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polarisbrian

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First Post and First Kawasaki
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:58:47 AM »
I just picked up my first Kawasaki 1979 Invader 440. Runs great and much quicker than I expected. The only thing wrong is the key is broken off inside the ignition.

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gixxer6

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Re: First Post and First Kawasaki
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2020, 07:39:00 AM »
Welcome to the site!  Looks like a 78 or 79 Invader, GREAT sled...

mswyka

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Re: First Post and First Kawasaki
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2020, 09:34:32 AM »
Congratulations and welcome.  She looks to be in great shape.

The key switch is pretty easy to replace.  Or,  once you take the old switch out, there is number stamped into the collar of the switch assembly.  You can match a replacement key by that number.  There  seem to still be a good number of spare Kawasaki keys floating around.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: First Post and First Kawasaki
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2020, 10:16:14 AM »
Welcome to the site!!  On good hard pack that sled will give you a smirk that can last for days!!!

mswyka

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Re: First Post and First Kawasaki
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2020, 10:18:12 AM »
Do you have any idea when the crank seals were changed last?
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

polarisbrian

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Re: First Post and First Kawasaki
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2020, 11:19:52 AM »
Congratulations and welcome.  She looks to be in great shape.

The key switch is pretty easy to replace.  Or,  once you take the old switch out, there is number stamped into the collar of the switch assembly.  You can match a replacement key by that number.  There  seem to still be a good number of spare Kawasaki keys floating around.

I ordered a new ignition w/ key through Dennis Kirk.  I don't know when crank seals were last replaced. It had not run in about 4 years prior to Wednesday. It has 2200 original miles. Thankfully it came with a parts sled should I break anything.