KZ650 cafe-racer. Some small purchases.

And here is another Kawasaki KZ650 cafe-racer  shopping post.

As I bought a new tank for the project, I also had to buy rubber cushions to mount the tank.   Here they are:

Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushionsLet’s unpack them!

Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushions Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushionsFront mounts are of pretty ordinary design.

Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushionsWhile the rear mounts are a bit more complicated: rubbers are made in two pieces and so are the metal spacers. They are to be assembled like this:

Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushions Suzuki GS550-650 tank rubber cushionsNow, with rubbers on my hands I could finish setting a new tank on the frame.

When I was buying a PMC manual timing chain tensioner for our Kawasaki KZ650 I did not notice that an option of automatic tensioner was available. Actually, both PMC manual and automatic tensioners are marked by manufacturer as products designed for bigger Zs, like Z900, Z1, Z1-R and so on. However, as part numbers for early  KZ650 cam chain tensioners are identical to those of Z1-R, one could deduct that the PMC automatic tensioner might be compatible with KZ650  (and likely with its further developments too). So the idea of an automatic timing chain tensioner of modern design in the KZ650 engine started itching at the back of my mind since the moment of the arrival of the manual tensioner. On the down of this year I decided to stop that itching and so I’ve bought the tensioner. Here it is:

PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650Package contains the tensioner itself  (with housing nicely machined from aluminium), spring, rod and  spacer for it, gasket, two Allen bolts to mount a tensioner and manual written in Japanese.

PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650 PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650 PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650 PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650Here is a photo of the manual. It’s Greek for me, but basic specs of the tensioner are clearly shown in pictures.  According to the manual, the tensioner set initially had to contain two springs of different strength. My tensioner has only one spring.

Kawasaki Z1, Z1R, KZ1000 timing chain tensioner manualLet’s take a closer look at the tensioner and at how perfectly it is machined:

PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650 PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650 PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650To finish the post, here is the photo of tensioner with its piston completely compressed:

PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650And fully extended:

PMC automatic timing chain tensioner for Kawasaki KZ650

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