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1982 KZ1100A2 17 Feb 2023 12:55 #880340

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Guess what my weekend is looking like...
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1982 KZ1100A2 17 Feb 2023 13:08 #880344

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I am a fan of the weatherproof connectors, especially if the bike will live outside ( car manufacturers have used them on everything outside the cabin for many years)

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1982 KZ1100A2 17 Feb 2023 21:34 #880369

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Looks like your Coke is getting warm
That's a project that will be worth it. We use battery terminal cleaner on the connectors and wash them out with non chlorinated brake cleaner. Then dry them out with the air nozzle, and fill the female half with dielectric grease before reconnecting. The brass parts come out nice, shiny and clean.
We've had great success with this method and have only replaced 2 wiring harnesses in the two dozen bikes we've resurrected. Many of them started out looking like your bike. This 75' Honda CB 400-4 was as bad as your bike before we got to work.
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1977 Kawasaki KZ 1000 LTD
1980 Suzuki GS 1100E
1981 Suzuki GS 1100E
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1982 KZ1100A2 18 Feb 2023 18:24 #880411

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I am a fan of the weatherproof connectors, especially if the bike will live outside ( car manufacturers have used them on everything outside the cabin for many years)

Oh totally! Unfortunately she'll be outside for the foreseeable future, but I have a pretty okay cover to keep the elements out.

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1982 KZ1100A2 19 Feb 2023 14:37 #880453

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Looks like your Coke is getting warm
That's a project that will be worth it. We use battery terminal cleaner on the connectors and wash them out with non chlorinated brake cleaner. Then dry them out with the air nozzle, and fill the female half with dielectric grease before reconnecting. The brass parts come out nice, shiny and clean.
We've had great success with this method and have only replaced 2 wiring harnesses in the two dozen bikes we've resurrected. Many of them started out looking like your bike. This 75' Honda CB 400-4 was as bad as your bike before we got to work.
That's awesome, what a transformation! I'm just a guy with a toolbox, I can only hope to bring her back to her former glory someday.

Some good news, though! After going through the loom, it looks like most of the wiring is in good condition. The connectors are all pretty shot though. One of them basically disintegrated in my hand when I pulled it apart! So, plan now is to just replace all the connectors with the weatherproof ones I bought. 
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1982 KZ1100A2 17 Mar 2023 22:55 #881664

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Nice I have a 1982 KZ1100 D1 thats all ratted out.
78 KZ1000 work in progress in Hacienda Heights California and a 82 KZ1100 Spectra And a 1992 ZX11.

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1982 KZ1100A2 02 Apr 2023 14:59 #882335

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What's up all! Sorry for the lack of updates. Weather's sucked lately! I'm hoping to make some progress with the wiring later this week. I wish my wife would let me bring that inside, but of course she doesn't want stuff getting dirty lol

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