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Old 07-02-2009, 07:21 AM   #1
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Suspension

I have a zzr 600 that I want to prepare for track days. The suspension is really not all that great, and rather than upgrade a little at a time, I would rather just save on labor costs and make the suspension as functional as possible all at one time (one time upgrade for the life of the bike). I am wanting to go all out and already know that it could cost around 2500 dollars. What do I need to do? What modifications can I do to the bike with general tools and what do I need to have done by a mechanic. I am pretty good at mechanics with good directions (I have the manual for professional technicians for my bike but think that it leaves too many steps out when describing procedures). Is it better just to have a professional do it? By the way, the front forks are the old kind, not inverted.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:51 AM   #2
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I don't do ANY of my own suspension work any more. I used to build/ rebuild my forks and shocks myself (back when they were damper rod forks) but not any more.

Not because I'm rich ('cause Lord knows that ain't the case) but because it's so worth it to have the support and knowledge of an experienced builder working on your stuff. Not to mention, the experienced guys know all the little tricks that don't come in the instructions sent by RaceTech or other similar products. Anyone can slap together the fork kits you can buy, it's actually very easy- what you're really paying for from a suspension expert is the little tricks that aren't in the instructions that make them work so much better.

And just because you have a standard fork (not inverted) doesn't make them "the old kind". If you have a modern bike they're likely equiped with cartridge internals, but they could be damper rod forks. The '01-'03 GSXR600 forks are cartridges in standard configuration.

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If you have $2500 to spend you can afford to have a competent builder do the work. If you do it yourself it'll cost about 1/3rd of that (just for parts), but trust me, you're better off having someone else do the work.

Shock (Penske/ Ohlins)- $1,000 + $~150 labor
Forks (RaceTech internals)- $500 in parts + $500 labor
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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