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ironpusher
09-10-2009, 6:53 PM
I have been thinking about getting a little jap bike for a while so finally I buckled down and went for a '79 kz 400. I ended up getting it for a few hundred bucks, running, 11000 on the clock, and a little rough cosmetically. I like the fact that it is a tiny little twin engine and I am excited to get to work on it once winter sets in. So besides this website are there any good discussion/parts sites to go to? Also, are there any specifics that I should know about Kawasaki's? I have researched them to some extent and the kz's seem to have a pretty good track record. I was told that the 400 tranny could mate to a 750, just wondering about some of the interesting pieces of info on these bikes. The bike rides nice but I am thinking 11,000 might be a little steep on that small of an engine, would like to hear your guys thoughts.

-kyle

junkyard2
09-10-2009, 9:47 PM
well seems like a good deal bro..i have a 78 kz 650 i love it pulls good..i have heard good things bout the 400 too..i have seen a lot of the 400s chopped looks very good i will say

sotagoon
09-11-2009, 3:55 PM
Let me know what you want to know.

I researched it to death....Check out my profile for my 400 chop.

Almost done....but can't stop riding it enough to finish it right now.

I have a bunch of stuff, just too much to list.

Hers are a few pics too...... http://chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=252

Chad

lobstermobster
09-11-2009, 10:03 PM
there is kzrider.com. from what i can tell from my few times on there, guys on there like turning kz's into more of a crotch rocket style. but still a good place for tech info.
I got a kz650 and I love it to death. same as Sotagoon... I cant stop riding to even work on it.
You will love it man. good choice.

captainawesome
09-11-2009, 10:57 PM
one of the most informative sites for the kz400 is

kz400.com (www.kz400.com)
and the forum
kz400 forum (http://www.armbell.com/forum/index.php?mforum=kz400)

z1 enterprises (http://z1enterprises.com/) is also a good parts source.

i have been tinkering on a buddies bike for a little while now, and i love the thing. it is a 79 as well, and fun to ride. in the end, that is what it is all about.

also, 11k isn't that bad if the normal maintenence was kept up.

ironpusher
09-12-2009, 3:45 PM
Thanks for the advice, seems to be idling a little rough. The throttle is a little sticky so I am thinking maybe the carbs are a little out of sync. I like to whip this thing around the corners so much that I haven't really put it down to work on it ha ha, it's a lot less bulky than my sporty and so damn light.


>Ha didnt have time to move the browns cornhole boards...

WOMPY
09-14-2009, 3:48 PM
Glad to see more and more KZ's on here. Great fuckin bikes. Check out kzrider.com for more info on your model and troubleshooting. Good luck.

sotagoon
09-15-2009, 5:51 AM
one of the most informative sites for the kz400 is

kz400.com (www.kz400.com)
and the forum
kz400 forum (http://www.armbell.com/forum/index.php?mforum=kz400)

z1 enterprises (http://z1enterprises.com/) is also a good parts source.

i have been tinkering on a buddies bike for a little while now, and i love the thing. it is a 79 as well, and fun to ride. in the end, that is what it is all about.

also, 11k isn't that bad if the normal maintenence was kept up.


Yeah...KZ400.com (the forum) is the best place for info.

Look for posts by a member by the name Biquetoast....he's the expert on there.

Also, Z1enterprises is phenomenal for parts. And most of the time extremely reasonable.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the bike......I like mine so much...I'm now looking for a KZ750 twin for my next project.

Nice bike by the way.

NHMike
09-17-2009, 10:57 AM
I've been trying to e-mail this guy near me about a KZ400 he's got for sale. it's not running, but it' snot locked up and he only wants $100 for it. I've e-mailed him 4 or 5 times. Haven't heard back but I'm hoping he just hasn't checked his e-mail yet. Good Luck with the build, hopefully we'll be able to compare notes when and if I get this one.

scotttowne
09-17-2009, 8:28 PM
The KZ 400 club is one I would like to join as well. Keep us posted on the progress.

dirtyd
09-18-2009, 5:40 PM
love those KZ's they are cool as hell, I built a 440 ltd, then a 400 kz and now I got my hands on a kz750 twin. Tig mans doing the hard tail on it as we speak then its on !!!!! im in the same boat as you guys they are so fun to drive they barely get any love as far as building goes. Im going to try to load some pics so bear with me. Z1 isgreat, although I have been looking far and wide for the main seals for a 76 kz 400 anyone know where to get ahold of some. there is a pic of a 400 in my photos. I just cant figure out how to get them from there to here .