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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 13 Oct 2019 12:47 #812367

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Yesterday I received my Delkevic 4 into 1 exhaust system. First inspection shows pretty good manufacturing. It will be quite a while before the motor is in, so we will see how the fit is when I get there. It looks good so far!
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 27 Oct 2019 15:28 #813132

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Since I really can't come up with any reasonable arguement not to gusset the frame, I picked up some 1.00"x 3.00" x .083" wall steel tubing and got to cutting...

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 27 Oct 2019 15:31 #813133

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When looking at the drawing of recommended bracing, I don't think the head tube needs anything more on this frame than what came from Kawasaki.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 28 Oct 2019 09:19 #813163

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Nice work. The 750/650 frames were a better design than the larger 1000 frames, so any head-stock bracing is probably overkill. most of the other bracing will apply though.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 28 Oct 2019 10:08 #813164

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That is what I was thinking...
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 11:40 #813223

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More gusset work. A bit tricky getting the fit right, but two pieces make it easier than trying to do a wrap around with one piece.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 12:38 #813225

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It's more fun ruining cardboard instead of metal. Cheaper, too!

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 29 Oct 2019 18:22 #813242

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Started big, then decided not to align with the centerline of the frame tubes.might add some holes to keep air moving onto the cylinder head.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 31 Oct 2019 20:46 #813353

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I had the new tires mounted up. Metzeler Roadtec 01's.

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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 08:43 #813376

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So the powder coat shop I am working with told me they would prefer the steering head bearing NOT be in the frame when they coat it. The issue I have with that is I need to install the bearings so I can assemble the front end and fab up my new steering stops. I think I will tell them they just need to mask them off well. Once installed, I am not going to ruin them by pulling them back out, and I need to finish all of the welding before the frame gets blasted and powder coated.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 10:45 #813384

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Instead of a cross brace behind the carbs/under the seat, I decided on a single cross tube. It's placed close to the mid point in the frame between the engine mount points and the frame junction at the rear of the fuel tank.
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Saving a '81 KZ750-E 01 Nov 2019 15:19 #813399

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I want to use a "superbike" style handlebar, but the CBR600-RR front end uses a clip on style handlebar set up. I decided on Woodcraft riser clip ons, with a 3" rise. They arrived today, and I think these will give a better control position that the stock Honda clip ons (I didn't get the bars with the front end).

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