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ok I went and picked up a 2003 last night so I am back on the road, however all is not well yet so lets review:

It has been stored since Oct and looses the rear cyl at times and cuts out terribly unless it is run at full choke. Thas new plugs but not iridiums
25,000 miles and the p.o. had no idea about the splines. Charging system looks good<sigh of relief> battery is new but not a MF, aftermarket pipes

So, correct me if I am wrong: iridium plugs, MASSIVE dose of Seafoam, Honda Moly60(?)on the splines, drill the plugs & reset at 2.5 turns out to start.

am I forgetting anything? (BTW there are some pics in my cross your fingers thread)

edit: I'm also going to replace the ageing acct's with a freshly rebuilt pair residing in my toolbox

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Congrats!

First thing to check is the carb vent line. Make sure it is not bottomed out in the right ear. Remove, cut off at 45 degree angle so when pushed back in it will still breath.

Also, sounds stupid, but check your gas. On reserve?

Go from there.

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edit: I'm also going to replace the ageing acct's with a freshly rebuilt pair residing in my toolbox
don't waste your time go get a set of TOC MCCT's... put the fresh ones one craigs list and eBay.

as for the cutting out on one cylinder, fuel could be a cause, or it could be electrical, check the coil pick up assembly wires where they leave the stator housing... mine were pinched right there and grounding out sporadically.
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Congratulations on the new ride Rook. I am sure you will get all the bugs worked out with patience, systematic diagnosis and a little help from the more skilled wrenches among us.

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Congrats!
First thing to check is the carb vent line. Make sure it is not bottomed out in the right ear. Remove, cut off at 45 degree angle so when pushed back in it will still breath. Also, sounds stupid, but check your gas. On reserve?
Go from there. Jon
Yep, do the costless first, and the above could very well be the problem... Fresh gas...???
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If it has been sitting since October, I would definitely remove, disassemble and completely clean the carbs. Yes I know it is a pain, but it is the only way you will ever get them completely clean. Running Seafoam through it, or soaking the float bowls in Seafoam may help, but you're better off starting with clean carbs, and then not letting that happen again.


AS for the cam chain tensioners, I would definitely go with the manual ones. I messed around with 2 different sets of stock ones before going to manual, and all I did was throw my money away, and cause myself a lot of frustration. Now I know better.

I hope the splines are ok, if there is serious damage, they might last a little longer, but with things like that, the more wear they have, the faster they wear. If Kawasaki was not going to lube the splines during assembly, they should have included it as part of the break in maintenance. If you follow the schedule in the manual, you will have damaged splines before the first scheduled maintenance is due on them.

I don't know about the iridium plugs, I have never used them, but may get some when I change mine again, in about 10,000-12,000 miles. So many here say they are better, I guess they must be.

Get an AGM maintenance free battery.

I have my pilot screws out 3 full turns, which is where it idles best, and it doesn't foul the plugs, but I have to turn them back in to 1 1/2 turns to pass the stupid emissions test.

Since the previous owner didn't seem to know or care about maintenance, I would just go ahead and service everything, the bike will be more reliable and last longer. Jerry.

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