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82 kz1000 ground up build 20 Nov 2023 11:26 #891880

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Dropped off gas tank for derusting; modified rad fan to clear engine mount; ordered exhaust flanges/gaskets and lower radiator mount; ordered powder for calipers.  After the holidays i'm gonna get with the welder and have the radiator mounts finished, rear toe brake done and the titanium header welded up.

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82 kz1000 ground up build 28 Nov 2023 02:06 #892152

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Wow, that engine is small, imagine putting that in something like a 1981 GPZ550...!!!!

 
I have even bought a ZX600R 1986 NinjaR engine and all the running gear and cooling hardware.  It bolts right up into a KZ/GPZ 550 frame.  
Just need to find a late model mono shock 550 cheap that I can use as the donor/engineering mule.   

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82 kz1000 ground up build 14 Dec 2023 06:30 #892722

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Engine comes out tomorrow; frame, triples, wheels, swingarm, etc going to powder coat; bodywork to paint next thursday; forks to shop for service; engine to shop for a health check.  Hoping to have everything back by Feb 1 to start reconstruction and get exhaust sorted out.  Halfway there!  Next up, order seat, headlight and mounts, final electrical components and chain line.
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82 kz1000 ground up build 27 Jan 2024 13:16 #894496

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Paints done 

 
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82 kz1000 ground up build 04 Feb 2024 09:38 #894822

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Forks are done.  Waiting on powder coat and engine from shop.  Little behind my original schedule but optimistic to have it completed by May.  
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82 kz1000 ground up build 29 Feb 2024 07:43 #895741

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Getting tires mounted on freshly powdered wheels this weekend.  Got the brake calipers put back together.  Waiting on stem bearings to get the front end put together and swingarm pivot bolt for the rear end. Should have a roller next week.

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82 kz1000 ground up build 29 Feb 2024 07:48 #895742

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Sounds like you are moving along nicely now 
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82 kz1000 ground up build 01 Mar 2024 04:59 #895780

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Wheels are done. need to press in the bearings and get the tires and rotors mounted.
Hyper bronze.

 
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82 kz1000 ground up build 03 Mar 2024 18:00 #895913

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82 kz1000 ground up build 04 Mar 2024 04:37 #895925

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in case anybody is wondering, this is the color scheme i'm matching:

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82 kz1000 ground up build 04 Mar 2024 04:57 #895928

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Is the GTR also in your stable ?

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82 kz1000 ground up build 04 Mar 2024 06:32 #895937

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Is the GTR also in your stable ?


haha i wish! just a pic i found on the internet and i've always loved the millenium jade with bronze wheels.
 
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