Question about 1987 kawasaki ZL 1000 A1 Eliminator

1 Answer

87 kawasaki not providing 100% of its power!!

My 87 kawasaki zl 600 has been, within the last year, tuned up with new spark plugs, wires, fuel lines, carbs & coolant flush...etc. now that i had just fixed the charging system, i'm trying to get the power that the bike should have to 100percent. right now it's running like the carb jets are gunked up and its not getting enough fuel. off and on it shows me it has the power it should, but then falls back to hesitation and lack of ''get up'' it ran fine, smooth and sounded good after warming up. but today i ran out of gas due to running rich? i dunno, it only had gone 90mi on a full tank. 3 gal shouldn't go that fast, yet i did warm it up 10-15 minutes before each ride, while idling at 1600-1800. after i switched to reserve tank, it has started to run like ****, knocking while at idle, which i have at 1400 now, even after filling up the tank with fresh gas and adding a second seafoam treatment in the tank. could this be what i think it is, just the bike trying to work out the **** that collected after sitting four years before i got it? please, anyone with any advice or suggestions as to the problem let me know what you think!!!!

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 6,966 Answers

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, your description of "...off and on it shows me it has the power it should..." is significant as it indicates that it would not be a mechanical / engine problem.

Offhand, almost always, erratic performance and/or intermittent power could be: 1) electrical (least likely), 2) air/fuel mix (likely) and/or 3) carb (most likely).

Interesting though if as you posted, the bike has "...new...carbs...". If it were so, then a possibility to consider is that the carbs need synchronization.

Preliminary checks:

  • at cold start, determine which cylinders heat up faster / slower using water spray;
  • determine the colors of the burns / tips of the sparkplugs at what cylinder;
  • loosen the drain screws of each carb and collect the fuel from the drain hose. Compare the quantity and quality amongst all 4 bowls.

Incidentally, is everything stock or aftermarket items installed such as free/open breathers air filters and/or exhaust system?

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Manual for 1996 Kawasaki ZL 600 Eliminator


Hi, Diane the vast majority of service, parts fiche, and owners manuals on the internet are "FREE" to download and all service manuals contain wiring diagrams in the back pages. The rest usually charge a modest fee around $10 and there is a handful of obscure, rare, obsolete, and very old models that are no longer or never were available, for these rare occasions I shall look on eBay and find the cheapest one available. Most of the manuals will cover your exact make, model, and year otherwise one will be provided that comes as close as possible to your bike and will have most of the same info that an exact manual would have. If there is no $ sign after the manual link it is free to download for viewing or printing.
To download your manual please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day
KAWASAKI ZL 600 ELIMINATOR SERVICE Repair MANUAL Download Download Manuals... $10
OEM Parts for Kawasaki
Kawasaki ZL600 Eliminator Owners Manual 1995
Kawasaki ZL600 Eliminator
Kawasaki Eliminator

Jul 16, 2017 | 1996 kawasaki ZL 250 Eliminator

1 Answer

What is head tightening torque for kawasaki zl 600 1986


Hi, Anonymous for this scenario you will need your service/owners manual if you can't find the first and best tool you ever bought for your Kawasaki, despair not, for a mere $10 you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
torque settings on the head cylinder
1986 Kawasaki ZL500 ZL600 Service Repair Workshop Manual DOWNLOAD Download...
OEM Parts for Kawasaki
Kawasaki ZL 600 A1 A2 Eliminator 85 87

Aug 07, 2016 | kawasaki Motorcycles

2 Answers

My car is putting and check engine light is on. Didnt know i suppose to use premium in an ES model. Will using 87 regular cause this problem or could it be a tune-up?


when was the last time you did a complete tune-up? it could be a couple of problems, like a fouled spark plug, bad plug wire, or the distributor cap and rotor could be worn. your owners manual will suggest what grade of fuel to use. the 87 is the amount of octane in the fuel. the more the octane, the better it burns. if you haven't tuned the car up in at least 3 years, do it. while doing that, check your belts and hoses. 3 years or more, rubber does wear out under pressure and heat. while tuning up, don't forget the fuel filter, save your self a big headache later. hope this helps

Jan 03, 2011 | 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

1 Answer

Knocking/tapping when accelerating on 2003 nissan x-trail td


Usually an indication of Bad fuel, needs a tune up or Slipped Timing. Most likely bad fuel or tune up depending on when the last time you replaced the plugs and wires was. If you have been using the 87 Octane low grade fuel that would cause this or if you happened to get some bad fuel at a station. The vehicle will run on 87 octane but was designed to have a minimum of 89 octane fuel, the mid grade. If you haven't replaced your spark plugs in the last 25,000 miles replace the spark plugs and wires. If you suspect the fuel is the issue you can get injector cleaner or Octane boost and add to a FULL tank of gas to clean it out.

Oct 09, 2010 | 2003 Nissan Xterra

2 Answers

What all you have to do for a tune up on a 1998 pontiac grand am and about how much should you pay for this?


Fuel filter, PVC, Spark plugs, & plug wires if 50,000 miles or better on the old ones. Check air filter and all fluids. Cost will vary in the area you live in

Jan 16, 2010 | 1996 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

87 kawasaki isn't providing full power!!


Hi again and welcome back to FixYa,

Appreciate much the rating on your first post.

Yes on the carbs. At this point, perhaps your best move would be:
  • inspect the burn marks of each sparkplug. This would be your basis which carb needs closer attention; very light brown - lean (too much air / too little fuel) or very dark - rich (too much fuel / too little air);
  • carb pull down, full dis-assembly. All non-rubber parts must be soaked in carb cleaner;
  • a can of compressed air maybe used on the small holes;
  • for the age of the bike, special attention on hoses ends that may have splits, cracks or just plain loose (fuel & vacuum);
  • carb sync even just to check / make sure all are even.

Incidentally, there is a California version of this year/model. For emission control purposes, performance has been toned down. With so many attachments to the fuel lines and vacuums, it is possible that there is a leak somewhere.

Cheers.

Nov 18, 2009 | 1987 kawasaki ZL 1000 A1 Eliminator

Not finding what you are looking for?
1987 kawasaki ZL 1000 A1 Eliminator Logo

324 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top kawasaki Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4514 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75822 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Are you a kawasaki Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...