So, everything was ready for Kawasaki KZ650 engine assembling . There are two workbenches in my garage, and one of them I designed according to my idea of comfort engine assembling. Here is how my engine assembling space looks like:
The main feature of this table is shelving I made and installed at back side of table. Since most engines I am working on are inline fours, I made sections of shelving large enough to accommodate average cylinder head, cylinder block or crankshaft.
I started engine assembling traditionally for me: from installing valves. This action tunes me up for more complicated assembling works. For cylinder head assembling I use a valve spring compressor tool of my own design. There is a layer of rubber under the tape wrapping (bicycle tube actually). It’s a highly recommended mode for those who don’t like banging freshly painted cylinder heads with bare metal rods.
Cylinder head assembling is a simple process and with only eight valves per head it was finished in no time. It seemed that you only started: installed all lower washers and seals, took the first valve…