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1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:09:33 pm »
can anyone tell me up to what year model engine can i swap/upgrade too if I have a 1994-A9 that i can use the same parts such as alternator, starter, shaft drive etc and that the engine alignment is the same as a 94 but only a newer engine

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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 04:23:19 pm »
can anyone tell me up to what year model engine can i swap/upgrade too if I have a 1994-A9 that i can use the same parts such as alternator, starter, shaft drive etc and that the engine alignment is the same as a 94 but only a newer engine
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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 06:20:15 pm »
Don't be hung up on the word 'newer', as a good older engine beats a bad newer engine any day.

Even a high mileage, older engine that is in good condition might be better than a low mileage, newer engine that has been thrashed, or not cared for, or hydro-locked.
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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 08:00:35 pm »
86-06 will all work, 86 apparently had some issues with tuliping valves. Starter, alternator, etc apparently are all the same

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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 02:05:59 pm »
Any year C-10 motor will work.
There are a few others that can be made to work, but {I think} all require changing the motor from chain to driveshaft...

If your looking for more power, the C-10 motor can be modified easier than changing to another engine.

 
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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 08:17:43 pm »
Well i was able to get a complete1988 concours so im gonna switch motors when the weather gets warmer;  any warning or advice i should know???? and how many engine mount screws?

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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 03:12:59 am »
A good repair manual will be a great help for your project.

There are 4 engine mount bolts. 

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Be discriminate with any rubber bits and anything that seals since you are dealing with a 30 year old engine.

While not an exhaustive list, some things I can recall off hand to preventatively replace / service before / during engine install, since you'll have easy access to them:

- Check / replace clutch star springs.

- Check alternator chain and alternator chain tensioner (ACT) integrity.

- Replace mount bolts for the side stand switch.  I changed mine from hex head to lower profile standard bolt heads.  OEM hex heads required header and / or center stand removal IIRC just to remove side stand switch. 

- Coolant log and T-stat O-rings.  (While in bike, front log requires header and radiator removal to get at.  Rear log and T-stat requires carb bank removal.)

- Seals for water pump (3), shift shaft, clutch push rod and balancer shaft.

- neutral switch and oil pressure switch washers.

- Oil lines washers.

- Any gaskets showing signs of leaks.

- Radiator hoses.

- Do your first valve adjust before installation.  Super easy with engine on the bench and everything already out of the way.

- get any needed carb servicing done before you put the bank back in.




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Re: 1994 Kawasaki ZG1000-A9 Engine swap (upgrade)
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 01:51:05 am »
Good info Stasch. Going to go one soon.