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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't started ZX7R in over 10 years.... help

For various reason my bike has been in storage since 2003. I have retrieved it and plan on getting it running in hopes to sell it. Sadly, I had no idea when I took it for my last ride that that would be my last ride so it has sat with fluids in it as well as the old battery still hooked up. My mechanical skills are minimal, and my understanding of the bike and motor even less ha. So if there are anyone willing to provide me with steps to take before attempting to start it, that would be very much appreciated. Also, if anyone has any online reference material that could help, that would be great too!

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to point me in the right direction

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 07:59 PM
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Yikes. It will probably take some work to get it going again and since you say that you have minimal knowledge it would probably be a good idea to find someone who knows about bikes to help you. Where are you located ? Might be a forum member near by that would volunteer to assist.

At minimum all fluids will need to be changed, carbs removed and cleaned or rebuilt, new battery installed and tires checked and replaced if they are dry rotted. Would be a good idea to remove the spark plugs and check for corrosion as well as spray some fogging oil into the cylinders and turn the engine over by hand (gently) so they have some lubrication before any attempt at startup is made. This will also tell you if the pistons rings have rusted into the cylinders and if any valves are stuck open.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know that I really have my work cut out for me. I am hoping to cut costs so that I can get some return on it when I sell it. I only put 1000km on it! So I would have to rack up a $1000 plus at a shop and then not get very much in the sale. I don't mind investing time and sweat (and tears), just lacking the knowledge on the machine. Not sure how useful the bike's manuals are, haven't even looked for them yet.
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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know that I really have my work cut out for me. I am hoping to cut costs so that I can get some return on it when I sell it. I only put 1000km on it! So I would have to rack up a $1000 plus at a shop and then not get very much in the sale. I don't mind investing time and sweat (and tears), just lacking the knowledge on the machine. Not sure how useful the bike's manuals are, haven't even looked for them yet.
If you can get a copy of the factory service manual it should be a big help. I imagine you can find the PDF version online somewhere for free.

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start with draining all fluids. changing tires.

to be absolutely sure, take a look inside the gas tank.

before starting or anything, change the oil.

don't ride too far or fast on old tires.

clean the chain with a wire brush and chain lube. move it around and make sure it's loose.

if and bit IF, it starts smoothly, run a good gas through it.

if rough start and idle. you will have to disassemble the carburetors and clean the internals. in which case I would suggest taking to shop, this job done well should cost under 200$ well worth.

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Inspect the fuel tank for rust before you start it. Hopefully the tank was full.

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