First Kawasaki and first ďBig bike.Ē
I have started doing work myself as to avoid geting raped like I have in the past with previous bikes. My new ZX12r is great. 40,000 miles but runs better then bikes I had with A LOT less miles. It has a few issues though. Mods are Leo vince sbk carbon full exhaust. Power commander. I was told different cams but canít truly confirm.
1. Makes a little click/clunk sound when moving forward. With Engine off, it does this as well.
If it's making noise in neutral, listen closely by the calipers. Perhaps a stuck piston, warped, rotor, wheel slightly out of alignment. If it's in gear chain tension, sprocket wear. If there's no maintenance history disassemble, inspect, and clean the clutch. Pay attention to proper air gap.
2. Iím doing my own coolant change. Some purple ice, some distilled water and a cup of coolant. When I drained the coolant, some oil was in it. There is no coolant in my oil though. It was 90% green coolant and 10% oil/crud. As of now, I have some flushing agentand distilled water sitting and will cycle again a few times. It started smoking a little bit and I have no idea why. I cleaned up my engine with degreaser as well.
Hopefully not a blown head gasket. Compare compression between cylinders.
3. From my research on this forum it seems the valve cover leak is an issue. It the front left side. Maybe because I switched to synthetic?
It's not because of the oil. More than likely it is not torque to specs.
3. I need a rear seat cowl and cant find one beside the ones shipped from china.
Find the part# and create a search on ebay. When one becomes available you'll are instantly notified. At the time I did not think I would ever find an oem cowl but since there was no loss in trying there was nothing to lose. Within a couple of months got one. Felt like I won the lottery.
Can someone set a newbie straight? Any potential mods I should do. I want to make this bike A1 like it is.
Add a voltage meter
If this is the A1 add a aux fan switch if you plan to ride in heavy traffic during the summer months.
Modifiy the clutch to improve oiling
Upgrade the clutch basket
Cut out the reg/rec plug
Those are the basics to make it roadworthy.