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77' KZ1000 LTD 06 Nov 2022 01:32 #876451

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Looks like a lucky escape, the bike is coming along nicely
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77' KZ1000 LTD 06 Nov 2022 06:17 #876463

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Thanks for the pics on you project bike, looking good!
Glad your fallen tree did not hit any of your buildings.
We had high winds in Illinois yesterday also and a large branch fell in our back yard.
The good news is that the winds blew all of the leaves off of my lawn!
1978 KZ 1000B (73 tribute)
1977 KZ1000 project
1976 KZ 900
1976 KV 75
1976 Honda Elsinore MT250
1974 Z1 900 project
1971 Honda CT70
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77' KZ1000 LTD 11 Nov 2022 12:06 #876651

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Looks good so far. If you're planning on fitting a stock exhaust I think it is going to interfere with your center-stand which is why the LTD never came with one. I had a '78 until 5 years ago and made a rear axle lift as it is a pain not to have a center-stand, but trust me, they do look way better without one.
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'88 ZX750R braided lines, mostly original
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77' KZ1000 LTD 11 Nov 2022 13:09 #876662

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Looks good so far. If you're planning on fitting a stock exhaust I think it is going to interfere with your center-stand which is why the LTD never came with one. I had a '78 until 5 years ago and made a rear axle lift as it is a pain not to have a center-stand, but trust me, they do look way better without one.



This bike came with a chrome Kerker when my uncle bought it in 78'. The header tubes were in pretty rough shape. I bought a Delkevik stainless exhaust system for it that is supposed to clear the centerstand. The Delkevik system we put on the 80' Suzuki GS 1100E fits perfectly with the centerstand on. We don't care about how it looks with the centerstand on because you can't see it while riding the bike.
 
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1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
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1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1983 Honda CB1100F
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77' KZ1000 LTD 26 Nov 2022 15:00 #877217

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We started installing the wiring harness after some repairs. We also installed the swingarm and shocks today.I have been cleaning up the fork lowers after stripping off the clear coating with a brake fluid bath. I'll be giving them a satin finish with 400g and using only sanding strokes around them, not lengthwise. I also smooth out any casting ribs and rough sandcast texture before sanding.
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1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1983 Honda CB1100F
1984 Honda Sabre 700
1984 Honda Interceptor 1000
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77' KZ1000 LTD 30 Nov 2022 18:45 #877378

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I finally finished the first fork lower. Then I figured out we got the wrong gauge mount and we needed different intake boots for the RS34 carbs. We sorted that out and got the K&N pods on the way. We also ordered a new gauge wiring harness because all of the bulb sockets self destructed pulling them out of the broken gauge mounting bracket while pulling out of gauges from the broken gauge mount.
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1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
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1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1983 Honda CB1100F
1984 Honda Sabre 700
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77' KZ1000 LTD 01 Dec 2022 05:23 #877384

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That fork looks excellent!
I have several restored bikes along with a 2006 Goldwing with a sidecar. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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77' KZ1000 LTD 01 Dec 2022 15:28 #877401

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Yes forks look great!  What was you technique ?  Brake fluid is a fantastic paint stripper and 400 grit sandpaper? Wet? 
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72 CB 500 Four
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77' KZ1000 LTD 01 Dec 2022 21:03 #877408

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Yes forks look great!  What was you technique ?  Brake fluid is a fantastic paint stripper and 400 grit sandpaper? Wet? 
please share  Thanks!



After the brake fluid bath I use a 6" coarse flat file and a fine round file to remove any casting and grinding flaws. Then if I need to because of corrosion pits I start dry sanding with 220g. Then I use 320g and finish with 400g.
All sanding strokes are around the part, never any lengthwise sanding strokes except for the fender and caliper mounting lugs. They are sanded with only lengthwise sanding strokes. Kinda like painting six panel doors, all of the brush strokes in the proper direction.
It turns out very close to the original finish but way better because of filing the casting flaws smooth before sanding. Hope this helps.



 
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1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1983 Honda CB1100F
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77' KZ1000 LTD 05 Dec 2022 13:30 #877545

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Mmm six panel doors?   Wow, quite the coincidence 

what I did last weekend!
1978 KZ 1000
1982 GS 300 training bike
Previous Rides...
75 RD 350
72 CB 500 Four
72 SL 125
71 CT 70
69 3 1/2 HP mini bike
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77' KZ1000 LTD 08 Dec 2022 11:21 #877614

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Yesterday we picked away at the wiring harness repairs and did the final fitting on the new seat. We also installed the battery box, electrical panel, rear brake master cylinder and pedal. I'm still working on smoothing the upper triple tree and refinishing the fork lowers.
The Rust Bros. Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1983 Honda CB1100F
1984 Honda Sabre 700
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77' KZ1000 LTD 08 Dec 2022 12:03 #877617

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Bike looks really good Kelly; you should be proud of what you have achieved and in a short timeframe
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