Swingarm Clearance Needed | kz750

Well I knew it was going to be a tight squeeze, but chain rub is no good. What is nice about chain rub is it marks where you need cut. I made a rough cut out for a piece of 1.25″ x .120″ wall square tube. Then I shape in a piece of tube to fit the notch, and burned it in. I did the same in both cases. The chain was rubbing on the rear and the front of the swingarm.

With the notches the chain doesn’t even come close and the strength is still there. It’s all ready to repaint!!

80′ kz750 | update

I’ve been busy trying to get this thing going. I’m almost there!!!! I’m just waiting on some brake seals, then a little test riding!!!

80 kz750 | subframe

I was really stoked on the way the subframe turned out!!! The suspension turned out great! Now on to the wiring, and seat-pan.

’78 KZ650 | engine case repair


I bought the KZ650 years ago. I knew I would eventually have to fix or replace the engine cases, and of course the cracks were right on the threads which made the repair a little tricky. Well the time had finally come. I was in the middle of rebuilding the motor so I figured, why not now. I bolted the cases together, and removed the JB weld that was previously there. I then preheated the weld area with a propane torch. This was my first real test when it came to welding aluminum, so I was a bit nervous. The beads went in smooth with no real issues. I then ground down the welds and re-tapped the threads for the points cover bolts. I was more than pleased with the results!!