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Greetings all.
Well, I had a few probs last week.
Bike suddenly started overheating and the fan wasn't kicking in either.
After some :headscratch serious head scratching, I discovered that the fan switch wasn't working :banghead,
So I set about rigging up a manual switch for it. That done I decided to flush the cooling system and check the thermostat.
After boiling up some water, I threw in the 'stat & fan switch and
found that the fan switch was screwed and the 'stat was opening &
closing while the water was still boiling.
Okay, I need a replacement. I posted once before (on another thread)
about some compatible 'stats, problem was I couldn't find one here in my part of Oz.
So more researching & i discovered that a 1975 Honda Civic runs the same stat as the ZX11 :scared
But none of the local shops had one (on hand).
Kawasaki dealer said "at least a week" and & $84.00 =WTF ???
I desperately needed the bike running for work, then I had a brainstorm,
I had a spare 'stat from my 74 Corvette which was the right temp range BUT
was a 54mm (ZX=52mm) so after cursing the ZX Gods:rant,
I took to the 54mm and filed it down to fit.
Surprisingly, It didn't take much filing to get a proper fit.
Yeah, Bubba has an Australian Cousin.
After reassembling everything & refilling/bleeding the cooling system,
I fired her up and the 'stat worked perfectly.
Been over a week now and she's like a new bike.
I'd also cleaned the carbs (yes, those damned pilot jets)
and lowered the needle clip 1 notch (now it's 3rd from the top ) and flat spot has gone and
she's idling like a sewing machine.......smooooooooth.:clap
I know some wont approve of my solution BUT....it worked !!!!
I'm a happy camper (for now):crazyloco.
Cheers,
Gav
 

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Genius! And you are back up and running.
 

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I'd also cleaned the carbs (yes, those damned pilot jets)
'bout damn time too :rotflmao
 

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Sounds about right. One of the guys I ride with on occasion was telling me about how he went to advanced and bought a thermostat for a honda civic that dropped right into his bike. Was either a ZX6R (take note ninja peeps) or a yamaha something... cant remember which dude was telling me about it.
 
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