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    My first bike: '76 KZ400

    well, the price was right ($450) and i was feelin it so i took it...
    it BARELY runs though. i had to spray some ether in the carbs to get it running and it was really rough. im goin to work on it tonight and tomorrow. 15k miles, everything looks like its in great shape. not sure what kind of pipes are on it, but they sound like theyre just straight. gonna fill it with fresh fluids and see how it will run after that. i will update later tonight or tomorrow.

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    I bet all you need to do is clean out the carbs to get it running right. Then change the oil and gas, and check the points, and make sure all the nuts and bolts are snug, and you'll have a great little bike.

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    Congrats, dude. Nice score, stoked to ride with you this summer.
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    quote:Originally posted by SRR

    Congrats, dude. Nice score, stoked to ride with you this summer.
    ya dude i cant wait to get this thing running strong so i can ride it

    i put some fresh fuel in and it was startin up and idling pretty good but it sounded pretty rough when i twisted the throttle, check out the video. i rode it down the street in 1st gear and there was very little power. i pulled the carbs off, gonna rebuild them and see how it runs after that.

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    Ok so I pulled the carbs off last night so I can bring them home and rebuild them this week. This morning I set the points gap and ignition timing. See how she will run next weekend

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    looks like a great bike to start with.

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    so i took the carbs apart this weekend to clean them up and found that a few parts were missing! hah, that could be a good reason why it sounds so shitty. they were both missing an o-ring on the main jet and the pilot passage plug. i was able to modify a couple o-rings to make a tight seal. also made a plug out of some hard rubber, just hope it holds up to the gasoline.

    i also adjusted the camshaft chain guide and valve clearance. wasnt able to put the carbs back on and start it up, but next weekend looks pretty promising.

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    I test drove a KZ400 today and I really liked the way it drove. My concern is that it is the deluxe model. Does that make the frame an improper one to use when doing a cafe conversion? Guy is asking 800 but already got him down to 600....13k miles only.... Here is a link.............http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2416972172.html

    What type of bars would be suffice for this ride as well?

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    I test drove a KZ400 today and I really liked the way it drove. My concern is that it is the deluxe model. Does that make the frame an improper one to use when doing a cafe conversion? Guy is asking 800 but already got him down to 600....13k miles only.... Here is a link.............http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2416972172.html

    What type of bars would be suffice for this ride as well?

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    google image a side view and see if there is a step in the rear of the frame

    superbike bars are about as low as you can do without rearsets
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