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Headlight brackets 01 Jul 2021 21:58 #851074

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Aloha guys. I'm not sure if this topic belongs here or the electrical since it does involve headlight. anyway, here it goes.

I need some idea of what can be done. Involving welding is OK too. If it's too difficult for me to do, I can always send it out to my friend. But I prefer simpler one.

My headlight brackets are too far gone. This left one is in better shape, but my right is far worse. I been searching evilbay for the pair, or even one side of it for about 3 years now. For now, I'm going to hammer it to make it straight enough to fit my headlight. But if I can, I want a straight bracket but at the moment, can't find any.

Anybody have any good idea what to do?
82' KZ750-R1 cafe racer style. Clip-on, Rear set, Fork-Brace, Mikuni Flat-slide (forgot the size), Kerker.
84' GPz750 (basket case). everything are in pieces.
89' ZX750-H1 (ZX-7 Ninja). Resurrection project are on going with my KZ750. Everything is stock.
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Headlight brackets 02 Jul 2021 17:58 #851140

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What about getting a set of aftermarket headlight supports?
I thought about getting a set, as I'm still waiting on my fairing to get painted.
Z1Enterprises or one of it's sister companies must have a set.

$16:

Lightweight Chrome "Dimpled" Headlight Mounting Brackets - (Fits: 29-35mm Forks) | Kawasaki and Suzuki Motorcycle Parts | Z1 Enterprises



Medium Weight Chrome Headlight Mounting Brackets - (Fits: 28-38mm Forks) | Kawasaki and Suzuki Motorcycle Parts | Z1 Enterprises



Fork Cover (headlight ear) Z1/KZ900 LH & LR Pair (z1enterprises.com)

Stock copies? $55
 
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Headlight brackets 02 Jul 2021 23:03 #851148

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I bought this pair when I was going to do round headlight conversion, but due to many reason, I gave up on that idea and will go stock rectangular headlight.

As you can see, the stock brackets extend out to accommodate the rectangular headlight, but the aftermarket bracket is straight from the fork. I even tried on the fork to see if I can make some kind of extension, or something but the headlight is way too wide.

Found one in decent shape but it's for KZ550 and it's from Germany. About 75 USD shipped, but not too sure of the inner diameter. If I can't find any, I was gonna cut the extended part and weld it on to my bracket, but still searching for the right one.

Should've never let that friend(s) ride my bike when I was younger..................
82' KZ750-R1 cafe racer style. Clip-on, Rear set, Fork-Brace, Mikuni Flat-slide (forgot the size), Kerker.
84' GPz750 (basket case). everything are in pieces.
89' ZX750-H1 (ZX-7 Ninja). Resurrection project are on going with my KZ750. Everything is stock.
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Headlight brackets 03 Jul 2021 07:14 #851163

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the aftermarket bracket is straight from the fork.




 

I think you could make those machined parts work.  The flat mounting ear is a separate piece from the mounting ring.  With some standoff cylinders and longer bolts, you could space the ears away from the mounting rings and end up with whatever width you'd like.  It may not look super pretty, but it should work until you find something better.

www.mcmaster.com/standoffs/aluminum-unthreaded-spacers/
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Headlight brackets 03 Jul 2021 17:31 #851214

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the aftermarket bracket is straight from the fork.





 

I think you could make those machined parts work.  The flat mounting ear is a separate piece from the mounting ring.  With some standoff cylinders and longer bolts, you could space the ears away from the mounting rings and end up with whatever width you'd like.  It may not look super pretty, but it should work until you find something better.

www.mcmaster.com/standoffs/aluminum-unthreaded-spacers/

Thanks for the input. Yes, I thought about that as well, but it needs about inch or so, if not longer, on both side. I was more worried about vibration and fork movements than looking ugly. Since it's gonna be mounted on the fork, I don't want the headlight or the mount to get loose.

Thinking of making just the bracket part of it  from sheetmetal (or something little more thick) and weld it on. But I'm still searching. Not in any rush at the moment. I still need to work on tires and wheels first (to get it mounted and put it back on the bike so I can work on my seat rail section).
 

82' KZ750-R1 cafe racer style. Clip-on, Rear set, Fork-Brace, Mikuni Flat-slide (forgot the size), Kerker.
84' GPz750 (basket case). everything are in pieces.
89' ZX750-H1 (ZX-7 Ninja). Resurrection project are on going with my KZ750. Everything is stock.

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Headlight brackets 04 Jul 2021 15:45 #851279

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Just use a round headlight.....

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Headlight brackets 04 Jul 2021 19:59 #851295

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I'm leaning toward that idea. But I manage to find couple on evilbay. Found few of them in chrome.

I know it's probably best to dechrome them, but that will run up the budget. Can I sandblast that thing and paint it?

 
82' KZ750-R1 cafe racer style. Clip-on, Rear set, Fork-Brace, Mikuni Flat-slide (forgot the size), Kerker.
84' GPz750 (basket case). everything are in pieces.
89' ZX750-H1 (ZX-7 Ninja). Resurrection project are on going with my KZ750. Everything is stock.

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Headlight brackets 04 Jul 2021 20:39 #851296

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Headlight ears, are about the easiest things to make Yourself. I cut a 6 mm steel piece from a plate - shaped it into the inside of the ear, and rounded the edges a little. Then, I clamped sheet metal of correct thickness onto it - and started knocking the edge over the "template. Trimmed away what was exessive material, and welded to two new tubes I also had made.
No, I don't own a fancy workshop. An angle grinder, a hammer, some clamps, an old MIG welder and a small anvil were my tools.
The ears, now look exactly like the original ones, and no one could tell I made them myself.

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Headlight brackets 04 Jul 2021 23:57 #851300

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There's reproductions ones around, I've bought 2 of these...   I'm sure you can funds them in the USA  .

Headlamp for KAWASAKI Z1 Z1A Z1B Z1000 Z900 A4 KZ900 KZ1000 Z650
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Z1 900, KZ650, KZ750, KZ900, KZ1000 ,H2 ,KH HeadLight Rims
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Headlight brackets 05 Jul 2021 00:05 #851301

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There's reproductions ones around, I've bought 2 of these...   I'm sure you can funds them in the USA  .    PS  the bottom link is in the US...

Headlamp for KAWASAKI Z1 Z1A Z1B Z1000 Z900 A4 KZ900 KZ1000 Z650
Completed

Z1 900, KZ650, KZ750, KZ900, KZ1000 ,H2 ,KH HeadLight Rims
Buy It Now

Bike bandit      www.bikebandit.com/aftermarket-parts/ele...ght-assembly/p/47325

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Headlight brackets 06 Jul 2021 02:07 #851363

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I do have a pair that I can part from or when I wanted to keep the square headlight I hammered them out from a 2mm alu sheet.
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Headlight brackets 06 Jul 2021 14:43 #851410

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If you're feeling adventurous and/or have access to the necessary tools you can 3D print some, that's the route I took.

Used ABS and haven't had any issues. Plus you can throw cool looking geometry into the mix.

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