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    Default another KZ

    Seems like quite a few KZ's have been poppin up on DTT and Chopcult so i figured i'd add to the collection. I've wanted a cafe racer for years now but just never seemed to pursue it until last summer when i got this bike. It's a 75' KZ400s (kickstart only) that i picked up for $600, ran perfect and was decently clean. Pretty much just rode it around in stock form all summer while i figured out what i wanted to do with it, plus i didnt really wanna tear it apart when i could go out and ride it hah.

    It's slowly been comin together the past couple month. Not really goin for any particular style but it'll probably be more brat than anything. All i've done so far is clip-on's, extended the swingarm 2.5" and lowered the front a little. Tires should be here this week and i should have my seat ready for upholstery next week, then its clean up the frame (cut and grind off dumb unnecessary tabs) , get the rear hoop welded on and get it powdercoated then who knows hah.

    Anyways here's some pics

    The first day i got it, already messin around with it.



    then fall came and i started taking stuff off and figuring out what i needed/wanted to do



    and here's where its at now, extended 2.5" and lowered the front a little.



    I'll try and update this thread as much as i can but all i have is my camera on my phone. I figured id just throw up some pics for ideas/criticism.

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    Nice. I love to see people doing cool stuff with these bikes. Go slow these are hard to find parts for so dont break any. Let me know if you need any random motor parts. I have a bunch sitting around.

    Whats that other bike sittin in the garage?

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    i like that extended swingarm.....did you do it yourself? with slugs in there and everything? 2.5 inches seems like a good amount....i have seen ones where people have done 5 inches and it just looks like it is asking to break.....
    i like the direction you are going with this.

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    Yea vinny i've been takin my time with the bike, im in no hurry hah. The other bike is my sv650.

    ruckus i didnt weld the extension myself, i dont trust my welding skills enough for something like that. But yes it is slugged with little gussets running across the bottom. I'm very content with 2.5" anymore and i would've had to raked the front i think.

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    ^^another stupid question for you....but when you extended the swingarm did you leave it on the bike or take the swingarm off and then extend it? i only ask because i like this mod...

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    I took it off the bike and had this local guy weld it up at his shop.

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    Keep with it man, it's gonna look killer!

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    the tank was dented up when i got the bike so i figured i'd put one big dent in it.



    hoping to start hittin it with body hammers sometime this week so i can get it shaped better

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    Quote Originally Posted by StopBreakingDown View Post
    I took it off the bike and had this local guy weld it up at his shop.
    Quote Originally Posted by StopBreakingDown View Post
    It'd probably have more soul if you were the one building the bike. ZING!
    You sold your soul and let someone else do it?
    Last edited by SilverBurr; 01-26-2011 at 10:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverBurr View Post
    You sold your soul and let someone else do it?
    bahaha how did i miss this!?!? I was just messin around with ya dude, really wasnt that serious. But ya i did have someone weld it up, the swingarm is a pretty critical piece and i just dont trust my welding skills enough hah

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    hey how goes the progress???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruckus2115 View Post
    hey how goes the progress???
    not as quickly as i'd like hah. Im in the process of moving so that takes up time and puts a damper on the spending on the bike but i will have a bigger garage!

    started to polish up the covers and kinda clean up the motor.



    got the rear hoop welded on and mounted the tires






    I'm in the process of making the seat pan, i got it all cut out and bent up i just need to find some time to weld on seat brackets and get the seat mounted.
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    got some decent work finally done on the bike.

    battery box and seat mounts




    had the frame powdercoated black



    im gonna raise the front up about an inch.







    It's gettin alot closer, just gotta upholster the seat, finish the body and paint work on the tank, wire it, and other little misc things.

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    Looking great! Seat are looks really clean, whats type of seat are you working on? Are you planing on keeping the front end dropped that much when you finish?

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    I'm gonna raise the front end up about an 1"-1" 1/2. I dont really like the look of the forks up through the clamp so im probably gonna cut the spring and spacer inside.

    here are some pics of the seat pan, still gotta shape/cut the rear part. It's pretty basic, just nuts welded onto the pan so i can run bolts up from underneath it and im gonna do a tuck and roll on it.





    for the tank i've pretty much decided on root beer brown with gold leaf in the dents, but i absolutely hate body work so i dont really wanna think about that right now hah

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    got the wiring all done, just the basics... headlight, taillight, ignition, coil, recitfier and battery

    finished



    leftover wiring



    and one more pic of the bike


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    great stance....i see what your talking about with raising the front just a bit. get that bike all cleaned up and we might be seeing it on the homepage like the slack stealer....

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    stoked on the build.

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    looking good!

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    dude, have you been secretly spying on my build??? I haven't started a build thread because my bike is at a my Dad's shop which is over an hour from where I live, but that thing is looking very similar to what I have going on.

    I'm building a KZ750 twin… clip-ons… same tires… lowered… pretty crazy. It will be interesting to see how yours ends up, and also how mine ends up. It could still morph during the build process.

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