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Electric starter engages with plugs out but under compression it makes alot of noise and doesn't stay engaged.This is on a 78 kz 1000 motor
 

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Electric starter engages with plugs out but under compression it makes alot of noise and doesn't stay engaged.This is on a 78 kz 1000 motor
Starter clutches are bad; kickstart it, or split the engine case and repair. Sorry to deliver the bad news friend.... I had an '82 KZ750 that had the same problem.:2cents:
 

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yep.:+1:be thankful you have a kickstart. that was one of the things i liked about my 79 ltd/ kz( after wreck) the trusty ole kickstart always worked even when the battery didn't.
 

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Electric starter engages with plugs out but under compression it makes alot of noise and doesn't stay engaged.This is on a 78 kz 1000 motor
If i am not mistaken on the kz1000 the starter clutch is behind the stator same as the new z motor the kz zr ltd 750 motors the starter clutch is in the middle of the motor I had to replace one on my zephyr 750:screwy:
 

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I didn't have a kickstart, and wasn't going to sink the money into the bike so I sold it....
 
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