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Old 02-22-2017, 02:16 AM
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ZX10 USD conversion

Well into the front end swap thanks to the help and advice gleaned from this forum..

Various contributors ( They know who they are ) have contributed to this mod.
That's the great thing about this site, whatever you are or have thought about most times it's already been done and all the info for this mod was found on here.

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Still lots to do, I have to fit these white faces , I have the speedo as well !

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Pain in the A but I will have to disconnect the Oil Pressure gauge to remove the cluster and change the faces.

More pics to follow !
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:16 PM
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Goodonya mate, looking great, can't wait to hear your input on the ride with this front end, for me it made huge difference and heaps of fun to ride.
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I know where you got some of the other stuff (lol), but what about the white gauge face?

One other thing, I recommend you run the forks flush in the triples...

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Old 02-23-2017, 01:07 AM
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Thanks guys,

Forks are as close to flush as possible.

These forks are way shorter !

Do you guys still or did you still run the shock spacer with a standard rear shock ?

Gauge faces came from Poland , they are on EBay !

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Old 02-23-2017, 06:19 AM
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What brand of bars are those on the ZX forks?
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:52 AM
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They are Apex, don't know much about them.

I bought them from Mikstr and he very kindly provided the spacers for the front wheel as well as some pads for the Triumph calipers.

The bars are good quality and fit very securely and are easy to adjust to give me the same ergonomics as the original set up.

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I am currently wrapping my exhaust headers in preparation of getting the old girl down of the stand and back onto two feet to finish this mod off.

Getting anxious now !
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:48 PM
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I am not running a shim of the shock at the moment and all is ok. I have run into some front end instability at high speed in the past due to an overly tall tail, but that is not the case with these forks set flush. As far as a length comparison with the OEM units, remember that the OEM forks protrude above the triples (allowing the clip-ons to fit onto them) so this additional length which skews the comparison (to this set-up with the clip-ons mounted underneath).

As for the risers, they are Apex adjustables with the 4" riser option.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:28 PM
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That looks really awesome Ken.

Maybe you need to fit the bars under the triple as you have in the last photo of the bare forks? That would allow you to slide them down in the triples another 25mm or so. Looks like the bars have plenty of vertical adjustment to get them back to a decent ergonomic height. With shorter forks you will be losing ground clearance in addition to have a more nervous front end, and you might have tyre/engine contact at full compression. That can be fun until you hit a decent bump at speed and get into a tank slapper.

Just my opinion mind, you're the boy with the spanners!
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:10 PM
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So what all did you do? What triples? Stock wheel? Machined triple?

I would figure a nervous front end would only happen with the geometry if the rear is too high in relation. Removing the spacer would stabilize it.

What are the details of the build?
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:19 PM
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Hey all,

Thanks for the information.

I didn't think about the original mounting of the clip ons above the tripple, I have mine below the tripple and the forks are mounted flush.

I will leave the back shock shim in place for now but may remove it after testing.

The details are almost identical to Mikstrs thread on the same, some parts came from him.

Tomorrow sees some Cave Time to finish this off, will post pics and a full description then.

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Old 02-26-2017, 12:06 AM
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It's done and I have ridden the bike over a familiar mountain road !

What a revelation, the forks combined with the brakes and QAT make it a totally different bike and the biggest surprise is that the back end still cuts it!

Here is how it looks now!

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After,

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Only fitted the white tachometer face as I liked the contrast!

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Also did the exhaust heat wrap,needs tidying up as I did it off the bike,

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I like things to be symmetrical.

Well, now all I have to do is adjust a few things, get some more steering lock and ride and enjoy.

A satisfying adventure that returned great results that I'm sure will only improve with some fettling!

Thanks to all on the site that have contributed knowledge and parts to this worthy project.

Cheers !
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:35 AM
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what of the brakes? Have you bedded the pads in? What MC are you using?
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:49 AM
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Mikstr,

Had to use the stock master as I am waiting for a lever for the Triumph master.

Surprisingly it seems O.K, plenty of feel and a big leap forward over the F4i set up I had.

Pads are bedded in after a run over the mountain.

Now to go over everything, need to adjust the left bar and get a bit more steering lock on the left side otherwise it's great.

Also need to play with the settings on the forks but they are also a big leap forward and transform the bike wich is already much better in the rough than before.

I am really happy with this mod.

Now wondering what to do next ?

Maybe a new back shock just for the heck of it !
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:39 PM
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glad to see it's all working out
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Originally Posted by kenmoore View Post
Now wondering what to do next ?
Is that a stock frame I see?
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Originally Posted by VTR1000F View Post
Is that a stock frame I see?
that's the spirit!
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Must be a godawful embarrassment for the young man.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:54 PM
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the trick is to hang around at joints where Hardley-ists hang out, you just know they'll never notice anyhow...
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:27 PM
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Smokin,

The build went on advice from Mikstr and the forum.

He da man that helped me out with the top tripple ,some wheel spacers and advised me on what parts to get.

I did use a 2009 600 rr lower tripple, all ***** tapered bearings and 2009 Triumph 675 Daytona calipers with some ZCOO pads that he kindly donated.

A stock 10 front fender that I painted and some Apex riser bars that I bought from Mikstr as well.

I had to use the stock 05 brake master as I am waiting on a new brake lever for the matched master cylinder from Triumph. I got the Triumph master and some braided lines with the calipers that I bought. I am surprised that the stock master works well with the calipers, just had to get a longer braided line .

Everything bolted up just as described by Mikstr and the information that I got from the forum was invaluable as well.

Now I am going to file the steering stops a bit more and the set the sag and play with the suspension adjustments as well. I will probably have to do this to get the sag that I want anyway. I weigh 200 with all my gear on.

My first impressions are that this is a worthy mod that definitely takes the bike to another level compared to the front end that I had before, not just in handling but brakes as well.

The brakes remind me of what I had on my Tuono RSV4 ! and I noticed a huge improvement in the front end over rougher roads that I sometimes ride.

I will have a better idea next weekend as I am going for a decent ride and will make further adjustments as I go.

I know that you did a 10 swap as I read your posts as well.

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Actually, I did a 1000rr on my B bike but haven't done my A bike yet. I have the zx10 forks and bottom triples in my garage.

I also have a 600rr complete front end. The 600 tubes are slightly shorter so I was nervous it would upset handling. (plus gold tubes are so trick looking).

So you just machined the triples to fit the tubes (1mm)?

If I don't use the 10R forks on the hawk they may go on a racebike.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:48 AM
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Mikstr had the top tripple done by Jamie D, I think it was 2mm and the bottom 09 CBR600RR fitted straight in with no mods.
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Hey All,

I have been looking at the VTR with the conversion and have come to the conclusion that the 10 front fender is butt ugly.

It's too chunky for the rest of the bike !

Opinions please !!
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Originally Posted by kenmoore View Post
Had to use the stock master as I am waiting for a lever for the Triumph master.

Which Triumph MC did you use ? Model ? Year ?
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The Triumph mc is from the same bike the calipers came off. A 2009 Datona 675 .

I am waiting on a new brake lever for it so am currently using the 05 original master that surprisingly works well.
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Went for a shall we say rapid ride today.

What a revelation, the corner speed and stability of the bike has increased dramatically.

The brakes, man these are killers compared to the f4i set up that I had. At first I was over braking like there was no tomorrow, then towards the end of the ride it all clicked, one great set up that I intend to fully explore as time goes on.

The pads are definitely bedded and are absolutely fabulous. I am so happy , it's like having a new bike that you instantly feel at home on.

After pushing the bike today I now realise that the back end whilst acceptable could do with a new shock, it's not bad, just not as good as the front so now it's time to research my options on that front.

I rate this mod as up there with the lightened flywheel insofar as the amount of influence it's had on the bike is major, just like the change in the bike after the engine work.

On to the next mod, funny thing is that I thought that the USD swap would probably be the last in a long list of mods, however I now realise that as this bike responds to changes that there are bound to be more.

YAHOO !
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Originally Posted by kenmoore View Post
Hey All,

I have been looking at the VTR with the conversion and have come to the conclusion that the 10 front fender is butt ugly.

It's too chunky for the rest of the bike !

Opinions please !!
Looks okay to me, Ken.... maybe if it was painted red to match the other bodywork it'll blend in better?
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Yeah looks fine. I would paint it red on the top and leave the bottom black. Or maybe the whole thing red.

Like this but red.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:08 PM
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The front fender is growing on me.

I will get my son to photoshop all of the suggestions regarding it.

Thanks for the ideas.

My Triumph brake lever turned up today so now it's time to fit the radial master cylinder.

If I don't like it I can always go back to the original as it works great.

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I want to hear the difference. On my cbr1000 brakes its like a 1 finger stop from any speed.
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I have tried a few 1 finger stops and it does work however I feel I have more control at this stage with 2.

As this setup is so far advanced compared to the previous F4i units it will take a few more rides to become familiar with the capabilities of this new system.

I will keep the forum posted as I go.

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