Kawasaki KZ650 cafe-racer. Polished valve cover.

Before starting Kawasaki KZ650 engine  assembling I have a couple of works to do. One of them is engine covers polishing. I want to get them ready so that after assembling the engine will be stored not only completely ready, but also sealed. And here is the first ready unit: valve cover. It is also the hardest cover to polish due to its configuration,  design (which also includes DOHC lettering) and condition.  It is a 40 years old cover which was in use for a long time, and  was some time ago glass beads blasted. The casting of cover is accurate, but it never was intended to be polished, and unevenness of casting alloy didn’t make things easier. It took  me a lot of effort and work to make the cover looks decently. To show you  a contrast between “before” and “after” here is a couple of pairs of photos:

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From the first movements of sandpaper it was obvious  what amount of work lay ahead.

Preparation for polishing is a work that requires patience. The path of using coarse sandpaper may look more attractive and fast, but one who takes it will end up with a result which is far from perfect, or having even more work removing scratches from coarse sandpaper. So progress was slow.

However, after a lot of dry and wet sandpapering cover began to look much better. It was mostly ready for polishing.

This time polishing was also tricky because I had a lot of corners and tight spaces to process. I did my best and I went right to the edge, after which the time spent on improving the result tends to head  toward infinity, while improving itself heads in the opposite direction.  So here is, polished  Kawasaki KZ650 valve cover, fresh after polishing:

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Letters gave me quite a headache.

Kawasaki KZ650 valve cover Kawasaki KZ650 valve cover Kawasaki KZ650 valve coverSome additional “after” photos to make a contrast to those detailed “before” photos:

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