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Old 10-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #16
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right on, another 1977 h2 pic. here's my with my then new bride.

diggin' the ironhead too....
Cool pics, nice to know I'm not the only one who likes bikes that don't usually go together.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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I have two iron heads and a '74 H2. You're in good company.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:43 PM   #18
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cool restoration, Love the triples! I had a couple of the smaller ones myself, as a teen. I think I still have a hand written timeslip from Fremont Dragstrip from racing my S1 250triple that I fitted with a 400cc engine, would run respectable mid-13's with my homemade wheelie bars.

I grew up in Fremont, CA, (ok, I never really grew up) home of the famous Hot Bike Engineering shop run by Tony Nicocia, who sort of pre-dated Denise Dean and Denco, also in Fremont at that time. Tony set several NHRA records back then, I used to ride my bicycle past his shop, and drool over the race bikes parked near the window, dreaming of the day I could own one. Those guys, Tony, Denise, and Rusty Jones, were thee go-to guys for Kawasaki 2-stroke triple tuning, performance parts, pipes, porting, and all sorts of go-fast goodies in the Bay Area. Thanks for the pics and trip down memory lane, good luck with the restoration
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:43 AM   #19
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If the other frame is in better shape just transfer your nos. I need to get a couple H2 cranks done in the near future,who are you using and how can I contact them.I have an original 72 thats also been sitting since 81 and a project bike that may or may not ever come to pass.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #20
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If the other frame is in better shape just transfer your nos. I need to get a couple H2 cranks done in the near future,who are you using and how can I contact them.I have an original 72 thats also been sitting since 81 and a project bike that may or may not ever come to pass.
Here's some pricing and contact info for two guys that have gotten good feedback on the Kawasaki Triples Forum.

I haven't started on the motor yet, I want to get the complete chassis finished first.


PorscheDave

http://kawi2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=571



Charlie Smith (443) 752-1222. The options are listed below:
H1
Option 1 – Standard grade bearings with new slotted rods $840.00
Option 2 – Koyo bearings with new slotted rods $925.00
H2
Option 1 – Standard grade bearings with used stock non-slotted rods $680
Option 2 – Standard grade bearings with new IMS rods (slotted) $775
Option 3 – Koyo bearings with used stock non-slotted rods $765
Option 4 - Koyo bearings with new IMS rods (slotted) $860
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #21
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Here's some pricing and contact info for two guys that have gotten good feedback on the Kawasaki Triples Forum.

I haven't started on the motor yet, I want to get the complete chassis finished first.


PorscheDave

http://kawi2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=571



Charlie Smith (443) 752-1222. The options are listed below:
H1
Option 1 Standard grade bearings with new slotted rods $840.00
Option 2 Koyo bearings with new slotted rods $925.00
H2
Option 1 Standard grade bearings with used stock non-slotted rods $680
Option 2 Standard grade bearings with new IMS rods (slotted) $775
Option 3 Koyo bearings with used stock non-slotted rods $765
Option 4 - Koyo bearings with new IMS rods (slotted) $860
Thanks alot for the info,will definitely be contacting one or both.I notice however that Charlie posts prices for used non-slotted rods and I have a few cranks with low mileage that have the factory slotted rods,I wonder if they were crap or something. Guess I'm asking the wrong person.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #22
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My crank has slotted rods also, didn't know they ever came non slotted.....
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #23
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Early 72 cranks had non slotted rods.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #24
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Just out of curiosity why are you going back to stock spec? I think a period correct performance build would be the way to go.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:21 PM   #25
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Been working a lot the last few months and just recently got back to the bike.

I completely disassembled the engine, no surprises except for a broken clutch spring bolt.



The bare crankcases and crankshaft.



The crank was shipped off to renowned crank builder PorscheDave.

I had the crankcases bead blasted to remove the black paint.




Bead blasting left a porous surface that's going to be very hard to keep clean. The solution to that is to have them vaporblasted. More on that later...
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:55 PM   #26
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I started rebuilding some of the bike's sub systems.

I'm replacing the the current Denco 34mm Mikuni's with a set of stock 30mm carbs I got off EBay.

The insides needed some attention.







I sent them off to Dan Vitaletti at http://vaporblastsolutions.com


Got them back in about a week, they looked fantastic!





I rebuilt the carbs with genuine Mikuni rebuild kits from Sudco.




I also had the vacuum petcock vaporblasted.







All seals,filters and diaphragm replaced.




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Old 01-11-2014, 01:02 PM   #27
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I built up a set of forks using some lowers with internals I picked up cheap and a new set of fork tubes from http://www.midatlanticcycle.com/store/. Good guys to deal and great prices.

The fork lowers were pretty oxidized and scratched up. The shiny spot on the bottom of the left fork leg was where a parking decal was and shows the original finish.



I used this how to as a guide when refinishing the fork lowers. http://kawtriple.com/mraxl/tips/fork...estoration.htm

It took quite a bit of sanding and polishing with steel wool to remove the scratches. The resulting finish matches the original spot pretty well.



I refinished the fork caps as well. Before/after.



All the parts cleaned and ready for assembly.



These special circlips which hold in the damper rods are not easy to find.



Used this nicely make seal driver from Motion Pro to install new seals.



NOS fork boots installed, evidently the repo boots don't fit quite right.



Competed fork assemblies.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:09 PM   #28
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I had the Lester wheels media blasted.



The rear wheel looked pretty good, it had a few minor areas of pitting.

The front however had a few more seriously corroded areas.



Most wheel repair shops can fix this by welding and resurfacing. There's a fair number of areas that would have to be addressed, might not be cost effective.

Original wire wheels are easy to find and cheap on eBay, so I think I will go that route.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:18 PM   #29
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The bare crankcases and crankshaft.
The crank was shipped off to renowned crank builder PorscheDave.

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I had Dave do some work on my Stinger crank. Even though He specializes in the H1/H2 cranks, he did a great job on my crank.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:03 PM   #30
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SHIT HOT!!!! I learned today, clicking on this thread. I didn't know vacuum petcocks went that far back in time. Thanks for sharing!!
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