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    Sow's ear.

    Just inspiration for you guys frustrated with your Kawasaki projects. I plan to have this running this season. Disclaimer: inside of the engine is pretty mint, I have a mint cylinder and pistons to go on it, and a complete set of valves for the head, and a whole bunch of parts I have left over and collected from other part outs and projects so this is more of a time rather than money project.



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    I've got a couple like that!

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    Right now the most expensive thing I think I need to source will be an oil cooler and one exhaust stinger. (I am converting to a 15f type cooler). But I may shop build a copy of the aftermarket stainless stinger.

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    Best of luck

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    Hey, raven, if you need a display, I've got one that would go well with that 'Ski:



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    how did that get so full of water? anyway to prevent this? yikes!

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    Great project, a littel TLC, time and effort and you can make tinks look great and run great again.
    My 650 SX was a shell, nothing in it but dirt, and ants and weeds. Brought it and engine back to life and it has been a great fun standup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raven007 View Post
    Right now the most expensive thing I think I need to source will be an oil cooler and one exhaust stinger. (I am converting to a 15f type cooler). But I may shop build a copy of the aftermarket stainless stinger.
    If you need an oil cooler let me know. I may have what you want.

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    I'm trying to non destructively open the one i have. it appears the front face is glued into place. I am thinking maybe heat and gentle prying will open it up. Luckily this is an early 12 and does not have slo mode so I will probably 3d print a blank plate that snaps in or holds an old school four led gas gauge or something. The connectors appear to be sumitomo MT series so plugging into the harness shouldn't be dramatic. I am working on a standalone buzzer module though. I will setup the complete electrics on the workbench and throw the logic analyzer on the diagnostic line. I am jumping out on a limb and guessing its some form of k-line like the main KDS bus so I know how to work with that. Mainly just need a gas gauge on it. I can throw a tiny tach on it to make sure its turning rated rpm and use a handheld GPS to make sure I am achieving rated speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky STX-15F View Post
    how did that get so full of water? anyway to prevent this? yikes!
    I was thinking about putting some goldfish in it...

    I don't know what happened to this. It sat outside for about 7 years, perhaps it has a crack somewhere and rain got inside.

    Make sure to pull yours out, remove the rubber plug, and seal it with 3M 5200. Also, seal where the wires go through the rubber plug. The plugs appear to dry out with age and they don't seal well. If you flip the 'Ski over, water gets in through the plug.

    Raven, I've opened one up by using a soldering iron with an X-acto blade on it to cut it open. I don't know any way to open one non-destructively. I got it to work, but my glue joint failed later on and it got water in it again and destroyed it.

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