Thread: How I saved $145
06-11-2009, 02:21 PM #1
How I saved $145
I picked up a really, really rough Kawasaki Jetmate last week for cheap, and have been working at getting it running. Among the parts missing are the fuel tap assembly. $155 from Kawasaki! Ouch. Didn't want to double the money spent on this ski on one part! So I thought I'd play around with making one.
I had a 3 1/2" hole saw kicking around from an old Kawi 440 rear exhaust conversion. A free piece of 1/2" aluminum from a local welding shop, $10 worth of fittings at NAPA, and we're in business!
The trick to cutting out the 3 1/2" blank is to take the drill bit out of the hole saw, and chuck the saw up in a drill press, so you don't wind up with a 3rd hole in the middle of the blank.
Props to SFLSwamprat for the initial concept!
06-11-2009, 02:25 PM #2
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- near Toronto, Canada
I presume one of those fittings is fuel to the engine, and the other one is the fuel return line.
How does the tank vent air in to accommodate the fuel flow out?
06-11-2009, 02:38 PM #3
Separate vent on side of tank, next to filler neck.
06-11-2009, 05:36 PM #4
Look at what a sweet machine this is! It came with the "speed holes" preinstalled!
And they did a bunch of weight savings by removing the insulation from the stator ground wire with some sort of high-temp process....
At first I was discouraged by all the corrosion, but then I realized it's just another form of anodizing; think Iron Dioxide!
06-11-2009, 05:41 PM #5
Nice work, but don't fool yourself. SAVING and JETSKI should never be used in the same sentence.
06-12-2009, 01:52 PM #6
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