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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 04 May 2021 09:22 #847991

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I found a new one. I suppose I could go used, but do I want to?

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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 08:09 #848028

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I should've bought that beauuuuutiful, "running but not running right" KZ400 that just came up for sale for $500 and was gone within hours. At least I can find parts for that.

Now the bike machinist I was sooooo happy to find has backed off on his previous comments that he's sure it would be fine as is saying that "there are no guarantees" the bore is OK, and he got audibly upset that I wanted him to measure it because the Kawasaki specs are metric. "This is why I don't work on metric bikes...". You see, he's a Harley machinist and metric is so hard.    Good freekin grief. Now he says its right at the limit "it might be OK and it might not" so I guess that means I need to rebore. He's already done the head work, which I didn't tell him to do. He was just supposed to tell me how much it would cost. So now I'm pretty much locked into this $600 job, and counting, with a set of piston rings that I can't use.  At least I didn't order the piston...



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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 08:12 #848029

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I should've bought that beauuuuutiful, "running but not running right" KZ400 that just came up for sale for $500 and was gone within hours. At least I can find parts for that.

Now the bike machinist I was sooooo happy to find has backed off on his previous comments that he's sure it would be fine as is saying that "there are no guarantees" the bore is OK, and he got audibly upset that I wanted him to measure it because the Kawasaki specs are metric. "This is why I don't work on metric bikes...". You see, he's a Harley machinist and metric is so hard.    Good freekin grief. Now he says its right at the limit "it might be OK and it might not" so I guess that means I need to rebore. He's already done the head work, which I didn't tell him to do. He was just supposed to tell me how much it would cost. So now I'm pretty much locked into this $600 job, and counting. 



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Geez.. Man, tell him to measure in inches. We will convert it for you :)
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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 08:17 #848030

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I should've bought that beauuuuutiful, "running but not running right" KZ400 that just came up for sale for $500 and was gone within hours. At least I can find parts for that.

Now the bike machinist I was sooooo happy to find has backed off on his previous comments that he's sure it would be fine as is saying that "there are no guarantees" the bore is OK, and he got audibly upset that I wanted him to measure it because the Kawasaki specs are metric. "This is why I don't work on metric bikes...". You see, he's a Harley machinist and metric is so hard.    Good freekin grief. Now he says its right at the limit "it might be OK and it might not" so I guess that means I need to rebore. He's already done the head work, which I didn't tell him to do. He was just supposed to tell me how much it would cost. So now I'm pretty much locked into this $600 job, and counting. 



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Geez.. Man, tell him to measure in inches. We will convert it for you :)
 


I'm not a Harley machinist, I know how to convert measurements.

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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 08:20 #848031

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I'm not a Harley machinist, I know how to convert measurements.

I know you can :) I was just suggesting to tell him that 
Not sure why they do that (work before estimate). As a matter of fact - my head is at the shop right now and guy told me 2 times they don't do work until they call and confirm numbers. For some reason I think I may be in your situation still
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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 11:47 #848051

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Well new oversize pistons and rings are even harder to find (and I won't pay $140 for the one set of rings I found) so I guess I will proceed as planned with one new piston and no rebore and hope for the best. Its either that or abandon ship. I've already spent 300 bucks on the head, gaskets and rings, so whats another 80 for a piston? Then I'm done putting money into this bike, other than filters and fluids. If it wants to break down again I'll take it out back and shoot it.

Have I mentioned how much I wish I had jumped on that 400? 


BTW, the piston I found is a 13001-1279, which apparently superceded the original part#. But I could only find one, in Germany.

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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 05 May 2021 18:08 #848058

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My Kawasaki manuals have both metric and imperial specs.  But they are for Z1's.
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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KZ305 Rebuild...attempt 07 May 2021 14:47 #848182

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Checked my strainer just now - not too bad. I didn't see the problem plug that was mentioned in the other thread, so let me know if you find it. 

 


 



Uhhh...so I'm inside (thank you impact tool!) and I'm looking right at the scene you pictured....where is the strainer???

 NVM. I knew I'd find it 10 seconds after posting, that's why I posted.

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