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post #11 of 52 Old 12-03-2016, 07:37 AM
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Not doing it yourself? That's 1/2 the fun!
Historically, yes. These guys are sponsoring me this year so it's not just help setting up the bike, it'll also be pit side help at the races.

I'll still be involved in a lot of it (I want to know my bike) but they've already set a couple of these up and can do all the flash work and mapping, and will be quicker at it....so for the first time in my riding career, I'm getting help with the bike - other than having a traveling mechanic help with valve adjustments, I've never had anyone else work on my bikes lol.

There's a weird trust thing there for me to get used to, but one has been lead mechanic on a pro team, and both raced/currently race themselves, and they're some of the few people I'm okay with doing this with.
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A traveling mechanic for valve adjustments? That's interesting. :) I look forward to following your build, and your racing!

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Nice looking 10! Shame they make the liter bikes so compact now otherwise I would love to have a new ZX10R! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Congrats on the bike! What are your plans for track kit?

I look forward to lining up with ya at the BW rounds
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post #17 of 52 Old 12-06-2016, 02:37 PM
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great looking bike wish i would have waited a couple more months for it. But I'm still happy with mine
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Congrats on the bike! What are your plans for track kit?

I look forward to lining up with ya at the BW rounds
Cool, we'll see you there!

To start, I'm keeping it pretty basic - at my size I'm not even going to really muck with the suspension beyond basic adjustments. Re-flash and put on auto blip, rear sets, bodywork, clip ons, levers, case covers, mid-pipe and can...keeping it simple to start until I start riding it and start getting up to some kind of speed and then start tweaking. May re-gear it, too.
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Cool, we'll see you there!

To start, I'm keeping it pretty basic - at my size I'm not even going to really muck with the suspension beyond basic adjustments. Re-flash and put on auto blip, rear sets, bodywork, clip ons, levers, case covers, mid-pipe and can...keeping it simple to start until I start riding it and start getting up to some kind of speed and then start tweaking. May re-gear it, too.
If I may suggest a better exhaust solution than just eliminating the catalytic converter. For Gen5, Graves has come up with a great solution. Essentially, they've made their exhaust such that you can upgrade it in stages and it is backward compatible with the stock exhaust. Meaning:

1) You can remove the stock can and catalytic converter with the the single piece - Graves Motorsports Kawasaki ZX10r Carbon WORKS Cat Eliminator Exhaust
2) You can then later buy the headers separately and they will bolt up to the aforementioned piece to make up a full race exhaust system.
3) Once you have the full Graves exhaust, you should be able to remove the pipe and bolt up the stock cat-back exhaust and ride Laguna without a worry about sound limitations. This is particularly important because with all other exhaust systems, once you upgrade the headers, bolting up stock exhaust is not possible without additional custom fabrications.

It seems like only graves has figure out this and if I were building out a Gen5 right now, this would be my choice unequivocally.
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If I may suggest a better exhaust solution than just eliminating the catalytic converter. For Gen5, Graves has come up with a great solution. Essentially, they've made their exhaust such that you can upgrade it in stages and it is backward compatible with the stock exhaust. Meaning:

1) You can remove the stock can and catalytic converter with the the single piece - Graves Motorsports Kawasaki ZX10r Carbon WORKS Cat Eliminator Exhaust
2) You can then later buy the headers separately and they will bolt up to the aforementioned piece to make up a full race exhaust system.
3) Once you have the full Graves exhaust, you should be able to remove the pipe and bolt up the stock cat-back exhaust and ride Laguna without a worry about sound limitations. This is particularly important because with all other exhaust systems, once you upgrade the headers, bolting up stock exhaust is not possible without additional custom fabrications.

It seems like only graves has figure out this and if I were building out a Gen5 right now, this would be my choice unequivocally.

Me too!

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