4 cover has the lettering on the inside


Thank you. I sure like the look of the Lester mags.
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1976 Kz 900 A4 16 Jan 2021 23:23 #841848

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My oridional factory900 a4 cover has the lettering on the inside


Thank you. I sure like the look of the Lester mags.

Hey Matt? Is that a subliminal message? :laugh:
And I will get to Tripp on Monday. It's about 25 minutes from me. I'm going to have some old crap chrome stripped of some usable Z1-KZ engine covers.
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Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

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Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
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1976 Kz 900 A4 16 Jan 2021 23:30 #841849

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Another project, I am going to paint the black in spokes. They are bringing some big bucks! Those were on the red dragbike when I bought it. That's the same bike with the spokes and GS1100 swing arm.
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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1976 Kz 900 A4 17 Jan 2021 12:02 #841891

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I need to go to the well again.

How do I black back the plastic trim nut on the four way flasher. I’m sure I can restore the white paint on the top of the pull knob the way I did the recessed letters of the hand controls. FYI I soaked the trim nut in DOT 3 with good success until it dried out and returned to its faded gray current color.



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1978 KZ 1000 B2 LTD
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1976 Kz 900 A4 17 Jan 2021 16:23 #841907

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I would try some Back to Black by Mothers.
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.
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1976 Kz 900 A4 17 Jan 2021 23:55 #841912

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Too faded for any rub on stuff! Have to paint it!
Readily available product! Might help along the way with other parts for the resto!
Several of producers of similar paint products. All colors too.
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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1976 Kz 900 A4 20 Jan 2021 11:37 #842067

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I need some advice.

My NOS exhaust is safe at home from Pennsylvania. It’s everything that I could ask for. Maybe too much. I’m having second thoughts. I want my bike as factory fresh as I can. But, as mentioned I don’t plan to sell it, I’m seeing other restored 900A4’s asking good money that have repop exhaust. Are the NOS better off stashed for a rainy day.



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1976 KZ 900 B1 LTD
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1976 Kz 900 A4 20 Jan 2021 11:53 #842070

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Obviously, it's up to you, but if it was me I would install repop exhaust and keep those originals safe and unused. They may be the last set of originals in that condition left on this planet. In my opinion they are too valuable to use on a bike that is actually ridden. They would be better off used on a very minty bike that is only used in bike shows. Ed
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1976 Kz 900 A4 20 Jan 2021 20:36 #842106

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I had a set of NOS Z1 pipes hanging on my wall. I also bought a set of repro pipes from Doremi and decided to put them on the wall and put the NOS ones on my Z1B. While synching the carbs I ran them too hot and burned two of them near the top. Pissed me off totally.

But it's your choice!

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1976 Kz 900 A4 20 Jan 2021 21:44 #842107

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Holy KAW Batman! Those pipes are amazing! Me, being a seller and flipper for profit with most of my stuff over the years. I would take them to the MECUM Las Vegas motorcycle auction and roll them thru on a cart with all those high rollers from Japan and Europe.
They could go for between $3,000 - $5,000 I bet!
But don't even put them on in the beginning at start up. I'd wait till the bike is all dialed in if you plan on using them. I'd go with doremi or sudco re-pops. Someone on FB a few weeks back had a set of Doremi's for $1000 bucks.
How many times have you waxed them? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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