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post #1 of 26 Old 04-30-2019, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Well folks, looks like i got taken. Thought the bike (2003 Vee) would need just a little TLC, looks like it wasn't maintained well and needs just about every maintenance item there is plus some.

Initial looks were fine but noticed some corrosion, rust, and general non upkeep. Decided to tear into her since it does look like they changed the oil at least and did the shims though needing adjustment soon.

I did get a chance to ride the bike and it started and ran fine oddly enough. But i'm glad i tore it down to do a full repair/maintenance on it. I can't add photos yet, too new.

-- List of needed stuff Thus Far--

- Front head coolant seal
- Coolant hoses
- Clutch basket (shuddering terribly)
- Turn signals (Aftermarket ones on the bike were unsafe)
- Clutch side cover (Bad corrosion)
- Thermostat ( Bad Corrosion)
- Rear brake disk and pads
- Front headlight assembly metal bracket/stay (Badly rusted)
- Gas tank Possibly (Rusted Seems)
- Chain (looks like it was never lubed)
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post #2 of 26 Old 04-30-2019, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure if the photos are actually posting, but here are some more.
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Since your that deep into it, be sure to check your rotor magnets.
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post #5 of 26 Old 04-30-2019, 09:20 PM
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Nice thing is good used parts on the secondary market are plentiful and inexpensive. The rust and corrosion while an eyesore are probably from the bike living outside and not so much an mechanical issue. Rubber hoses no matter if the bike was well cared for would have been at the end of their service life. A little TLC and a few dollars should have you back up and running in short order. The beauty is it sounds like you can diagnose and do the work yourself which helps a lot. If you had to rely on a shop you quickly get in waaaaay over you head monetarily.
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16 years old. Hard to say you were taken without giving us what you paid.

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@Kaine Beedenbender :
Quick!! Put the camera down and grab the bike before it completely sinks completely out of sight!!

Looks like you know what you're doing. The problem I'm having trying to refurbish my neglected KZ750 is the more stuff I do the more stuff I do "as long as I'm in this deep..."
Just believe that you and the next owner will have a mighty fine bike.
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@Kaine Beedenbender :
Quick!! Put the camera down and grab the bike before it completely sinks completely out of sight!!

Looks like you know what you're doing. The problem I'm having trying to refurbish my neglected KZ750 is the more stuff I do the more stuff I do "as long as I'm in this deep..."
Just believe that you and the next owner will have a mighty fine bike.

Reminds me of the story of the guy who ends up totally rebuilding his boat because there was a burned out light bulb.
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Well folks, looks like i got taken. Thought the bike (2003 Vee) would need just a little TLC, looks like it wasn't maintained well and needs just about every maintenance item there is plus some.
Seems like a harsh statement from the items you list. You bought a used motorcycle and it is not in like new restored condition, maybe even slightly neglected. Which is to be expected. You could have looked at the chain before putting the money down. I would agree that you got taken if there was a major problem that the seller tried to hide from you, such as a cracked frame, bent fork, a blown cylinder head gasket or any other costly issue.

Anyway like others already said it's good that you can do the work yourself and change the things that make you feel confident in your bike. It should serve you well for many years to come.
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Remember that it may be worth more parting it out ...that is unless you overpaid. That looks like a $1500 or less bike...good "ThinStrom" project bike though!

I am done with working on rusty corroded crap....been there done that and ain't doing it again.
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