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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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I was having a "dead cylinder" issue for a while. Happened very suddenly and would die off at idle. Bogged down at times. I ran Seafoam through a tank with no relief.

It was suggested to test the voltage running to coils. I did the electrical tests and then did the coil mod, running wires directly to the coils for better spark. All tested well, but still had the "dead cylinder" issue.

Pulled the carbs and went through. Rejetted to 142/42's and did the ear shave while all was off the bike. Followed the ear shave sticky at the top of the Carb thread and was it ever a help !! Bless those that have come before me and did these tasks, especially those that have made such excellent "how to's" for us to follow.

My local Kawi dealer only had the main jets so I ordered the pilots from the source listed on the Ear Shave sticky. Should have just ordered all from there. Placed order for Pilots and shims (dealer had neither) at 430pm, received a "shipped" email at 630 pm. Great service !! Found filter pods on-line through Amazon. Ordered parts, then waited patiently.

All my filters and jets came in. Finished the carbs then had to wait due to cold temps. God must have been really trying to teach me patience cuz it took a couple of weeks. I was really getting stir crazy with finished carbs and no way to test. Warm today, so started on project this morning and just finished up. Took for a test run. No dead cylinder and very responsive.

If I knew how much of a difference it would have made, I would have done ear shave earlier. Very nice.
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I am gonna do an ear shave also... about how much would you say all the parts costs?

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R/R relocated
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Let's $ee....

2 of K&N RC-2340 Universal Chrome Filter (Amazon) 69.03
2 of Emgo Crankcase Vent Filter Kit 14-20900 (Amazon) 35.40
2 Feet of 3/8 fuel line at Autozone 3.01
2 Pilot Jets and pack of shims for needles 20.00 (approx)
2 Main Jets at local Kawasaki dealership 20.00 (approx)
2 6mm x 20mm bolts for the Emgo brackets (Ace Hardware) 2.00
1 small plug for vacuum port on front carb .50
Cleaner for carbs (Walmart) 3.50
2" x 36" aluminum flat bar (hand made the coasters) (Ace) 6.00

Above total 159.44 (Don't tell my wife...)

The learning experience and what knowledge I gained from this forum...PRICELESS !

I also replaced wires while everything was apart. Really look good.

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Awesome... I need to save up the $$, but when I do... its definitely gonna get done. Thanks man

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When you get ready to do it, review the sticky at the start of this forum. It was EXCELLENT. Be ready to do some sawing with a reciprocating saw to get the black plastic plenum out. That was fun, but was a real timesaver. Lots of room (relatively speaking) once that is out of the way.

I saw you plan on the R&R and coaster. I used the flat plate aluminum rod to make the coasters and the bracket to hold the Rectifier from the frame on the left rear side. Still have plenty left. Enough the have made a couple mistakes and still have some left over.

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Snapshot

Here's a snapshot of each side completed.

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Very nice looking job, Okiebezer. I like my ears, but if I ever have a problem like yours I would have no qualms about making my bike look like that!
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Here's a side view.

Complete bike view after getting all the dust off her this afternoon.
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Power to ya brother Okie !!!! ...Im glad another one decided to take the leap....
You'll probably find yourself getting better fuel milage too...I did...
Now ya need to s*can the belly and dump on a set of Sportster muffs, and you'll be set....



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Got that on my list. Gonna have a crossover pipe welded up so I can "hot swap". I have a goats belly in a tub with my parts bikes. I'll take that so they can use as a pattern.

Where to get the muffs? What price should I expect to pay?
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