KZ650 cafe-racer. Engine assembling. Part 1.

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:

Workbench for motorcycle engine assemblingThe 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.

Workbench for motorcycle engine assemblingBefore starting the next stage of assembling I load all necessary parts  on the shelving, thus I always have at hand whatever I need.

Workbench for motorcycle engine assembling Workbench for motorcycle engine assembling Workbench for motorcycle engine assembling Workbench for motorcycle engine assemblingI 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.

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assemblingNew genuine valve seals finish setup of NOS cylinder head and new (and again genuine) valves.

Kawasaki valve sealsI use a mix of engine oil and LM48 molybdenum grease for initial valve stems lubrication.

Engine oil and molybdenum grease for valves stem lubricationCylinder 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…

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling

Photo by Oksana Sakharova

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling

Photo by Oksana Sakharova

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling

Photo by Oksana Sakharova

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling Then whoosh! And you are already halfway:

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling

Photo by Oksana Sakharova

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling And then again: wait a minute,  it’s the last valve! Time passed so fast.

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling

Photo by Oksana Sakharova

Kawasaki KZ650 (KZ750) cylinder head assembling Special thanks to Oksana for photo-shooting me in the process!

 

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