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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2019, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hello I just joined and I need some help, I acquired a 1976 KZ900 and it's not working. It ran a few years back but was left to endure the elements. I have no idea where to start with restoring it I'd like it to run at least. It has a kickstarter but its frozen. I put a battery on it and the lights work the turn signal wont move and the horn doesn't work, I try to start it and nothing happens.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2019, 08:57 PM
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Just a few items to consider....

As this bike is about 45 year old, don't expect it to be a cakewalk....much different tech utilized at that time. Ignition system utilizes "points" (unless it was updated to period "electronic ignition") Carburetors are old Mikuni throttle/slide type, brakes will be outdated, tires will need replacement....and more.

A restoration, even just "getting it running" is going to be quite involved for you...I'd suggest to find/employ the talents of an older guy more familiar with the tech of the period.

Don't be surprised....investment will quickly add up...sitting a few years will have ramifications...fuel system will need attention..rust in tank? New fuel lines mandatory, no doubt a comprehensive carb clean needed, setup of the ancient ignition system mandatory, kickstart repair, new tires prior to riding....its gonna get pricey. Will there be parts availability problems? New points, condensers and spark plugs needed....air filter mandatory........

Taking on such a project may not be "for you" nor in your financial best interests. You've got to think this out a bit, you may choose to "flip" it , as is, to an older guy.

Think about it before ripping it into pieces...it'll be harder to sell if its in baskets.

Also...you mention the kickstarter frozen and trying to start it "nothing happens"....the engine may very well be SEIZED. This must be carefully looked at. STOP trying ...get some qualified help before forcing and breaking something involved and expensive.
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Thanks for your advice. I'll definitely start asking around to see who can help and bring it to a mechanic to see what they estimate it'll be and weigh the options.

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Hate to tell you something you won't want to hear...but a shop will be super expensive, rigid, charging labor timed by the hour.

Try and find an older, retired type guy who works on bikes as a "sideline". If you were here in NY, I'd suggest to get it to my garage/shop, right up my alley (and that first sentence accurately describes me) . Couple years ago I did similar for a young fella on a older KZ750. We did an engine swap, then "get running"...valve clearance/timing check and adjustments, carb clean...then rebuilt his calipers after we did, in fact, get it running. Gotta be able to stop too, ya know?

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Hate to tell you something you won't want to hear...but a shop will be super expensive, rigid, charging labor timed by the hour.

Sorry you not closer.
+1, if he were closer he would be doing two valve jobs for me to. Every time I call a shop and ask a simple question I can hear them thinking of how to charge me for asking.
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