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View Poll Results: What should I do with the KFX 700
Finish the turbo 9 75.00%
Remove the turbo and put it back to stock 2 16.67%
Sell it as is 1 8.33%
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Question Turbo Kawasaki KFX 700 - What to do

I just acquired a Kawasaki KFX 700 (I think a 2004, but I'll check that later) that has been fitted with a turbo. One problem: it is not running. This was a project a friend of mine started 2 weeks after he bought the quad brand new, and never finished. The complete system was installed, but the plenum was not ideal (didn't run as good as it should) so they scrapped it and started over. The new plenum was built, but the they did not finish the plumbing completely (does not mate back up to old plenum plumbing, too short). Right now, it seems to only be missing the manifold boots from plenum to carbs, the connection from old plumbing to plenum, a new battery, an ignition (he lost the key over the last 9 years), an exhaust dump (he lost the manifold/shorty pipe), and probably some other small things. The intercooler looks good, the blow off valve is good, the turbo looks good, and the quad itself looks good (doesn't look over 6 months old).

Anyways, the quad has Ohlins suspension all the way around and bead locker rims of some sort. The front end has some custom adjustable brackets installed/welded for lowering and raising the front.

I don't know a lot about turbos, so I'm wondering if this is going to be a project from . What would you do? Sell it as is, finish the turbo, scrap the turbo and put it back stock?

What do think it is worth as is. I traded the guy out for a bunch of work he needs done. I didn't really want it, but this is the only way he could pay me. It's about $3k worth of work basically. I'll post pictures later today.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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T hats a blow thru set up, it should not be bad. You can do it.
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Hard to say without knowing what the stock engine can handle and what the kit can produce hp wise.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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might consider drafting up whatever parts you need in Google Sketchup or some other CAD type program if the part is easy enough, then going to a fabricator to make the part and fix the quad so it will start running again.

As much as it sounds really cool, at the moment its a non-running vehicle = $500 (to me) so yeah, getting it running is the first thing you need to do regadless of whether you keep/sell it. plus as stated above, N/A Engines never get the boost that OEM Turbo's do. Not that it isnt a cool idea, just naturally aspirated engines have pistons/rings/gaskets/clearances/compression ratios setup for Non-turbo application, you'll never get the boost you "want" out of it. without some very expensive work.
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I'm hoping to get more insight this week on the build. The person who actually came up with the plans/components used to build turbo bikes with Mr. Turbo (Terry Kizer). My friend built two turbo Honda four wheelers that came out really nice and this was their third adventure. Just didn't get completed (ran out of money) and put it in storage. Once I talk to the builder, I'll have more information.
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might consider drafting up whatever parts you need in Google Sketchup or some other CAD type program if the part is easy enough, then going to a fabricator to make the part and fix the quad so it will start running again.

As much as it sounds really cool, at the moment its a non-running vehicle = $500 (to me) so yeah, getting it running is the first thing you need to do regadless of whether you keep/sell it. plus as stated above, N/A Engines never get the boost that OEM Turbo's do. Not that it isnt a cool idea, just naturally aspirated engines have pistons/rings/gaskets/clearances/compression ratios setup for Non-turbo application, you'll never get the boost you "want" out of it. without some very expensive work.
Never get the boost you want? Can't say what it can take. I bet it takes more than you really want. A few lbs of boots would do wonders. Really depends on what he plans to do with it
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Never get the boost you want? Can't say what it can take. I bet it takes more than you really want. A few lbs of boots would do wonders. Really depends on what he plans to do with it
He should get it running and SELL it ! Unless he's ready to spend alot of time n money on it to kkep it going. It's always something to fix or make with custom stuff like that. Also way to easy to add power, just turn one bolt in the wastgate and Bam it was 3,800 bucks when I did LOL
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If that is the plan he needs to sell the kit separately. No point in doing the work and getting the tune right. He will not make money worth the effort. People will be scared to buy it also when he talks to them.
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It's a KFX700...part it out and get your money out of it.
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woo wee, it's needs to be longer and wider with turbo power, sketchy fun
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if hes built turbo kits before, ask him why did he use a turbo with an integrated wastegate and then install a BOV also?

obviously a blow through system, is it fuel injected?

real world answer is that you will enjoy the quad more without the hassles and expense of the turbo kit.
I would remove it if it was mine and install on something else :-) and ride that 4 wheeler like I stole it.
and if you decide to sell the kit, remove and itemize to see what ya have and then holler and I may be a buyer.
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The quad has carbs. Not sure what I want to do with it, that's why I put up the poll. I already have a nice Yamaha Banshee that I hardly every ride. For now, I'm going to see if I can source the parts and get it running. I have no clue as to where I'll take it for a proper tune. Any recommendations?
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it's a mediocre quad in stock form, part it and get your money out of it before you waste too much time or money on it.
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I have one and I like it. It will be much easier to sell in stock form. I wouldn't buy anything that has been altered in such a way as I would assume it has been abused in the worst possible way. They are already a sketchy ride at higher speeds, the turbo won't help things. Sell the turbo and Ohlins stuff and go back to stock and then sell it. You should get what you want out of it.
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