Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]
Active Topics

Welcome to Kawasaki Owners Club. We hope you enjoy your visit.

We specialise in technical information & assistance for anyone seeking advice for all Kawasaki motorcycles.
To gain access to all Forums you will need to become a member.
This site is ad free to members.

Would new members please post a hello in Welcome to the forum before asking questions on the board


Join Kawasakiownersclub.com!


If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Kawasaki GPZ600R planned paintjob, thoughts?; custom paintwork
Topic Started: Jul 25 2015, 09:03 PM (4,273 Views)
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Hi was bored with myself today. I have been thinking for a while now to create a custom design for the gpz.


Should i go ahead? Would you ride it?

Posted Image
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
Deaks
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
I like, not too toothpaste tube-esc. Sometimes people make (what I think) is a mistake in giving classic sports bikes an OTT paint job when actually the bikes tended to have a bit more subtlety & simplicity.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
andy-750
Member Avatar
Grand Master Poster
looks ok to me
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
owdbiker
Member Avatar
Grand Master Poster
ChrisGPZ600R
Jul 25 2015, 09:03 PM
Hi was bored with myself today. I have been thinking for a while now to create a custom design for the gpz.


Should i go ahead? Would you ride it?

Posted Image
YES and YES, looks really good
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
OK, seems mostly positive. I do like it myself, but it will look even better in real life.

Now just to scratch some penny's together....
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
zxr2
Member Avatar
400+
[ *  *  *  *  *  *  * ]
I like it not over the top I had one of these myself 1986 blue/white/red brilliant bike handled like it was on rails
Edited by zxr2, Aug 11 2015, 05:43 PM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
I'll upload some current pics over the weekend. I gave the bike a thorough inspection yesterday and I have loads of works ahead. Will prob take months, as I ride her everyday.

Some I need to do:

# Clean EVERYTHING.
# Fabricate some engine covers (some are badly damaged)
# Respray the frame
# Replace ALL/missing bolts
# Source 1 plastic cap for frame bolts
# Replace/repair the tensioner (slight oil leaking, looks bad, and cam chain becoming noisy)
# Want to completely replace all wiring (mostly ok condition, but some wires routed wrong/stupid "quick fixes)
# Source new windshield (cracked)
# Refurbish the AVDS and shocks (loads of paint chips)
# Replace clutch, throttle and brake lines (some slight exterior wear on cables)
# Remove scratches and small cracks then Repaint all the fairings and tank and handlebars
# Get new front tire and replace rear (rear is high sidewall,dodgy on corners)
# Re-cover the seat (Good but not perfect currently)
# replace all the hoses (fuel, vacuum and overflows)
# Make a spare key (only have 1 key)
# Flush and new oil
# want different mirrors
# Repaint the rims
# Buy a gear lever (You will see in pics to come what homemade lever I'm using =P )
# Check the Fuel level gauge setup, gets stuck on 1/4 down. Never know where actual fuel level is.
# New battery.
# New drive chain
# Polish the valve cover (very dull and uneven color)
# Pipes are good, but want to replace the can. Scratches and just not looking good.
# Adjust valves
# Replace Front brake pads
# replace front wheel bearings.
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Jan 5 2018, 10:22 AM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Final note: Damn these Acropovic cans are expensive, OMG
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Good news, a local guy will be able to fabricate a screen for me.

I'm selecting a deep red such as ruby in colored perspex. Won't cost an arm and a leg either for only about 33 pounds!
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tezx10b
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Hi did you get the frame bolt caps ?
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
:blink: Not yet, i lost one more since the bike was at mechanic... dang!

You looking for them? or have some?
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Update: Found a local bolt and nut and special tools shop selling high quality stainless steel bolts of various sizes and head styles.

Should be able to source all the bolts I need there.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tezx10b
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Ihave a full engineering shop and make high quality ones . :qzq :qzq will put up some pics tomorrow .
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
tezx10b
Sep 30 2015, 09:27 PM
Ihave a full engineering shop and make high quality ones . :qzq :qzq will put up some pics tomorrow .
Have some pics? i need 2x on left side. One is slightly bigger than other one.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
{Pics Update}

Current state.
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Hi everyone, Finally got the cam chain tensioner today. Some very slight wear on the slanted surfaces. Amazing after 25 years they are still in good shape. Bravo Kawasaki!

Seat off...

Posted Image


Tank off...

Posted Image


Getting ready to remove carbs...

Posted Image


Spring clips off and pushing the boots into the airbox...

Posted Image


Carbs off...

Posted Image


Tensioner cap off...

Posted Image


Tensioner removed...look all that nasty seeping oil on gearbox... yuck! time to clean

Posted Image


Inspecting the tensioner... looking good

Posted Image



After cleaning and reinstalling everything, I went for a quick ride around the block and slight tick still there, get slightly louder when engine warms up. Guess next steps is to inspect the valves. It is only audible when accelerating, deaccel its quiet.. any ideas? Tick definitely comes from top of engine. I hear it when leaning forward. Can't hear it from sides...

I wanted to add photos after cleaning and how i put the carbs back , but phones battery died... Murphy's Law :256

Everything took me 6 hours from disassembly to cleaning to reassembly. Was tons of crud behind the front sprocket cover.
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Feb 21 2018, 09:42 AM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Finaly got some good advice about "klonking" from bottom end. Seems to be the primary chain. it has a small tensioner setup with a bolt pertruding from the front, just in-front of the oil pan cover. Almost looks like a drain plug screw.

Posted Image

gonna inspect the weekend, with pics
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
davethetyreman
Member
[ *  * ]
Looks nice,,,
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
davethetyreman
Nov 23 2015, 11:09 PM
Looks nice,,,
Thanks
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Hi I have to make a correction where I said " Guess next steps is to inspect the valve shims." in 23rd Nov reply.

The Gpz does not use valve shims.It has cam levers with adjusters. Easy valve adjustment. :256
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
JesterYHZ
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
:445 Can one assume that cured the top end ticking?
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
NO, have not had time yet and need to get a torque wrench before i go further.

I had a chat with the guys over on the Gpz600r riders fb group, and they mentioned a tick is sometimes: "1) ignition, 2) cam chain 3) clutch basket" The tick is only heard on accel and idle, not on deaccel, it completely silent then.

Any ideas?

I have 700 km's left before the 5k km oil change. then i'll do a few things all at once. (Pri chain tensioner, clean the oil level window from inside, valve adjusters, and things like that)

Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
JesterYHZ
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
:445 Cool. Let us know how it goes. On a side note, the ZN750 rebuild is coming along. I'm opting for just one piston, as the others measure out fine, as do the cylinders. There seems to be hardly any wear on them at all. I was concerned I might have to punch the cylinders and go o'size. I can't wait the get it put back together. I haven't ever heard it run yet.

The wheels turned out awesome, and the engine cases polished up nice. The electrical system needed extensive restoration, but as an avionics engineer, I think I got it covered..lol
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
I am doing an oil change tomorrow, will be inspecting the Primary chain, while I have the oil filter off with the whole sump.

Anyone know how tight to turn them back in? I dont have a torque wrench, so will have to resort to finger tight and then 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 turn method...

Also would it hurt the engine if I just turn it over for a few seconds without oil? (I mean like 2-4 secs only). Need to try and listen what the rattle is while the sump is off...?

Any help would be appreciated
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Feb 5 2016, 09:49 PM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
I will upload images too as i do not find any real tutorials on youtube for GPZ's oil pan removal and inspection
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Just a quick update,

Solved the top end ticking by adjusting the valves.

Strangely only no 1 and 4 cylinder exhaust was over its max 0.23mm (0.25mm). Also gave me a chance to inspect the cam chain and cam lobes. Everything seems fine with no visible wear.

After I went for a quick 5 km ride and the ticking is finally gone when engine is warm. Next inspection will be at 70 000 km. (now at 60 234km)


Next job will be to try and sort out the bottom en "klonking" on idle.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Update:

Brand new bt45 front tyre and brake pads.

On removal of the wheel I felt the bearings are a bit worn. Will need to replace.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
After my little "oops" the other day I mentioned in another post. I need to make some fairing as the windscreen is shattered.

Has anyone here have some experience with fibreglass?
I want to make some customs for the GPZ.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
:489 Ok so a few weeks has passed and haven't had the leisure of getting any feedback here for fibreglassing.

So I decided to just push ahead and make/modify some custom fairing. I got a front end from a different donor bike (cheapo 125) and I am planning to use it as a foundation to work from.

Check the pic below of an initial "fitting" this morning. I have the lights but will need to make a custom visor and also widen the original side fairings to accommodate the new front-end. Also the subframe holding the mirrors and cluster needs to be changed/modified.

i know its sad to change the old gal, but I have to make use of what I can get. :111
Posted Image


Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Aug 14 2016, 09:00 AM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
had a little more time with photoshot now =)
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Hi KOC!

Sorry been many moons since last post but see my progress. Been a bit busy lately but back on it. ( After finally convicing the Mrs to "borrow" part of the living room for a few weeks )

Getting ready to strip down and quick glance on idea of front end. The gal needs a facelisf! :693 More down....

Posted Image


Day 2 ! Everything needs to come off~! Electrics and all.

Posted Image


Day 3! Surprisingly still mechanically sound, engine top, bottom end inspection and degreasing/de-oiling ^_^ . Going to totally clean engine and re-oil. Only leaving pistons, crankshaft and gearbox as these can be checked whithout removal. I am a bit nervous about the timing setup on reassembly, but I will give it a go. Hahnes Manual only shows 3 out of 5 spanners of difficulty. Any timing experts around here?

Posted Image

Day 4! the spares everywhere. Nicely cleaned or about to be cleaned.

Posted Image

She needs a frame respray, thinking red/candy red, dont know yet... so I will start there and reassemble as I get time...

Posted Image

The pistons are a bit sooted as well as valve heads, cleaninf them with a hard plastic bristled brush, seems to work well wth strong decreaser.

Posted Image

Will post more soon as I go.

Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Day 5: Engine out!

Posted Image

Lots of degreasing to do

Posted Image

Anyone know a easy way to get the rust deposits out of the block orifices? I used some lemon juice on the radiator and sloshed it around for a day, seemed to get most of the rust out. But not sure how to get the block clean.

Posted Image
Posted Image

Forks nice and clean.

Posted Image

Exhaust next up for cleaning.

Posted Image

post some more soon, I chose racing green color for frame :256
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Jan 5 2018, 10:30 AM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Day 6! Frame painted, need more coats could only do two. Lots of grinding early in morning for about 3 hours.\

Posted Image

Just for reference :693

Posted Image
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Jan 6 2018, 05:29 PM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
ChrisGPZ600R
Member Avatar
100 MPH
[ *  *  *  * ]
Day 7! Frame swingarm painted and assembled


Posted Image

Close up of paint, came out well. 3 coats 2thin, 1 thick

Posted Image
Posted Image

They paints I used from bare metal to paint

Posted Image

Cylinders, piston heads, valves cleaned
Posted Image
Day 8! Engine in frame, the marriage
Posted Image

Tank stripped down , painting last, will go with liquid black (wet effect paint, high gloss)

Posted Image

Airbox cleaned up well with a heat gun to rid all the faded black. deep scratches still there but much nicer appearance.

Posted Image

Bought these , Oring kit(metric), new filters.

Posted Image
Edited by ChrisGPZ600R, Feb 21 2018, 09:07 AM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
2 users reading this topic (2 Guests and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · Projects · Next Topic »
Add Reply





© KOC


Copyright © 1999-2018 All rights reserved www.kawasakiownersclub.com






eXTReMe Tracker