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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 09 Sep 2021 06:08 #855040

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Hello from Chicagoland!

Just Horse-Traded for this beauty, !!!75 miles !!! on her.
But 'Rode Hard and put away Wet' 
Quick tank(not orig), carb & plug clean and still running like crap.
We'll see what unfolds with digging through the Shed Queen Resurrection process.
Looks just like my KD/KE?125 Trusty Dirt Bike  I started with in mebbe 74. My lil Putt-Putt...
Any advice {or derision} is welcome. A Biig change from my 95 Virago 1100!
Thanks!

 
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 09 Sep 2021 10:02 #855052

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Welcome to the Forum and congrats on your find. 
I've had an eye out for a KZ200 for a while. There was a girl at a VJMC event in Helen, GA that had a really cool cafe KZ200. I probably have a picture of it somewhere. 
 
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 09 Sep 2021 13:14 #855071

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Welcome to the forum and thumps up for the good catch. 75 mile on the clock is like nothing. What´s wrong with the org. tank. We need more pics and hit the insert all button next time. You will find a service manual(s) in the data base

 
 

kzrider.com/filebase/category/8-kz200

EDIT: Thank you to the unkown uploader of the 5th. edition of the KZ200 FSM
          A "what´s new" hint to the new added data base files would be a great/helpful forum upgrade
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 17 Sep 2021 10:40 #855407

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UPDATE 9/17 Well, Guys, hadn't set Points in a long time! the Dwell-light-bulb method still works well! Wanna try Stock 1st, then mebbe E/I
ANNOYING that the Oil Filter's in the Engine Case!
BAD NEWS, while the oil was still clear brown when drained it did smell Gassy... pulled carb off and did a compression check 
60psi cold, carb off WOT dry  90psi with a 1/2 shot of 80-90.. It's bleeding at the head gasket. The AW S--T of the month... GRRRRRrrrrrrRRRR.
My forensic de-construction guess is O/O left petcock on and cranked into a hydro(gas)-locked engine blowing the head gasket bitd...
The KZ-200 seems to be somewhat a Red-Headed Stepchild. Simple enough engine, though shouldn't be too tough...
Lurking the nether-regions of the Internet for a Head Gasket set.
OR Sell, if the Offer's Right.....any pointers?
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 17 Sep 2021 15:56 #855419

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Partzilla shows them in stock.

You will need at least reference numbers 14, 15, 17 and 20.

www.partzilla.com/catalog/kawasaki/motor...linder-head-cylinder
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1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 18 Sep 2021 09:26 #855446

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TEX;

Yup I saw the 'Donut' style OEM;
The inbound one is a 1 piece aftermarket that seemed to be the consensus 'Upgrade, Fix' for the issue...
Draining the Gas tank and lurking my Electronics budds for Ferric Chloride to 'Gun Brown' the inside of the gas tank so it'll never rust from the inside. [15Y so far on my Virago]
Looks like I'll have 2-3 weeks for a good 'pickling' on the steel 2 stroker tank that came with it... I may Lurk for a stock tank, dunno...
Anyone have period KAWASAKI tin for the tank [KD,KE 125 style?]
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...

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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 19 Sep 2021 10:33 #855476

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I think you are overthinking it.  Probably just stuck rings. Clean the carb, tank, points, install a new battery and run some premix through it.
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 20 Sep 2021 10:48 #855529

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Not Stuck Cranks & runs, though!
Naaah at 18HP in full high compression shoving my 250lb butt around It'll need all the compression it can muster.
Parts inbound, Rainy day so I'll clean off the workbench for the new gasket job...

The Definitive test was when the compression test oil was blowing/leaking out around the head-to-block seal...

 
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...

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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 20 Oct 2021 15:32 #856845

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The Saga continues!
Got the head  & gasket off and scoured the 'donut' rest and head where exhaust/power was leaking, smoothed out blowtorching, still flat in daylight...
Reassembling tomorrow!

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78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...
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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 04 Nov 2021 08:15 #857376

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The Adventure Continues!
Lurching forward...

Trust Nothng in anything this old...

PO had set the Valve Lash too tight, Glad It hadn't been run much with it that tight...
130psi open intake now...
Did manage to 'Snag' an extra '79 engine/trans carcass and an extra head! 
Bottle start soon!

 
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...

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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 11 Nov 2021 15:14 #857808

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IIITTTSSS           AAAlLLIIIIIVVVEEE!!!

Browned Gas tank, Cleaned carb, Head Gasket Cleaned Head/Jug  oil galleys, Cleaned & set Ignition Points, Valve Lash reset...

Carb's inconsistant and rubber's probably dried out... Any recommendations, VM22/26 & jetting?
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...

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"NEW" 1978 KZ-200 Thanks for the Add.... 01 Dec 2021 09:33 #858517

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After beating my head on the KEHIN and discovering the rubber O-Rings had dissolved I figured a new carb was far less expensive than fixing the old one.
I still haven't run it more than a mile or 2 since then but it's holding a consistant idle and kicks on the first crank.
More in Spring when I can put 40-50 miles or more on it and check plug flash....



This one Fits and seems to work.Carbman YFS200 CARBURETOR ASSYChoke button bumps against stock petcock(leaky) so I replaced it with this;QAZAKY 2pc Fuel Petcock Valve Switch Compatible with Kawasaki Bayou 220 300 400 KLF220 KLF300 KLF400 KL250 KZ305 
 
78 KZ 200, 75 miles.
95 1100 Virago, 110Kmiles.
99 A4 Quattro, 290Kmi.
02 Merc. Sable 190Kmi.
Ham Radio since 1974...
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