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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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getting my kz 550 on the road (with pics)

so i bought a kx 550 as my first bike and i am all ready in love with it.
yesterday it started to rain so i had to move it and i was gonna go to sleep but instead as any one would have done i picked up a wrench. i ended up pulling the carbs and cleaning them, the gaskets all looked fine .does anyone know tricks on how to pop them back in. the air box i have is a pita to work with.
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I can only speak from the experience of working on the vn750 carbs but perhaps the situation is similar. On our carbs you leave the rubber boot from the front carb attached to the front jug and the rear carb boot stays on the carb. Maybe try attaching the boots to the airbox side of the carbs and leaving the other side's boots on the engine and see if you can kind of wiggle it into place. Putting my carbs back in I had to twist and wiggle them to get the boots worked back on right.

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where im stuck, the carbse in place and the rubber pieces from the airbox popped into the air box and its being a pita to get them to sit in the ridge like they should
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There a pita on my CB750 as well, mostly, if there as old as mine there stiff and hard (talking rubber carb boots here) and don't flex well, I just use a little WD40 and add few choice words and it usually works. I keep threating to go with individual K&N's but can't justify the cost right now.
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thats what i was thinking being that it is a four carb set up just go with pod filters on the carbs

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yea i just need to go to the store and get a can of pb blaster (works a whole lot better than wd40 in my opinion) and keep fighting it, i also need things like line lubbers and stuff its an old bike that needs it. but hopefully in the next 2 weeks im riding it daily.
i had to order some new hand controls and tires any one try shinko before
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I have shinkos on my bike. Have had them for about 5k miles so far. They seem to be showing very little wear and handle pretty good. For the price I can't complain at all.

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i found a set of 712 for 102.00 shipped so i think thats what i might go with
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thats what i was thinking being that it is a four carb set up just go with pod filters on the carbs
the kz550 uses carbs mith mechanical slides,so they are farly easy to tune on a four(yes you need to re-jet if you use pods),as compared to a bank of cv carbs(altough you might have to search for the right jets) look into http://kzrider.com
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i hear doing pods is a nightmare on her so i think i might just keep the air box setup for now at least i really just want to get her running so i can ride her
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