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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 26 Jan 2009 05:48 #260241

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Well, I got the bike up and running just in time for winter, but now I have to change stuff!

It started with this:
Katana Swingarm thread

I won an arm and axle on ebay last week and it should be here soon.

Yesterday I was talking to a friend and asked if he knew anyone who could make me a 20mm outer/17mm inner sleeve so I could use my wheel on the axle for the swingarm.

He offered me pretty much anything I want (suspension wise) off a CBR600RR parts bike he has.

We did some googling and the rear axle is 17mm, and the rear tire size is 180/55/17 and the chain is a 525.

I jumped on JT sprockets and found a 525 front sprocket that will fit (01-05 GSXR600)

I am also going to pull the front forks and see how hard it would be to swap them.

I'll start posting pictures once I get the parts.

Right now the bike looks exactly like the above pictures, minus the rear wheel and swingarm.

I can't wait to get started, I wish it wasn't so cold here. The old KZ's not going to know what hit it.:laugh:
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 26 Jan 2009 08:49 #260277

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cool,what kind of header is that?looks like some kind of a yosh spinoff B)
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 26 Jan 2009 09:33 #260283

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Gemini...at least that's what the can says on it. The header has no markings. :S
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 26 Jan 2009 09:39 #260284

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i used to have a gemini.we all passed it around and then my ex-brother in law ended up with it,i asked him about it a few months back and he said it disappeared out of his storage:angry: .
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 26 Jan 2009 10:06 #260287

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reminds me of one of these B)
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 26 Jan 2009 14:47 #260344

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I got the swing arm tonight.

Couldn't do much, but I took a few pictures to show the difference between it and the stock arm.

1977 KZ1000 swingarm vs. 1999 Katana GSX600F swingarm



The Katana arm is almost exactly 4" longer.

I also picked this up, along with the diodes and resistors I need to make it work with the KZ ignition system.



More pictures when I get more done. :side:
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 27 Jan 2009 09:39 #260470

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it's hard to beat the kat arm if you are wanting to extend and widen the back.plus the fact that it is steel makes it easy to modify it for dual shocks.
are you liking it?or thinking you might go a different direction?
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 27 Jan 2009 09:42 #260471

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are you thinkin that you will use the kat arm and the honda wheels brakes and frontend?sounds like you might have everything to do the complete conversion.
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 27 Jan 2009 10:28 #260476

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The Kat arm was a great buy, it seems like a nice part if you are looking for a wider and longer swingarm. It was nice because +4 inches is exactly where I wanted to be.

Can beat the price either...they are all over ebay for cheap. Paid $30 plus shipping for this one.

I definitely want to use the Honda parts, but some digging in Honda parts diagrams shows I was way off on the rear axle size. Looks like its even larger than the 20MM KZ axle. 28MM I think!

I am going to get them and do some measuring, but I think I am going to put the bike together with the stock rear wheel/tire for now.
I don't want to be stuck with no bike to ride when the warm weather comes.

I wish I had the money for a later Katana wheel/rotor/caliper. 17x4.5 wheel, would make me pretty happy and would bolt right on.

The only thing I will need to make the stock wheel work is a sleeve with 17MM ID, 20MM OD. Then fab some shock mounts and a brake caliper stay. Possibly some spacers for wheel alignment.
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 27 Jan 2009 11:56 #260488

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sounds like you have a game plan.you can always change up if/when you find the wheel that suits you.
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1977 KZ1000 Suspension Swap 23 Feb 2009 06:02 #267428

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The swingarm is on hold until I get the funds for a few parts I need, but I found more stuff to do for free. :laugh:

I flipped the stock pegs around and shortened the controls. I cut them and my dad brazed them back together for me.

Then I started installing a set of straight bars my dad dug up for me.

The original wiring would not come out of the stock bars, so I cut it off. The I spent Sunday splicing, soldering, and heat shrinking it back together. I also notched the housing so the wires could come out.

Now I just have to put it back together.

I am still trying to decide which way to situate the shifter so it works with my size 13 waterski I call a shoe.

Might end up reversing it and getting used to the backwards pattern.

Here's a few quick pictures, I will get more when it's not so dark, and cold.
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keep up the good work!
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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 08 Mar 2009 10:47 #270376

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Little more progress.

Got it all back together with the new DIY rearsets and drag bar.

It needs some bar risers so I can rotate the brake MC down a little more, besides that I'm pretty happy with it.

The bar is completely straight, no pullback or rise. Just a piece of chrome pipe. Doesn't hit the tank at full lock at all, which I was worried about.

My girls where helping me out, making sure I did everything right.







Unfortunately, by the time everything was cleaned up it was dark out.







The shifter is now reversed, so I will have to get used the the upside down shift pattern. I don't think it will be an issue though. I find it much more comfortable to sit on and the bike feels a lot smaller with the bars and rearsets.
It doesn't feel any lighter though. :laugh:

Next project is to ditch the stock gauges and mount up the Autometer tach and shift light. :silly:
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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 08 Mar 2009 11:21 #270382

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Nice "pit crew" you have there. Start them young! I'm sure they are making sure you know what you are doing and doing it right!!! Kids are cool!
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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 23 Mar 2009 11:58 #274547

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Polished it up and took it around the block this weekend.

Took a second or two to get used to shifting it in reverse, as well as the pegs being in a different spot.

The riding position felt much more natural though once I got situated.

Shifts are a lot less clunky with the short shifter.

If I fold up the peg I can still kick start it. Started the 3rd kick cold, half a kick warm (don't even have to fold up the peg!).

Idles a little rough and spits back through the carbs every once in a while, I need to get that sorted. Idle might be too low, where does everyone else run their idle at?

Rear view mirror is useless and only there in case they want it for inspection. I guess I need a bar end mirror.

All in all, I am happy with it so far, insurance, registration, and tags are next.





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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 23 Mar 2009 21:41 #274720

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What do you pay your pit crew?
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I always have to work on the bike!
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Can't remember whose daughter it was that took the ride on lawn mower to his KZ. Just a warning to hide the bike when they're doing yard chores :laugh:
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kzz1p wrote:

What do you pay your pit crew?


Cheerios.:woohoo:

Plus room and board...

KZ250LTD wrote:

Can't remember whose daughter it was that took the ride on lawn mower to his KZ. Just a warning to hide the bike when they're doing yard chores


Their mom says they are too you to mow the grass yet. Something about not being able to reach the handle on the push mower.

I tried, but I guess I still have to do it. :(
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1977 KZ1000 Street/Strip Project 02 Apr 2009 13:05 #277727

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Well, ran it through inspection here in DE today...and FAILED!

To loud(even with the baffle in).

107dB at 4000rpm, 20" from the muffler.

Need to put some packing in the baffle I guess, as there is none. :S

They also failed me for no chain guard. I never put it back on after I had the swingarm off to measure for the new one.

It was also popping out the exhaust while I was holding it at 4K rpm for the sound test. Still need's a few adjustments I guess. Ran pretty good besides that.
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