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Old 02-25-2015, 08:59 AM   #1
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Engine Restorations - Japanese

Hi Im looking for some input. I have 1973 Kawasaki 900 Z1, Im the second owner. I would like to have the engine restored. Im looking for a shop that not only can rebuild the engine but understands how precious this bike is. Many shops can do the work but the ass hats just think its "just another old jap bike". The 50th anniversary of this true icon of the sport is coming up in a few years and i would like to run it on the track for its birthday. I live in North west New Mexico so hopefully i can find a shop within the south west. Any ideas and shared experiences with different shops would be appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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Sorry can't advise on shops local to you... but well done on refurbing a great bike

I've had loads of Z's... currently own 4
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:52 AM   #3
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Maybe contact Harry Klemm http://www.klemmvintage.com/. He is a tuning legend for 2 strokes and does bikes for vintage road racing. He may be able to point you in the right direction to get your 4 stroke motor done correctly. He know's lots of people.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:21 AM   #4
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Probably not an option but knows his stuff, good but expensive.

https://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rc...q8h4N1y7sqF2OA

It's actually quite common for cars , rare planes etc to be sent to this country for refurbishment.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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Probably not an option but knows his stuff, good but expensive.

https://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rc...q8h4N1y7sqF2OA

It's actually quite common for cars , rare planes etc to be sent to this country for refurbishment.
Wow, I wish i had the money to ship to him, fantastic site. Gonna have to buy his book, Thank you
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #6
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I chatted with these folks down at Barber last year. They had many Z900's on hand and it looked like they do awesome work, but I have never worked with them. http://www.atlantamotorcycleworks.com/default.html
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:07 AM   #7
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I had Jim at Redline cycles rebuild the engine on my '76kz900. I bought it in Norfolk back when I was in the navy. Rode Boston-Barstow and Maine to FL. over86,000m and parked by salt water most of it's life. Parked for 20 years. Shipped the engine to Redline for full inside and out redo. Pick up frame from powdercoat next week. I was pleased with dealing with Redline but need to put another 86,000 on to see if I am truly happy.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:55 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the replies, This is a good start
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:28 AM   #9
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I have to ask, why do you think the motor needs a rebuild. I'd guess maybe just some fresh rings and a valve lap. Those are pretty tough motors and unless it has a bazillion miles or was starved of oil, it's got to still be pretty solid with just a fresh up.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:36 PM   #10
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it may not need a total rebuild but it is seeping oil from everywhere, so if I'm gonna have the seals replaced I would like everything to be gone through.
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