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ZL900 update into the new century!

PTPopz813 Sep 12, 2018

  1. PTPopz813

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    I bought a basket case ZL900. Parked for 11 years after a tree branch knocked it over back in 2007. Damage is mostly cosmetic. I have started replacing broken parts already, but am going to update stuff too. Will post photos later this week of what is going on with it!
     
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    Ok now I have time! The tree branch, from what I can tell, hit the left side of the bike. The kick stand got spread out around the frame mount.(loads of play) The left side of the handle bars are 1/2 inch lower then the right side. The speedometer is broken off the triple tree. The clutch master cylinder is broken off the handle bars, the grip is chewed and the choke lever is missing. And lastly there is a dent in the tank on the left side made by the fuel tank lid thing. (What ever that part is called) Like I said, not to bad mostly cosmetic.

    I am the second owner, Dave (the guy I bought it from) gave me the history. He over-revved the bike two months after he bought it, destroying the top end. So he just dropped a motor in it from a wrecked ZL. (Circa Aug 1985) The following spring he installed a lower rise set of handle bars. I totally believe this, since there are rust spots on both sides of the tank where the throttle and choke cable hit on full lock. About a year before the branch hit it the start button popped out of the hand control. When the branch landed on the bike, (plate on the bike was 08/07) he stood the bike back up, it would not even crank. He dug around the wire harness and ignition switch but found nothing. He parked the bike in his garage that summer, I bought it a month ago!
     
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    Here is the test fit so far. I picked up OEM style bars in black. Need to tank the forks out and rebuild them... They leak. Planning to paint the lower struts, the lower and upper triple and brake parts. 20180817_155219.jpg 20180818_184939.jpg 20180818_183217.jpg 20180818_190754.jpg
     
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  5. Gabriel

    Gabriel New Member

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    Interested to see how this turns out.:thumbsup:
     
  6. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Channel locks? Who uses channel locks on a bike? I have several pairs of them too but I've never used them on a bike, only for plumbing.
     
  7. 87kawzl

    87kawzl Supporting Member

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    Maybe he was twisting some grips off that were glued on or has to hold a part that was broken off like a gauge pod tab. I never use mine on bolts or nuts (vice grips work better on stripped ones) but they seem to get plenty of use.
     
  8. MachIV

    MachIV Senior Member

    Best to just use air on grips.
     
  9. PTPopz813

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    they work great on stuck speedo cable nuts
     
  10. Trojan441

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    I dislike it when old bikes with style are combined with new parts that do not belong! Why don't people just get a new **** styled bike & leave the old ones alone, just my 2 cents!
     
  11. prfixer

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    Not every bike out there can be showroom perfect. Better to keep it running as best you can!
     
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  12. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    I agree prfixer........gotta' do what you gotta' do!
     
  13. GaryD

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    Style works what ever age it is. Nothing wrong 'improving' what you have.
     
  14. MachIV

    MachIV Senior Member

    Hey Trojan441,
    <<<<< 03 ZRX w/1,000 miles + Red ZL900 w/22k miles + Mean Streak forks and wheels...

    Nah,nah,nah!!!!!
     

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