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Author: rickm
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Lithium Battery?
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: Lithium Battery?

So my '81 J with integrated regulator/rectifier should be ok, just as long as I can be sure of the source of the battery?
Presumably you'd still need an 18Ah rated battery? EDIT: just read that the cold crank current is rated differently for LiFe batteries than lead acid.
Author: rickm
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Lithium Battery?
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: Lithium Battery?

RALPHARAMA wrote:The charging system on classic bikes is incompatible with lithium ion batteries.

I'd be interested to know more. Is it the charging rate or something about how it's regulated that is a problem?
Some folk (Mr Pigford?) seem to get away with it?
Author: rickm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Lithium Battery?
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: Lithium Battery?

Bit of a thread revival here, but I'm just wondering what the latest opinions are on lithium ion batteries for Zeds?
Plus, there's a lot of suppliers to choose from, so can anyone recommend a particular source / make of battery?
Author: rickm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: Z1100 R1 1985
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Z1100 R1 1985

Maybe 19 inch wheel with 18 inch mudguard ?
Author: rickm
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: Z1100 R1 1985
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Z1100 R1 1985

Nice :up
Author: rickm
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

So, I re-routed the hoses to run under the tank and adapted the bracket holding the radiator to allow more space through the front of the frame triangle.... only to find that the hoses were then not quite long enough to bolt onto the radiator without being in tension and with some sharp bends :x I c...
Author: rickm
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: newer 'old' bikes
Replies: 14
Views: 786

Re: newer 'old' bikes

ddg900 wrote:air-cooled as in air+oil cooled, or just pure air only?


As in "not water cooled" ?
Oil coolers are allowed :)
Author: rickm
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: newer 'old' bikes
Replies: 14
Views: 786

Re: newer 'old' bikes

I admit I'm being lazy here, but when and what were the last big air-cooled bikes that Kawasaki sold?
Author: rickm
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

Julian_Boolean wrote:That's pretty much how mine run, except I have the hoses coming up between the carbs and the head.


I just thought it would run a bit cooler taking the hoses behind the carbs rather than running them down the back of the engine?
Author: rickm
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

This is how I ran mine, using a 10 row cooler gives a bit more clearance. Yours looks like a 13 row? http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu28/StevenLewisSharp/Z900/20151119_173752_zpsdvx7kiam.jpg Yes, 13 row I think. I'm guessing you don't have standard wiring? I reckon that I can run a hose through...
Author: rickm
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

That's interesting, the hoses run right behind the engine block gathering all that heat. This is kinda what I'm trying to avoid ! At the moment I've routed mine behind the carbs, one between 1 & 2 and the other between 3 & 4, and then curling forward to the take-off. Currently the radiator i...
Author: rickm
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

When I got my Z the oil cooler lines ran round the left side of the engine and were very close to the exhaust headers, I think it worked more like an exhaust heater than cooler. Using the same hoses mine now runs over the top with the hoses running between the coil mounting plates, the bike now run...
Author: rickm
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

Thanks for all of the suggestions (and honest feedback!). I know that on the GPZs the pipes went up and over the top, and on some other models they went down, under and round the back of the engine. I want to at least keep them away from the exhaust headers if poss. A lot of aftermarket kits run the...
Author: rickm
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

Julian_Boolean wrote: I have the bare minimum of wiring rather than the inch thick loom that Kawasaki thought was needed

Yes, next winter's job is to simplify the wiring as much as poss !
Author: rickm
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Bike Help
Topic: Is this cool or naff ??
Replies: 29
Views: 786

Re: Is this cool or naff ??

I tend to agree, they can't stay where they are at the moment.
Taking Gonzo's point, I also don't want to negate the effect of having a cooler in the first place by routing the hoses all around the hot parts if I can avoid it.

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