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PeanutHead
03-01-2016, 6:11 AM
I'm starting another build thread since my last one has kinda been hijacked. SO here's a rundown:
Bought an 82 KZ 440 in Wichita Walls, TX in 2011. Spent a lot of time getting it running (bad starter and no new ones available; found local grey beard who rebuilt it) and brought it home to MD; found out frame was bent and seller won't contact me, brought it home and found another frame. Since I can't leave anything stock, I decided to try and make a bobber outta it. 5 years later and I'm STILL building the little fucker. A ton of parts amassed over 5 years, 3 different tanks, and I've finally got a direction.

PeanutHead
03-01-2016, 3:51 PM
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This is the current state of my 440. The motor that I had running back in 2011 is finally in. Took a while getting it in and bolted into place.
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These are the aluminum manifold boots I ordered from 11th hour industries. They said they are made to be used with pods instead of the stock air box because of their size. I'm not 100% sure I want to use them because I have clearance issues with the carbs. One option is to cut the manifolds down a little bit to give me the correct amount of room to mount the carbs. I MIGHT be able to use the stock air box but I'm still debating if I want to use pods. My other options is to use stock replacement boots and run the air box.

PeanutHead
05-17-2016, 2:27 PM
Work has been kicking my ass and so has the "honey-do-list." The OEM rubber boots came in a week after I installed the aluminum ones. Still debating if I wanna use them.

Since work was slow as shit today and I couldn't leave, I decided to play around with "PAINT" and do a shitty Concept drawling of what the lil 440 will look like when done. Here are the 2 schemes I came up with.
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ihateminimumwage
05-17-2016, 10:12 PM
I'm in the same boat. Bought my 81 440 years ago in pieces. Got it running and started hacking at the frame, moved across the state, bike lived in storage almost 2 years, just finished going through the engine and trans, just need to rebuild the carbs to get the ethanol gunk out. Doesn't look too far from your current condition, except mine has window bars...

Harley94
05-18-2016, 4:07 PM
Pretty cool little build, can't wait to see it finished. Definitely think the second scheme is better, it has a classier more complete look

PeanutHead
06-03-2016, 2:42 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. Looks like this is gonna get finished sooner than later. The ol' lady are a bit tight on cash at the moment so she has decided to sell her motorcycle so we have can pay bills. I'm totally against the idea because I know she's gonna nag the shit outta me when I go ride with the guys, complain that she's not comfortable on the back of my bike, and/or steal my bike when I'm not riding. Well, I told her if that's the case, we're finishing my 440 to we have the extra bike for whatever.

Hope to post some pics and updates next week.

LCIronworks
06-06-2016, 2:36 PM
Keep on it PeanutHead. Ive been riding my KZ440 for over a year now and have had ample time to learn it's quirks. The are a great bike as long as you know how to work with them. I have recently changed mine from a cafe bike project to a chopper/bobber project. So I may have some insight into issues you may come across

PeanutHead
06-11-2016, 5:47 PM
Got the chance to get back into the garage and start working on the 440 again. But it didn't go so well. Still can't figure out how to get the Harley tank to properly mount on the backbone. Think I might go back to my original idea and make stock kz tank hold 5 gallons of fuel.

PeanutHead
06-16-2016, 9:47 AM
I decided to try and make my own custom gas tank. I'm combining the stock tank and Harley split tank. Hopefully I can get it to look good and hold about 5 gals of fuel.

Brought one of the split tanks with me to work today to make some cuts. Here's the tape line as my guide.
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After the cuts.
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And...........anyone have a clue? I'm stumped. A cream/seal job gone bad?
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Steamboat927
07-20-2016, 9:30 PM
I have a 1981 kz440 parts bike. You live in MD? I'm in PA if your ever in a pinch for a part let me know ill see if I have it.

Matilda
07-22-2016, 3:00 PM
They are good lil bikes. I love mine. What were you having troubles with as far as mounting the Harley tank? If you don't mind me asking. And those 11th hour manifolds look nice. I used their single carb manifold

Hotel
07-22-2016, 5:19 PM
Everyone has a 440 now! Awesome little bikes, rode one for two years and makes me happy to see them being destroyed in the name of insanity.

EricWoodward
07-22-2016, 10:21 PM
Oh man, the kz backbones suck. I cut the entire bottom off a sportster tank and made my own tunnel to do this on a 550:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160510/047f8db5fa5f600b6ba12f3704b6ecd2.jpg

PeanutHead
07-27-2016, 7:58 PM
They are good lil bikes. I love mine. What were you having troubles with as far as mounting the Harley tank? If you don't mind me asking. And those 11th hour manifolds look nice. I used their single carb manifold

I just couldn't figure out how to get the rear/back of the tanks mounted on the frame.

I also love the look of the manifolds. Surprised no one else is really making them for other Jap bikes.

PeanutHead
01-28-2018, 6:07 PM
Another year has rolled by and I still haven't finished my 440. It's now fallen into the "it'll never get finished" category. Im getting back into my garage/shop to do some actual work on her. Not exactly sure what but I'm doing something damnit!

Randy123
01-28-2018, 6:14 PM
Nice little bike,i have the same one,same year color,my starter is bad also,bought used one $139,off ebay,

Randy123
01-28-2018, 6:52 PM
Lowbrow customs sell the Hardtail kit for $349 for the ltd 440

PeanutHead
01-28-2018, 7:04 PM
Lowbrow customs sell the Hardtail kit for $349 for the ltd 440

Yeah I know they do but I don't wanna go that route. Especially since I'm hoping to get stupid MPG with the 5 gal tank I'm putting on it.

PeanutHead
02-03-2018, 1:49 PM
Been working on the 440 since 8am. I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning out. Had to get flat and round stock so I can mount the rear fender and seat.81468
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PeanutHead
02-13-2018, 8:36 PM
Couple hours after I posted this, my brother stopped by for a few beers. Showed him the 440 and he gave me a few suggestions. Gonna fab up a new better mount for the rear fender to the frame. I also came up with this lil prototype thing to drop the tank down 2" or 2.5"81680

PeanutHead
02-18-2018, 8:34 AM
Got a little bit of progress done yesterday. A 2in drop bracket was made (roughly) and mocked up. Need to drill the second set of holes and grind)cut a little bit off the frame for everything to mount up perfectly. Also tried to install the new headlight just to find out I'm missing pieces from the OE bucket. Anyone have a complete 7in side mount headlight bucket they don't want?
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PeanutHead
02-19-2018, 2:10 PM
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I've been think a lot since I posted the pictures and made the tank mounts the other day. If I cut out the original gusset and mount, then make my own, is 1/4" steel thick enough to replace the OE? The crappy red lines are the design I'm thinking of.

TriNortchopz
02-20-2018, 12:03 AM
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I've been think a lot since I posted the pictures and made the tank mounts the other day. If I cut out the original gusset and mount, then make my own, is 1/4" steel thick enough to replace the OE? The crappy red lines are the design I'm thinking of.

It seems like you have a few different ideas going at the same time, so I am a bit confused with where you are going...You cut apart tanks to build one, then are trying to mount 5 gallons - which look too long at the back, (but seem to be close in the second and third photos of this thread,but not in some of the latest photos)...then you want to replace an existing gusset - which may end up covered by the front of the tank...If you want to run the 5-gals, maybe you could just set it where it will fit in front, make sure the forks/trees clear, then see if rear mount(s) will line up with a proper mounting location, measure what you need for the front and build a mount to fit below the framerail and weld it on, - might need new tabs on the tank(s), then build the rear mount(s). Might be easier to fit one of the other tanks from your shelf - do you need 5 gallons or do you just like the look? I think it's a great build - keep goin'!

PeanutHead
02-20-2018, 7:44 AM
I like the way the 5gal tank looks on the bike. I put making a tank idea on hold because I'm pretty sure I can get the uncut tanks to mount.
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With the tanks mounted this way, the trees clear the tank (that has been my problem with the earlier mock ups). I think it looks a little goofy and yet cool all at the same time. My brother on the other hand, suggested I drop the front a bit because of the "negative space near the mount." I need to see if the trees will clear the tanks after I install the drop brackets.

TriNortchopz
02-20-2018, 8:20 AM
Maybe you can adjust the steering stops a bit, or somehow reduce the amount the forks turn to prevent hitting the tanks. It's hard to tell from the photos,but it looks there is a clearance problem...is that the fuel tap, or the rear mount that is sitting on top of the carb?

PeanutHead
02-20-2018, 9:50 AM
Maybe you can adjust the steering stops a bit, or somehow reduce the amount the forks turn to prevent hitting the tanks. It's hard to tell from the photos,but it looks there is a clearance problem...is that the fuel tap, or the rear mount that is sitting on top of the carb?

The petcock and mounts don't hit the carbs. I'll figure something out the next time I get to work in my garage.