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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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I think I know the answer but ....

As I get down to tearing down the "Other Woman", I was reminded about a debate I had with a co-worker. I have this sneaky suspicion that I'm not the first one inside the engine as the top half is silver and the bottom half is black. Just curious if anyone knows which half might be original on a 87 or if it all might be. I find it hard to believe it came from the factory this way.
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A picture would be helpful...

AFAIK - the engine paint on my 85 should be the same as on the 87...

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If you're saying the crankcase is black and the jugs are silver (which is what I think you're saying) - it's very possible that someone stripped the paint from the jugs (the paint on mine's in crappy shape... I'll eventually wire brush it all off just so it'll look a bit better...).

Someone else should pop along shortly (I.E. at such a time that people SHOULD be awake) to prove me wrong ;-)

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I pretty sure only the '85 had the black engine (& wheels) stock. Wheels only were black on '86, and after that, all was silver/aluminum.


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Hyper is correct, the 85 had a black motor and was a 700, in 86 they were 750's and all silver.

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So then I DO have a mutt. I knew she hasn't lead the best life so far and might explain the base gaskets leaking like a 1 month old puppy. It should all look better when I'm done, I like the idea of an all black motor so I was planning on repainting it during the rebuild. Now just to get the time to keep going. Thanks guys
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Well Dragon, yours isn't the first to show up in the forum with questionable roots.
There was one member here awhile ago, Insured Disaster, who finally realized his bike was more than likely a mutt also. I believe he had a '90 with quite possibly a motor from an '85...


Best of luck with the rebuild, and be sure to post some pics as you go along


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I'm not a 100% sure of this, but isn't there a serial number stamped somewhere on the engine block...that you can type into the parts page at Kawasaki..and find out what year the engine is????

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I'm not a 100% sure of this, but isn't there a serial number stamped somewhere on the engine block...that you can type into the parts page at Kawasaki..and find out what year the engine is????

KM
That definately works for the frame (VIN) number,
but when I tried with the engine number, it came back "We could not find a match on the VIN provided"


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Well Dragon, yours isn't the first to show up in the forum with questionable roots.
There was one member here awhile ago, Insured Disaster, who finally realized his bike was more than likely a mutt also. I believe he had a '90 with quite possibly a motor from an '85...
Yeah, Dragon, like Hyper says, don't feel bad that you have a mutt. I think that is an occupational hazard for those of us who do any work on our bikes (and buy off ebay). WindRider is so much of a mutt that the headlight bucket says "Suzuki" on it. I'd love to know the whole story behind that... But she is a '85 (black engine), has (that I know about) mirrors from a '92, fuel sensor from a '97, tank from a '00, and so forth:



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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I think I have it figured out .... trying to post pics of the old girl. If I'm right the lower half is an 85 vn700 and being the only difference in the 700 to 750 is the stroke, I have a mutted 700. I'll double check when I get the crank out.
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