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Old 05-08-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Suspension Upgrades For My '04 Z1000

I've been modding my '04 Z1000 with performance/appearance mods to get the bike where I enjoy riding it more, BUT the stock suspension needs some upgrading (both the forks and the rear shock just don't "feel" right).

I'm thinkin' about maybe some Race Tech springs w/proper wt. fork oil and an upgrade with the rear shock(spring) as well. I also want the bike checked out for proper geometry as well...

Is there a local shop in the Houston area that "specializes" in suspension upgrades that sells and installs (and knows how to set up proper sag, check for proper geometry, etc.) for my bike?

Any recommendations on what shops are the best for me to call?


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I think I've seen you posting over on riderforums. There's a good sticky over there about swapping on 636 front forks which also nets you the radial front calipers. You can also put a 636 rear shock on there. It might be cheaper than going the racetech route and I only see people posting good things about the swap.


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FWIW Morotcycle-USA did an article on a racetech upgrade for their Z. It cost about $750 and they were pretty happy with it.

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Old 05-08-2008, 02:12 PM   #4
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I think I've seen you posting over on riderforums. There's a good sticky over there about swapping on 636 front forks which also nets you the radial front calipers. You can also put a 636 rear shock on there. It might be cheaper than going the racetech route and I only see people posting good things about the swap.


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FWIW Morotcycle-USA did an article on a racetech upgrade for their Z. It cost about $750 and they were pretty happy with it.
Yea, I thought it might be cheaper to get a Race Tech .95 spring, instead of swapping forks, calipers, front fender, etc. to make it all fit right....and maybe a Race Tech rear spring.
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Just curious, anyone ever go to Metric Cycles in Houston? Their web site says they "specialize" in suspension upgrades and they are an authorized Race Tech distributor?
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When I was looking at doing it earlier this year, I was estimating 5-600 for the swap. Maybe less if I can find a good deal on ebay.

I don't know how much a local shop would do to charge for the full racetech stuff but that article showed they paid 750.

If I could get to the riderforums right now, I'd look up the list of stuff you need. I believe the front just needs both 636 fork tubes with calipers attached (reuse the Z1k clamps), 636 front fender, two 10mm spacers to relocate the calipers further out, reuse the Z1k wheel and axle with some different wheel spacers. Oh, and custom steel braided lines a couple inches longer for the front. I think the 03-04 636 rear shock is a direct swap and inexpensive.

If all you're thinking of doing is swapping the springs, that would definitely be cheaper and easier than swapping the forks, but changing the spring isn't going to resolve the deficiencies in compression/rebound damping that the stock forks have. I may be wrong, but I also think having racetech parts installed doesn't give the bike any more adjustability and you'd still have to take it back to a racetech shop for adjustments.
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Just curious, anyone ever go to Metric Cycles in Houston? Their web site says they "specialize" in suspension upgrades and they are an authorized Race Tech distributor?
Yeap they do great suspension work as well. make sure you ask him when he moved from Australia for a discount(do not do this)
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Thanks for the reply, I've been watching fleabay for parts, but so far, not any "good" deals to do a swap.

I've been to Motorcycles Unlimited a couple times...had a PCIII installed there and Patrick "fine tuned" the MAP and a speedo healer installed there. I'm gonna call Patrick this afternoon and see what he recommends to get the bike set up properly.
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Yeap they do great suspension work as well. make sure you ask him when he moved from Australia for a discount(do not do this)
Thanks for the reply, I'll give them a call too.
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