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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #16994

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One ring top, two rings bottom sit in the block.
I put the block in the kitchen oven, then tapped the sleeve using block of wood and a hammer. One thing I would strongly suggest is minimize much more the drop and put some soft towel below the sleeve. This was the first time for me and I didn't know how much space I'd need. No need for this much. Just enough to have the sleeve drop gently.

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Building an engine from random parts. This will eventually morph into building a bike from random parts - if it ever happens. Need a frame to begin with.
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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #16999

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You certainly took on one hell of a project. I wish you the best of luck.

I have some parts you may be interested in. Handlebars, seat (king and queen style. Pan is good but seat needs new vinyl), misc side covers if they fit your year. I have mix of covers from a 79 motor and an 81. I have a complete, running 81 motor. Wasn't smoking or making noise and ran well. No idea of the true miles on it.
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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #17000

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Thank you! Yes, I didn't expect this much will be involved with the top end. Looking into the engine itself, everything else seems to be like new. The gears, chains, appear perfect. But everything else needs a complete rebuild.
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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #17001

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I live in a small one bedroom on the sixth floor, pretty much all work I am doing on the dining table..

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Building an engine from random parts. This will eventually morph into building a bike from random parts - if it ever happens. Need a frame to begin with.
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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #17002

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My God, was that thing used as a boat anchor....

I have had scrap parts bikes in better shape. Anything is fixable with enough time, effort, and money.

You have what I would call a " difficult" resotration. Not for the faint of heart. Good luck and Godspeed.

Making that thing run again will be an inspriration to even the most seasoned of mechanics. Lots of spare parts floating around this site as well. Put up a wanted post if you haven't already.
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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 year 5 months ago #17015

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Clutch cover. Lots of hours cleaning it up. This is mid work. Later on I spent another 5 hours cleaning and polishing it before taking it to the shop for new chrome. The prices around Vancouver are outrageous!... One shop told me 400 bucks, another 120. Both removing chrome, nickel etc. and then back. Nuts... In any case, spending 10 hours on as much preparation as possible - I don't mind. Should have results by the end of the week. This one cover is definitely in my view I can't go without chrome plating. It's like a centerpiece.
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