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TOPIC: Just bought a 1980 KZ440

Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509315

I purchased this bike for my wife to learn to ride on. I paid $1150 for it. I may have overpaid but it is in very good shape, runs good, and only has 6500 miles on it. I attached some pictures. Let me know what you think. Also if there are any tips or common problems with these bikes that would be great also. Thanks, Scott.
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509316

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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509321

Nice buy mate. I'm sure it'll do the job nicely.
As for first steps, I'd highly recommend buying a factory service manual, not a Clymer or Haynes, and doing the routine maintenance: change out the fluids, oil and lube everything, all that stuff. That way you're starting off knowing that it has been taken care of, not just taking someones word for it. ;)
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509322

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Nice reminds me of my old KZ 400 i had

but i will say you got balls for takin pictures in the middle of street (nice job)

have fun with it and ride safe
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Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509329

Those pictures are from the previous owner. They were the only ones I had.
So far the only issue I have is the previous owner removed the stock air box and replaced it with pod filters. I believe it's causing it to run lean. There is a little bit of bluing on the pipes and it has throttle response issues. It runs good but stumbles a little before accelerating. I found someone selling a stock system and I should receive it in the mail in a few days. Hopefully it fits and improves the throttle response.
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509335

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good luck with air filter . and thats a good looking bike. and they are good bikes they keep going & going :woohoo:
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509336

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Hello, Scott, and WELCOME to KZr! :cheer:

Returning to the oem airbox is a wise decision.

If not already done, would consider new tires.
Old tires, even those with plenty of tread, should be replaced.

Good Fortune! :)
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Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509339

Oh yeah I have to replace the tires. They are dry cracked.
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Would also consider renewing the brake fluid by continuously bleeding the caliper, while keeping the reservoir topped off, until fresh fluid emerges from the bleeder.

Be careful not to squeeze the brake too hard, and cause fluid to spurt out the reservoir.

And quickly clean any spilled brake fluid from bike parts. Common household rubbing alcohol works well for cleaning off brake fluid. I use a hand-held sprayer nozzle fitted to a store-bought plastic bottle of alcohol.

Good Fortune! :)
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Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509582

Can anyone tell me how I can know what model bike/engine I have? The title says its a 440D but everything I've looked up says the D is belt drive and mine is chain drive. Also on the side cover it says kick starter but there is no kick starter on the bike. What's up with that? Lastly what does the LTD stand for or mean?
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Pictures of the engine cover in question.
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509586

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You can find your factory service manual here (compliments of the KZ400 Forum):

www.kz400.com/Workshop%20manual%20bilder...Service%20Manual.pdf
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509587

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For your air filter, something to try until you locate a stock airbox is stuffing something inside the pod filters. I don't have pods, but I've seen other guys do this.

They usually use some green scotch brite pads and stuff them into the pod. If you're worried about them getting sucked in you can also put a little wire screen in there.

Maybe someone who's actually done this can chime in.

Basically the idea is to limit the airflow through the pods a little and the lean condition goes away.
Don't let the mod status fool you. I'm a noob like you.

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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509588

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If at all possible try and get the stock airbox from the PO and re-install. The 440's were very sensitive to any changes to the stock airbox due to being jetted so lean for emissions. There is actually a right and a wrong way to install the factory airbox and Kawasaki put out a TSB on it. Put it on wrong and the bike runs like crap. I just sold a bike just like yours last week, only difference is the one I had was black.
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Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509601

The Gringo wrote:
If at all possible try and get the stock airbox from the PO and re-install. The 440's were very sensitive to any changes to the stock airbox due to being jetted so lean for emissions. There is actually a right and a wrong way to install the factory airbox and Kawasaki put out a TSB on it. Put it on wrong and the bike runs like crap. I just sold a bike just like yours last week, only difference is the one I had was black.

The PO didn't have it but I found someone on Craigslist that had one. It should be coming in the mail soon.
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509624

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Scottxd45 wrote:
Can anyone tell me how I can know what model bike/engine I have? The title says its a 440D but everything I've looked up says the D is belt drive and mine is chain drive. Also on the side cover it says kick starter but there is no kick starter on the bike. What's up with that? Lastly what does the LTD stand for or mean?

A 1980 440LTD should be a model A1. LTD doesn't stand for anything, it is the model name and refers to the cruiser style model.

Here is some useful info from Kaw.

www.kawasakiepc.com/SystemSearch_Frames....986&CFTOKEN=14955317
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Scottxd45 wrote:
Can anyone tell me how I can know what model bike/engine I have? The title says its a 440D but everything I've looked up says the D is belt drive and mine is chain drive. Also on the side cover it says kick starter but there is no kick starter on the bike. What's up with that? Lastly what does the LTD stand for or mean?

Looks like an 1980 KZ440-A1 LTD.
This link may help point the way --
Click > www.armbell.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16...f00adbf&mforum=kz400

Good Fortune! :)
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Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509656

Yeah I would say its an A1. I wonder why the title says D.
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Could also compare the engine serial number and VIN.

Click > kz400.com/ModelidentificationFrameset.html

Good Fortune! :)
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Re: Just bought a 1980 KZ440 2 years 4 months ago #509668

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I've got an '82 440D and love it. Big enough to do what I want, great gas mileage. Great bike.
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