Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Scottish Highlands
Aaaaargh! Stripped off fairings/belly pan. Loosened the rad....thinking, just replaced akrapovic on the zx9 for scorpion race can on cleaned up and polished OEM headers, nah, don't drain coolant, just nudge rad forward and keep the knuckles in check! Headers were fiddly, but as ZX10 stated, combination of deep sockets and short extension did the trick. Watch the knuckles! Front system off. Fiddly, but doable. Damn those rusty mid pipe bolts. Couldnt even get allen key or socket into the cap for the crud. Clever me, pre ordered M6 x 16 A2 stainless cap heads, washers and nuts ($5 ebay) so, out with the Dremmel!! Some careful work cutting off the captive nuts... hey presto, one mid pipe in hand. Now for the cat. Hmmmmmm, where is it? I thought it was like a gauze type filter 'blocking' the pipe.... bugger, there isn't one. Someone beat me to it! Nothing. Anywhere. Oh well, used some Fenwicks FS1 cleaner (awesome gear by the way guys) on front of engine and had a good clean up while access was good. De-cat, has it made a difference? No idea, never had a cat (other than the 4 furry ones currently encamped on the bed). Considering putting 2ndary flies back in. When I blip the throttle, the bike nearly cuts out when revs recover to idle. Thinking maybe too lean? O2 sensors now removed and blanking kit fitted due to FI fault so not a hopeless waste of time. Rad suffered only a couple of minor knuckle rubs, my advice? Don't be lazy like me, drain and remove! Peace!