Buy a cheap set of plastic funnels and cut out the Diameter you need for the MC bore. No more or less.
Or ask your local car repair shop for empty cans and funnel in the garbarge like this i had used for the MC rebuild.
I've done a few sets of forks now. I sand out all the scratches, taking care to keep them looking round. Then I aqua blast them and give them a final buffing to sharpen them up just a little. I don't over buff them because I want them to look original. I've been told they were also clear coated from the factory but I don't remember my original Z1 having coating on anything other than the carb tops.
Here are before and after photos.
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.
HRM, those look great... I have another ‘76 set if the polished set don’t look correct... I thought it would be ok to add a little shimmer to the from as I have had the rear brake plate polished... again I have a backup of that also if they don’t look right...
Ok, been a minute. I guess getting items polished and plated in the middle of summer isn’t a good idea. Plater said he needed time for a graduation party and the polisher told me again “ I have you slotted in for this coming week “ same thing I heard 10 days ago.
Anyway I went digging for parts to see what else I could pretty up while waiting, and foun this. I remember it had a scratch in it and I tried to wet sand it out... well not happy I found it this way. Without know what to do I wet sanded more, got up to 1200 paper and thought it looked good till it dried...
What are my options, I want to keep it as it in perfect condition other than my booboo. And it says made in USA on the inside... need some help!
The Made in U.S.A. is interesting, I had no idea they were already sourcing plastic parts here in 1976! As far as returning the shine to your piece all I can do is guess, wax, buffing?
Good Luck! Mike
Former M.E. at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, Lincoln, NE
1966 W1 (the Z1 of 1966-50H.P. and 100mph!)
1974 Z1A (disassembled)
1976 KZ900B LTD (SOLD!) it's in GOOD Hands!
1978 KZ1000 LTD
1976 KZ900B LTD pile O parts!
did you hand sand or use a sander? I have a junk one that I can practice on... wonder if after the Abbresive polish you could clear coat it to increase the sheen... good to see that it’s not junk... at least not yet... elbow grease is some amazing stuff.