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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-02-2010, 06:40 AM   #1
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Well I figure that it's about time* for me to begin a thread for my upcoming project, a new-to-me 2005 Kawasaki Z750s in blue. (*by "about time" I mean that I'm getting bored of just shopping for parts and reading about all of the inspirational work the rest of you are doing)

While it'll be about one month until I begin the actual process of D-in-W, due to my present location and working environment, I wanted to post the initial pic of the bike and the list of work to be done, parts to be ordered, parts already ordered, etc.

First, the bike:


I bought the new bike in the fall of '09, sight unseen, with 1000 miles on the clock, to replace my last '06 Z750s that was stolen towards the end of the 2008 riding season. The guy I bought it off of cut me a sweet deal once he found out I was calling from Iraq, and he went above and beyond in order to make the transfer go smoothly.

I finally got a chance to see the bike in person a couple of months back while home on leave, and it didn't disappoint. Clean (outside of having been tipped over at a standstill prior to having bought it), low miles, perfect for my upcoming plans.

The list of work to be done:
-2006 Kawa 636 Rear swingarm, wheel, and brake swap
-Race Tech fork springs and emulators
-Supersprox chain and +2 rear chainring
-Install Speedohealer
-Cut down the exahust can
-Black out the frame covers, rearsets, passenger pegs, radiator covers, and exhaust
-Remove rear fender
-Mod and wrap/insulate airbox

My hope is to knock out all of that list within the first week or so of arriving back home, with more plans (paint, headlights, 636 fork/brakes/wheel swap) for the winter. I welcome any and all input/suggestions/pointers. Thanks.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-02-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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If you cut the can, make sure you use a big chop saw. An angle grinder with a cut off wheel won't get through everything that's in there.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #3
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Nice, I had the ZR7 a few years back... I liked that bike. Good project
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-03-2010, 04:14 PM   #4
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I cut my can with a hacksaw, fuckin' oldskool

2nd Gen B12, '88 GSXR 750 Head. GSXR 1100 cams. K&N pods, Holeshot stage2, 5 degree advancer, HS Headers covered in pumice based wraps, cut Yoshi can, Pingel fuel valve, K2 750forks, 'busa shock, aluminum custom sub-frame, custom lights, custom front face, modified top yoke, pro-taper bars+risers, gsxr 600 seat, front wheel, front calipers and master, zx10 rear cowl, zx6 brake lights, no centerstand. Currently sitting here waiting for me to get off my ass.
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Yeah, I'll probably go with the hacksaw and a rig to hold it all steady. A buddy already has the rivets and tool on hand for me to seal it all back up with.

Has anybody here done an '06 636 swingarm swap on one of these before? I'm wondering about whether the wheels will be offset with the recommended spacers I've read about. If so, how much is acceptable before it begins to be noticable in the bike's handling?

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 06-07-2010, 10:50 PM   #6
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FINALLY!!! I'm back in the states and free to do a little work! I got back about a week ago, and spent most of the time since then riding the bike as is and buying things for the new house.

Today I couldn't resist the urge to get something accomplished any longer and I took a hacksaw to the exhaust. Once that was done, my friend mentioned that he was surprised I hadn't taken a dremel to the obnoxiously larger rear fender (he seems to know how to push the right buttons).

I figured that since the dremel was sitting right next to me it couldn't hurt to chop it up a bit. I spent the time cutting and smoothing and evening everything out, and then realized that the brackets that hold the fender to the bike could also hold the turn signals...off came the fender entirely. I cut the signals down about an inch or so, and remounted them to where the rear reflectors had been.

All in all it looks much more fluid than stock. Tomorrow I'll be high-temp painting the exhaust, rearsets, and passenger pegs. Plus I'll be sure to post pics (since I forgot to bring home the camera)...Sorry bout that

Stay tuned.

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nice to see another Z on here, and which branch you in and how was your tour? I'm AF, haven't been yet.
sounds like good plans, get that ugly hunk of plastic off the front too though

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Cool. We didn't get the Z750S over here, just the base Z750. Def get that front fairing off dude!
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If I can offer some advice. If you want the can to look good, take some tape and figure out where you want it cut and wrap that around the muffler. Make sure it is straight and use that as a guideline. Then use a dremel and cut the outer skin of the of the muffler off. Being thin aluminum a hack saw or shit like that will crush it. this way that doesn't happen but its your choice.

Got a question about modifying your Z1000? send me a message, I can probably help.
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Thanks for the responses guys.

VT420...I'm Army, and the last year was my most boring deployment. It was as if they had a three month tour worth of work, but decided to give us a year to do it. Booooooooring (but it kept my family happy) (which of course I would have accomplished anyways by keeping them ignorant of my activities).

Kaos...A bunch of my buddies spent their leave time in Australia. They had a great time. I'll be heading there sometime in the not to distant future. The fairing is a project for the next month or so. I want to remove the side portions, but I need to find a way to support the lower points of the headlight (right now they are held up by the sides. I removed them once on my last Z so that I could get the tank off, and it gave the bike a very mean look. Narrow and very wasp-like.

Crowbar...I accept any and all advice, thanks. That being said, the outer sleeve of the can was actually stainless steel (I think) so it held up pretty well to the hacksaw. My buddy and I attacked it like we were lumberjacks. I did use masking tape for the line though, and that worked great.

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