Kawasaki : KX
With mixed feelings, I offer my 1996 KX500 for sale. This was a complete restoration, done in 2011, and built for motocross. I invested a ton of time, and over $7000 in parts. At this point, I have too many bikes and not enough time. As much as I love the big KX, it mostly sits. Since the restoration, it has been ridden about 5-6 times for perhaps 10 hours total time. Enough to dial it in and prove it's reliable. I spared no expense in this restoration. The Pro Circuit suspension work alone cost $1000.This is a great bike because all of the work is DONE, bugs worked out and the mods make it significantly better than a stock KX500. I’d love to sell it to someone who will appreciate the work done and ride/race it!
Willing to ship if buyer arranges, or local buyers in the Los Angeles area can pick up. Title is clear, green sticker through June 2014. View my feedback and bid with confidence. Any questions, holler
FRAMEEverything came off, and the frame was powdercoated black after some touch-up welding in weak areas. AC Racing subframe to replace the bent stocker. IMS footpegs. Works Connection Frame Guards.
SUSPENSIONThe 1996 was the last year with the 43mm fork, and I wanted the larger 46mm fork from later years. I bought a set of forks off ebay from a 1998 KX500 and sent them, along with the shock to Pro Circuit for a full revalve/service. Sprung for a 210 pound Intermediate for MX. Suspension alone is over $1000 and still fresh. Emig Racing linkage pull rods were installed more recently. These are direct replicas of the Pro Circuit rods from back in the day, and raise the rear end to help the bike corner better. I rode the bike before and after this mod, and it definitely helps. Every bearing and seal was replaced in the swingarm and linkage.
WHEELSNew Black Excel A60 wheels with new excel spokes. Comes with spoke wrench that fits the unique spoke nipples. Lacing/truing was done by Buchanan and other than a few scratches (impossible to avoid with black), they are good. New wheel bearings and seals were installed.
BRAKESA weak area on these bikes, particularly the front. I sourced a master cylinder from a 2007 YZ450F which has the same brake line routing and bolted right up. Works Connection cover is a cool touch. Combined with an oversized EBC front rotor kit and a black Spiegler brake line, the performance of the front brake is perhaps the single biggest improvement made over stock. The rear has an EBC rotor as well (standard size) with EBC pads and a Spiegler line.
CONTROLSNew Fasst Co. Flex Bars – these are $350 alone! Triple Clamps are BRP to accommodate the larger forks from a later year. Levers are top-of-the line ASV. New kill switch.
BODYEvery plastic piece on the bike was replaced including the tank (Clarke). KX450 front fender instead of the skinny stocker. Pingel petcock was installed. Guts tall (medium density) seat. Factory Effex graphics
ENGINERebuilt from the ground up to stock spec, except for a Rad Valve. Cases split. Transmission and crank were fine – we replaced the crank bearings and crank seals. Cylinder replated by Powerseal. Porting is stock, head is stock. Runs on pump gas. Wiseco piston (warm her up good before riding!). Complete disassembly/servicing of the power valve. Cometic gaskets used throughout. Every seal or O-ring that could be replaced was replaced. EBC clutch plates & springs. The basket in great shape, proving we started with a low hour bike. Driven Racing shift lever. Boyesen Rad Valve. Boyesen flywheel cover. Jetting is dialed in for 3,000 feet. Trans fluid changed every 2 rides with Maxima fluids.
EXHAUSTI prefer the look of the stock exhaust on these bikes, so that’s what is there. The one that is on there was an ebay item (I liked the ceramic coating of the later years versus black paint). Upon arrival, I noticed some cracks that the seller hadn’t disclosed. We welded it, applied clearcoat and it has lasted 5 rides so perhaps we’re in the clear. There are no dents in the pipe but shows a bit of wear as you can see in the pics. I also like the look of the stock silencer, which was freshly repacked. I have a Pro Circuit platinum pipe and 304 silencer combo that are like new, used 1x. If you want them, they are yours for an additional $200 beyond auction final price (value new - $370).
MISCA lot of little things that aren’t worth detailing. Things like a new throttle tube, exhaust pipe rubbers/springs, etc. As mentioned, while the bike was torn apart, I replaced everything that needed replacing. The previous owner must have added a headlight to the bike, as there is an extra wire coming from the stator. Can’t say if it works or not, but probably does?
THE BADNot much. We welted the upper pipe mount as it had broken for the previous owner. It made it 3 rides and broke again. This is a well-known weak point on these bikes. I left it (its fine).Countershaft is leaking slightly, which is also fairly common. I have a new O-Ring that will be included.
Kickstarter is original and a bit loose compared to how tight the rest of the bike is. New ones are still available from Kawasaki for around $100 and if I was keeping the bike, I’d replace.
EXTRASWorks Connection skid plate. One of the mounts needs a little grinding to clear the motor.
Stock linkage pull rods plus miscellaneous suspension linkage parts
Welded, longer clutch arm. Found one ebay, bought it, cleaned it up and painted it but never installed. Common mod to reduce the fairly heavy clutch pull on these bikes.
47T Vortex Rear sprocket (I put on a 49T Pro Taper)
On Feb-28-14 at 12:08:55 PST, seller added the following information:
I found more extras to include. Please see new photo that details them. I am having a hard time locating the extra Vortex 49T sprocket I mentioned at this time so until I find it, please know this won't be included. I will update if/when I do. Thank you.
On Mar-02-14 at 21:26:05 PST, seller added the following information:
List of parts as part of this build. Formatting may be funky....copy/paste from MS excel. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Bike is freshly restored but has been ridden, therefore not a museum piece. :-) Air filter and trans fluid fresh. It's ready to ride.
On Mar-04-14 at 13:10:33 PST, seller added the following information:
The missing Vortex rear sprocket has been located and will be included in this auction, along with some other miscellaneous bits not noted above or in the "extras" picture. To clarify, as I wrote it wrong above....the Pro Taper sprocket currently on the bike is a 49T. The Vortex that comes with the bike is a 47T. After a couple rides, I determined the 47T was a bit tall for MX.
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