Can anybody verify the Year they quit using the Original Fukusan rear brake switch on the Z1. I know the KZ1000 used the superseded style with the rubber boot... soo...maybe early 1974? I rebuild the Fukusan units, yes they come apart, re-zinc and clean contacts. They also appeared on several other early 70's models. Only difference was the wire length and connectors. Knowledge from members, as always,
The newest Z1-A we have, ser.# 420xx has the Fukusan switch, wires exit vertically from the boot.
The oldest Z1-B we have, ser# 759xx has a booted switch. The boot is molded so the wires exit at a right angle. The body of the switch is slightly shorter than the other Fukusan switches. We're second owners of this bike so it may not be OEM for a Z1-B, but bike is unmolested original otherwise. Perhaps mama Kaw had more than one supplier during production?
The newest Z1-B we have, ser.# 770xx has a booted switch, wires exit vertically from the boot.
John Brookes' excellent publication "Kawasaki Z1 & Z2 1972 - 1973 Restorer's Handbook (Fourth Edition)" makes no mention of anything other than the Fukusan switch.
John is currently working on on the fifth edition.
I'll post the question to him.
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As always thanks a bunch Jim! I remember having an early booted right angle exit switch somewhere but don't know which box I put it in? Trying to sort-out all the detail original stuff to make re-assembly for the 73 Z like assembling a kit.