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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.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike