Kawasaki F7 Project

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by dooder, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. dooder

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    Hi,
    I'm new here. I found this site by searching on google for info about my bike. Thanks to everyone that contributes to this forum, I've learned a lot already reading through the different threads. I know very little about motorcycles and the wealth of knowledge here is a blessing. You all have a great community here!... I believe what I have is a Kawasaki F7 175cc enduro. I'm not sure about the year. I thought it was a '75 due to the green paint that can be seen where the current paint is chipped but, on the neck, it says it was manufactured in '74... I've been asking questions on other people's threads for a few weeks but figured I should start a thread to chronicle my progress with this bike. I bought it at a garage sale a while back with no paperwork. The guy selling it said that his buddy had given it to him a few years ago and, at first, he was going to go through it but lost interest and it's sat ever since. He said that he saw it run and drive before he got it... First thing on the list is to obtain a title. I found this thread on another site: http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327285 and I am following the course laid out to try to obtain a title. I don't want to put much money into the bike until I get the title. So far I'm into it for about $70 which inclueds a Clymer's manual...
    Anyway, sorry for the long introduction, here's some pics:

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    In the last pic, you can see the green paint that led me to believe it was a '75. According to this: http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Kawasaki_F7 , green was only offered in '75. But, the neck says "manufactured in 1974". Could it have been built in '74 as a '75 model?
    Thanks for looking.
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  2. FloridaSteve

    FloridaSteve Long timer

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    That's typical with Kawasaki's. They would put the build date and not the model year date in the stamp so you often (even typically) see a previous tear.

    Great starting point for a project. Keep em coming!
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  3. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I agree...work on getting a title (however you might do that) before you spend time and money on it. The way I see it, the last person who titled the bike still technically owns it.

    I wonder why they cut the "loop" off of the rear of the frame?

    Lynn
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  4. JeffS77

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    with those pinch bolts on the back i would say the rear loop is removeable
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  5. sjc56

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    The rear loop was cut off, what you are seeing are the mounting points for the turn signals and rear rack.
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  6. dooder

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    Thanks for the info guys. Here's another shot of the rear: [​IMG]
    I wonder why it was cut off?
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  7. dooder

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    6 months later...
    I am finally finding regular time to work on the bike...
    I talked to a friend of mine and he talked me through hotwiring it since I don't have a key.
    Before I try to kick it over though, I thought it best to go through the oiling system.
    I also need to make sense of the wiring since this bike requires a battery I believe???
    Anyway, I got 15 minutes today and took that time to remove the seat, kick lever, and oil tank.
    Hopefully more to come...

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    These screws are going to give me trouble. I want to remove the cover there so that I can replace the hose that runs from the oil tank in to the crankcase. It's pretty hard and cracked.... I hammered a screwdriver into them to try to get some bite but, no dice. I plan to soak them in liquid wrench before trying again.

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    And, here is what the majority of the wiring looks like... Looks like someone was taking it all apart then lost interest... Lucky me! I dislike wiring as it is. Oh well, hopefully the Clymer will come in handy here.

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    Suggestions and criticism welcome. I know next to nothing about working on bikes.
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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Go get a hammer driven impact driver to extract those screws. even in the 70s/80s those screws were kinda fresh and a PITA!

    Go easy and be sure it is turning the right direction, maybe practice on a few non essential screws first. Great tool. Harbor Freight probably has them under $20.
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  9. cgk64

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    Hello I picked up my 71 F-7 from the original owner had a new intake boot installed and the carb rebuilt. This bike is reliably, It will start 1st or 2nd kick no matter what. Has alot of zip for a small bike. I thought about selling it, but think I might just keep it. Needs new tires and the clutch slips but other than that It needs nothing. Once I figure out how to post up pictures I will. Good luck on yours.
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  10. dooder

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    Cool!
    I'd be stoked to see 'em!
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  11. Euromad

    Euromad Been here awhile

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    Here's my '74. Preston Petty fenders,21" front wheel, new shocks, otherwise stock. When you start it mix some oil in the
    gas. The manual will show you where the oil feed line is.
    You can disconnect the line after the pump and see if it works.
    I think it will run without a battery.
    Depending on where you are, I have a spare frame and motor, etc
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  12. dooder

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    Got some time to work on the bike today...
    Got those tough screws out... Liquid wrench, big screwdriver, and a hammer. Put the screwdriver in, hit the handle a few good times with the hammer, and they came out.

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  13. dooder

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    It actually didn't look that bad in there... I bought some carb cleaner to clean it out though...

    I also got the side cover off that reveals the carburetor.

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    Everything in there looks really good... When I twist the throttle, both the cable going to the carb and the oil pump seem to do what they are supposed to.
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  14. dooder

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    I also got the tank off.
    This looks pretty janky to me...

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  15. dooder

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    These are the wires that come out of the bottom of where the ignition key goes:

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    The Clymer manual that I have doesn't have a wiring diagram for my bike. But, the diagram labled 125cc 1976 shows the same colored wires coming out of the ignition.

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    Eventually, I'd like to check to see if I'm getting spark, if the coil is good, etc. but I'm not really sure how to do all that. First things first, I need to get new fuel lines, check the fluids, and probably get a battery... I have an appointment at the DMV to try to get a title next thursday.
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  16. dooder

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    Went over to the hardware store and bought allen head cap screws to replace all the phillips head screws that I took out... I also bought some hose to replace the piece that goes from the oil tank to the oil pump...

    I couldn't find fuel line that is the same size as the piece that I took off the bike for reference... Is there a certain kind/size that I should be looking for?
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  17. cgk64

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    The fuel lines I picked up at the Auto parts store. The new line is bigger than original but will work, just have to grease up the grommet going into case. Good luck.
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  18. dooder

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    Cool!
    thanks for replying CGK64.
    I'll do just that.

    One thing I noticed is that there are 2 fuel lines going from different parts of the petcock assembly to 2 different parts of the carb... On of the lines was not connected to the carb when I opened it up... I wonder if that is the reason why it was parked to begin with.
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  19. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    you have a good start on your f7!!!! i am doing a similar project with your bikes bigger brother....LOL im working on an f11 250 piston port engine...:freaky just had to crack the cases yesterday, got crap stuck in the trans from a failed kick start spring guide...that was fun...
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  20. dooder

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    Does anyone know the bolt size and threads of the kickstarter bolt?
    Mines pretty boogered up and I couldn't find the same threads at the local OSH.
    May have to order one.
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