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ZX-10 forks on VTR

I added (2005) ZX-10R forks to my VTR this year (throughly re-valved, both compression and rebound; 0.85 kg/mm Sonic springs to match my weight and bike's; SKF low-friction seals). Installed them with 2007 CBR600RR lower triple (and Yana Shiki upper, machined out to accomodate larger tubes), Nissin monoblock calipers from a 2009 Daytona 675 (had to machine the shoulders down 10mm to fit), Carbone Lorraine CL60 pads. Also new, I also ditched the stock rear master cylinder and went with one from a RMZ250 (much cleaner, piston dia is 12.7mm vs OEM's 14mm).

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again, sorry for the pic quality, but it was a bit of a rush job......

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Thanks Simon

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Thanks. It makes me smile every time I ride it.... and that's the whole point of the exercise!

P.S. I have a set of Moriwaki Stage 1 cams, an HRC jet kit, and HRC ignition still to go in, will get around to it eventually.... (though the ignition is a 30-second swap).....

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Why didn't you swap for a set of ZX10 Wheels?
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Because the wheels on the bike are Magnesium PVMs...... lightness! The entire front end is quite light as a matter of fact: all bolts are titanium (or aluminum for fender), as is the axle, carbon fender, triple clamps are all aluminum (including stem), and ZX-10 forks were the lightest OEM forks when they came out (2004; read somewhere they are lighter than Ohlins....), calipers are monoblock Nissins (light and rigid)......

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Then clean the wheels.... They should be nice and shiny(not chrome shiny.) if your gonna brag about an upgrade!
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might be wise to spend more time perfecting your spelling if you're going to criticize...... unless you're busy cleaning your wheels of course......

also, perhaps you should read the caption below the pics.......

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might be wise to spend more time perfecting your spelling if you're going to criticize...... unless you're busy cleaning your wheels of course......

also, perhaps you should read the caption below the pics.......
I was in a hurry when I was typing that. Thanks for the correction. i try not to make that mistake.

And your caption in your signature is a full paragraph and if i felt like reading that I wouldn't have been able to ask the question.

Now post some clean wheel pics.

(this is all in good fun and I think your build is very nice and well thought out. I would have never thought about looking up what forks are the lightest before doing the swap.)
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Hi again,

I didn`t pick these forks due to their weight, I did as they used a 20mm axle, the same size as the OEM VTR axle. It just so happens I have one made from titanium......

and I do agree with you that the wheels need cleaning.... I just hate doing it.... bity I will have too nonetheless....


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I hate cleaning wheels as well, but by god I love the look of a clean set of wheels.
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that makes two of us.....

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Looks pretty neat conversion, hows the performance by the way and any major modification to fit it?
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Set-up works quite well so far. It's early season here, and I only street ride, but it feels solid and controlled, particularly under braking. As for the brakes themselves, everything is first-rate, with a powerful, linear pull.

As for what's needed, ZX-10R forks allow to use the stock axle and/or wheel and rotors. I used a set of 2007+ CBR600RR triples as it used the same bearings, had the same spacing (204mm), was all aluminum (light weight), had the correct offset (30mm, what I was looking for) and finally had a stepped upper triple, to allow me to get more ride-height. I got the top triple from Yana Shiki, seems to be much sturdier than the flimsy-looking cast Honda piece. The holes had to be machoined out to 50mm (from 48). Finally, you have to fit whatever caliper you use (I went with 2009+ Daytona 675 Nissin monoblocks: Nissins, monoblock, 4 x32mm pistons).

It's fairly straightforward swap and you get a pretty decent front end out of the deal......

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New pics (cleaned bike too!!!)

taken this morning, with new carbon frame protectors (tie-wraps you see will be gone tomorrow, just on there while the silicone sets), as well as the rear brake MC reservoir extension, new Firestorm stickers, custom rear preload adjuster bracket, and re-installed hi-mounts with powdercoated brackets. Can't see it changing much aesthetically from here on in as I pretty well have it where I want it.......


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Looks sooo much better with clean wheels, and that trick carbon preload mount is pretty slick. Do you have another one laying around??
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sorry, the carbon preload adjuster mount is a one-off I made from a piece of carbon I had. Dead easy to make (carbon, hacksaw and drill and Bob's your uncle......)

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I'll bet that bike's a total blast to ride! Very nice.
Oh...nice clean wheels BTW!
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thanks for the kind words (and for noticing the wheels, lol).

To answer your question, it is indeed a blast to ride... the low and midrange power is very impressive, great for the street... a nice, refined and complete package... well, for a lowly "pedestrian" bike anyhow, lol

P.S. I have a few things to try, engine (MOri Stage 1 cams) and induction-wise (some airbox and air filter experiments).... so there may be more fun to come yet!

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