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KX5 Parts…Hard to Find

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I’m currently trying to build a 1987 KX500 engine and I’m finding quite a few engine parts that are discontinued or not available which doesn't give my project much hope. The biggest thing holding me up right now is the shift shaft ( 13161-1144 ). The one in my engine was bent bad enough that I had to cut the splined end off to split the cases.

 

There are other small items as well, but if I can’t get this piece I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

 

I’ve searched most of the big online parts suppliers with zero luck. I’ve sent half a dozen emails inquiring about parts only to be shot down. This is probably going to take a ‘friend of a friend’ type deal if you know what I’m saying.

 

If anyone has any input on where I might find stuff like this I would really appreciate it, thanks.

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88 and below are tough to find parts for. Even though a 88 looks just like a 89 and up 500, Kawasaki used the older style 2 powervalve engine in it. Keep searching, pretty much everything pops up eventually. You need lots of patience when working with the old iron!

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Thanks to all for the replies. The engine is being built for a buddy that is putting it in a Suzuki Quad Racer for the sand. I've owned every other brand except for Kawasaki (except for an 84 KX60 I still need to put together) so please excuse my green ignorance.

It's becoming painfully obvious to me that there is an early and a late rendition of the KX5...and I have an early, which begs the question, what is interchangeable between the two engine wise?

Again, I appreciate your comments and while I can be patient, my buddy...not so much.

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