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Offline -HARDCORE-

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1986 needs a top end
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:00:37 pm »
Hi guys & gals
My 1986 Connie has finally hit 165k but 'FLUX" is now parked as 1 valve has tuliped. Therefore I need a working top end for a 1986.
They had soft valves and the head placement is different then the 1987 and up, so it needs to be from a 1986.
I am in Ontario Canada but come down to the NE a number of times during the year for rides and M&G like this weekend in Hudson Mass.
Just let me know if you have one and and I will figure out how to pick it up.... Road trip  ;) okay might need to wait until spring  ??? to pick it up on the bike LOL.
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 12:51:53 pm »
I have never heard that the 86 head is different, and I have a couple 86's.  You sure about that? I think any year would fit.
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 02:46:16 pm »
I've got a 90 head on an 86 block.... bolted right up. I don't remember the exact year but I think there was a change to a larger bolt size for some of the crankcase bolts (that bolt the halves of the engine together) but any year head should bolt on to any block....... I think........ maybe.........
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2014, 03:04:48 pm »

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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2014, 03:35:27 pm »
I just saw this on ebay, but from the photos, its doesn't show that it comes with the camshaft bearing caps which is machined to the head itself.  It does have the valves and rocker arms.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-Kawasaki-ZG1000-Concours-86-ZG-1000-Engine-Cylinder-Head-/121432450601?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c45f02629&vxp=mtr

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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2014, 11:14:11 pm »
I have a cylinder head off a 92 zg1000. If interested .

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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2014, 11:20:18 pm »
I have a mint valve/cylinder head from a low mileage Concours, or a parts head from a high mileage Concours.
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2014, 11:29:06 pm »
I just saw this on ebay, but from the photos, its doesn't show that it comes with the camshaft bearing caps which is machined to the head itself.  It does have the valves and rocker arms.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-Kawasaki-ZG1000-Concours-86-ZG-1000-Engine-Cylinder-Head-/121432450601?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c45f02629&vxp=mtr


Too bad about that one, but without the matching caps, the head itself is completely useless.
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2014, 01:58:38 am »
It's true the 86 heads are different than the following years. The 86 is the only one with the rubber valve option.  ???  Steve
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Re: 1986 needs a top end
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2014, 06:03:47 am »
It's true the 86 heads are different than the following years. The 86 is the only one with the rubber valve option.  ???  Steve

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any year head will fit fine. Only Difference may be your Canadian Valve cover, without the reed valve parts... we all would like those...
If you have a Canadian model head without the reed valves, you will need to tap the ports on a Domestic USA model one using a 5/16 tap, and install 2 setscrews, install the first, then install the second one on top using thread sealant, and jamming it down on the first one.

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