Hello folks. I am from Denmark and have recently joined this marvelous group of BigZ enthusiasts. I am going to change the primary and secondary chains on my Z1300, which is a 1980 A-1 model. I was a little worried over much mechanical noise from the engine. Kawboy advised me to remove the oil pan to have a look on the chains. And yes, they both showed 17-18 mm. slack. This is too much, even if the limits is a little more on 21 and 22 mm. To change them the crankcase have to be disassembled. This is a big job, so I want the new chains to be first class quality, so they will last the next 100.000 km or more.
Now I wonder if some of you BigZ folks here, can recommend a good quality chain, and where to get it. I don't know if genuine original chains are still available, but I have found two sellers on Ebay which have new Z1300 chains to sell and also the german firm MCG sells these chains. Any experience with some of these ?
McBoney just picked up a set of chains and I believe they came from Motorcycle Products Ltd
They also have the primary chains same price I think?
Maybe McBoney can chime in here as well Please.
I went a slightly different route and went directly to Ramsey Chains in North Carolina USA and had custom chains made and I believe they cost me $180 US each.
I'd stay away from the EBay stuff. Most of the chains are removed from existing engines IE worn chains, not new.
1980 KZ1300 B2 converting to an A2. Things I'm working on- Body work- Ducktail mod to rear tailpiece. Add a quarter fairing. Paint - House of Kolor Brandywine/Black. Custom decals. Engine- In house custom ground camshafts with adjustable cam sprockets.7 blade rad fan. DG exhaust pipe.
Thank you both. I have read Mcboneys journey on restoring a K1300 engine, with great interest. Very glad to read that the primary chain can be changed without dismantling the connecting rods. I would rather not disturb the rods if not needed.
Motorcycle Products Ltd are unfortunately out of stock with the chains. I think I will buy them from MCG in Germany. They are a little expensive, so hopefully they are also good quality.