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post #1 of 104 Old 11-12-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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abs removal

looking at trading the 2013 in on a 2014.. but I am being told the white only comes in abs.... can it be removed and how much of a pain?
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Probably cheaper to get new plastics than to pay for abs if it's only cuz you want white.


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Yep, done it twice now on both my ZX10R's, and four other owners that race them.

Far and away the best mod you can do to the ZX10R. get rid of the ABS. ZX10R have the worst brakes of any sports bike I have ever ridden, and the extra 3 foot of hydraulic tubing doesn't help.

If you do remove the ABS and run dedicated lines form the master cylinder to the calipers you can remove all the plumbing, the front is relatively easy, you need to take off your tank and airbox and if you want to make you life easier to get to the clips in the frame also the throttle bodies.

To remove the rear is a touch harder as the blocks that convert the rubber lines to metal tubing are mounted between the frame and swing arm. There are two ways to get these out... remove the swing arm so that you can get the Allen key in, or (what I did) a blunt chisel and hammer onto the side of the block, with a few gentle taps the block will rotate taking the screw with it, once it moves you can undo it with your fingers and with a little bit of twisting it comes out.

Once you have all the tubing gone you can put your own braided lines in.

On the ABS module itself the 4 nuts that hold the tubes in place you need to be very firm on them to crack the thread. These are done up stupidly tight, if you just put a 10mm spanner on them and lean on them you will round the nuts and be screwed. Put the spanner on and give it a quick sharp pull and then you'll be good to go.

The ABS module itself will need to remain in place and plugged in. If you remove it the bike will not rev over 11,000rpm. Until someone comes up with a dummy plug for it, you're stuck with it. (not an issue with the race bike as it runs a race ECU) Though if I come up with a solution I'll post it up.

If you decide to go ahead with it I'm more than happy to guide you through.

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Just curious, why go from a 2013 to a 2014?
Isn't the only difference color schemes? And the 2014 schemes look the worst of all the Gen 4's years.
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Turbo; Thanks for the great writeup on ABS removal. Did you try removing the ABS fuses to disable the unit, and see what it does? It seems strange that the engine will not rev over 11000 due to the ABS being unplugged. Thanks. Mike.
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Ahh yes, forgot to mention pulling the fuse. You need to do that too, otherwise it will attempt it's start up diagnostic sequence.

Even with the fuse pulled, the bike will go into a 'safe mode' if you pull out the servo motor (at least it did so with the 2011 bike prior to the race ECU going in).

For the road bike I am toying with the idea of sourcing a harness from a non-ABS model. That will save a great deal of weight.

I need to bury my head into the wiring schematic of both versions of the ZX10R, make note of the differences to see if there is a secondary control module for the ABS that I can remove and be good to roll.

I should also mention that removing/disabling the ABS may affect your insurance policy, so check that too.
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Turbo; If you swapped the harness with a non ABS one, wouldn't you also need a non ABS computer? I was also looking at the pinout for the ABS connector, and 2 of the pins said power for the wheel speed sensors. Does that mean if you unplugged the ABS, that the traction control would not work also? We need to figure this out. Mike.
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Got a stupid question but why would you want to remove the ABS?
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Got a stupid question but why would you want to remove the ABS?
Because there is no decent braking with it the lever pulls itself out of your hand when braking hard then you get the feeling of acceleration as your braking force is reduced, I rode a abs demo bike before buying my non abs model. The demo with abs scared the crap out of me when I chose to stop at a certain place it reduced my braking and made me stop lots later. This might be good in the wet that's it.

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Because there is no decent braking with it the lever pulls itself out of your hand when braking hard then you get the feeling of acceleration as your braking force is reduced, I rode a abs demo bike before buying my non abs model. The demo with abs scared the crap out of me when I chose to stop at a certain place it reduced my braking and made me stop lots later. This might be good in the wet that's it.

Im getting a 2013 today and they don't have any non-abs in stock. I will be looking at this system tonight for sure. That is after a nice new night ride.
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