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Old 04-15-2007, 03:00 PM
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Default 1974 Kawasaki G5 100 Restoration

I am restoring a 1974 or 75 Kawasaki 100 Enduro. This bike sat for over 10 years and has 2500 miles. I finally got it running today for about 5 seconds but it seemed like it was not getting fuel. I am going to check the carb again. It started again after I put a little fuel in the Cyl. but it died again. I tried this a third time but now I have no spark without touching anything electrical. Ichecked all connections but all seem ok. Any ideas. Thanks.
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:16 PM
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Default Re: 1974 Kawasaki G5 100 Restoration

I would start by cleaning the gas tank, air filter/box and carb well, then check for any cracks in the rubber parts carb boot/intake manifold ect and get a compression reading if u can, what kind of shape is the plug in? a manuel would be great for compression #'s spark gap and a float hight. keep me posted please.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:43 PM
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For testing purposes I am using the oil tank as a temporary fuel tank utilizing an oil fuel mix. This is due to a faultly fuel petcock (which I have been unable to locate a replacement for) on the actual fuel tank. Compression is very good with brand new standard bore Wiseco piston and rings I installed in newly honed cyl. Engine actually ran smooth and strong when it started so I am assuming the timing is correct. I did buy the Kawasaki manual and the plug is new and gapped per the manual. I did some more reading today and I need to provide additional info to you guys out there. I started the bike on magneto only (no Battery on board). Is this a potential problem ? I assumed since it had spark I could test run it without the Battery. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:32 AM
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Default Re: 1974 Kawasaki G5 100 Restoration

The G-5 was my frist real bike. I had problems with my key switch and fuel tank being full of rust. I ran the bike as a kid with no battery for almost the life of the bike. I did find river crossings and large puddles can be a problem if the gasket leaks on that side cover. Oil and gas is all it really all it ever needed. The bike itself was a great starter for me to learn on. I can't tell you how many times that light saved me coming home after a long ride. Good luck and post some picks....Mine was a gold/mustard on black....burnt my leg real bad on that bike now that I'm thinking about it. the ole'G-5 100
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:36 AM
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Default Re: 1974 Kawasaki G5 100 Restoration

I was riding a '71 SL100 back then but I can't offer you any advice. I'm just posting to offer my congrats and respect to you for undertaking such a project. I don't think I have the patience. My hat is off to you!
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I just bought a 1974 Kawasaki 100 this weekend. The first numbers on the VIN are G5. I am guessing that is the model. this is my first bike rebuild. I have a little knowledge of small engines but probably just enough to get into trouble. I know the tank needs cleaned and the carb needs a new float along with a fuel cock for the tank. But other than that the bike seems pretty good. We tried to start it when we bought it and it tried to turn over but the gas is old. I have a son that says it is the perfect size for him so this is going to be our father and son prodject. Any suggestions where we might be able to find parts for it? Any help son could give would be appriciated.
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