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Old 11-05-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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05 SV Suspension Upgrades

I've been doing some research on upgrading my suspension by upgrading to a GSXR or Kawi rear shock. There is soooo much info out there and I think I have decided to go the Kawi route and I have my eye on a 05 ZX6rr shock. One reason I decided on the ZX6rr shock is it's supposed to be an easy swap with minimal modification, it's more adjustable than the ZX6r shock, it has a heavier spring weight than most others (I'm 200 plus) and if I remember correctly it's the same length as the stock shock.

Anyone have any input or advice as to what shock is better and why?

Also i'm looking to do the same to the front and Ive read that some 636 and GSXR forks will swap right in with some brake and or wheel modification.

Any input on the front fork swap would be appreciated. Which swap is the easiest and what is needed?

I'm not particular on which fork swap I go with and I'm not planning on taking it to the track I just want a to upgrade the sorry suspension it came with. Plus it will help resale value.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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If you want easy on the front end, just go with RaceTec springs and valve emulators. Then upgrade to braided brake lines if you want more power there. Much easier than a fork swap IMHO. I run that combo on the track. I understand that a lot of people go with the fork swap to gain the better brakes from a Gixxer for for non track use the stock units are adequate.

I can't help on the rear though as I went with a Ohlins but I understand the Penske's are popular on svrider as well. But of course those routes are many hunderd $$$ more than getting a used Kawi shock off ebay that would work just as well for street use.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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I actually ran across your blog today during my searching.

I like to tinker with the bike so I think I will do the fork swap anyway if it does not turn out to be to expensive. I did read about the RaceTec option today.

I do not want to spend the coin on an aftermarket shock so I think for me the swap is the best way to go.
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I have gsxr front and I had gsxr 1k rear...I went back to stock on the rear though, it would run wide in corners...haven't looked at kawi, but I would say just keep the stock rear...bike runs much better that way
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #5
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Interesting....
You are the first person I've seen that said keep the rear. What year SV do you have and what year GSXR forks? Did you do the swap?

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I have gsxr front and I had gsxr 1k rear...I went back to stock on the rear though, it would run wide in corners...haven't looked at kawi, but I would say just keep the stock rear...bike runs much better that way
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I bought the bike with the mods, I talked to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited (knows a lot about sv) he explained that the rear sv shock isn't that bad and the gsxr shock is a different length (only by a few mm) but enough to throw the geometry off and the handling..I asked about the kawi mod, for the money and time your better off buying a rear shock designed for that bike(he wasn't a fan of using wrong parts) I have an 05 bike with an 07 forks, brakes(oversized galfer) &a few other mods
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Put a Penske on the rear. And put f3 inner tubes and internals. Set one fork up for compression and the other for rebound.

Any other swap make sure to do adjustable triple clamps so can keep the Oem rake&trail. Just bolting on Gsxr forks will cause more harm than good except for the better brakes.
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To clarify, Joe has an SV1000, a completely different animal.
While I'd prefer to see an upgraded shock like a Penske or Ohlins on it, adding a GSXR shock can cuse issues.

Now to the thread starter:
On the SV650 front end I recommend either what Chris posted above using tje F3 inners or Race Teck springs and emulators.
The GSXR front end can cause as many issues as it solves imo.
I've set up some very fast SV650's running Race Tech components. Imo it's the best bang for the buck.

On the rear I recommend either a Penske or Ohlins shock.
While a ZX shock is a little better than stock, the spring rate and valving are far from optimal. Granted, anything is better than the stock pogo stick Suzuki uses for a shock on the 650, but a good shock transforms that bike.
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Ractech front, Ohlins double rear, and a scotts dampner.

Still to this day it was by far my favorite bike. Yes, even better than the 1k with full gold upgrades.

Op, have you searched for a used Ohlins or Penske rear? You should be able to pick one up for pretty cheap.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:21 AM   #12
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Race Tech up front and a (good) used rear shock out back that you can have serviced by one of our sponsors. 8 bills and then you can rail around the i4's in every corner.

My SV has an R1 front end and a Fox rear that works a treat. Combo above is the best bang for the buck.

Oh, and you may want to listen to that Romeo fella. He is pretty handy on an SV.
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Thanks for the info guys.
I need to do some additional research on the F3 inners. The Race Tech springs and gold emmulators are not really expensive.

Which is better the F3 route or the Race Tech route? Pretty much the same?

I picked up the ZX6rr shock last night(I'm not patient) and while it may not be an Ohlins or Penske, like Patrick said it will be an upgrade. Overall that is what I am trying to do is upgrade the suspension by getting the best bang for my buck.

I have not seen an aftermarket shock for the SV for less than a few hundred so I think for me and what I'm trying to accomplish while a Ohlins would be nice I cannot justify spending the money.

Any other input will be appreciated.
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Well i am thinking of selling my SV soon. I have a Penske racing rear shock with remote reservoir that i could part out if someone doesn't want it. They are VERY good and top of the line. IT was quite expensive new.
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