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post #21 of 106 Old 12-30-2011, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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good on you.
dont know if any of you know but in europe ,2-3 years ago ,suzuki had a recall on 05 gixxer1000s with cracked frames. as it goes. it was a friend of mine who started the ball rolling as his frame cracked in 3 different spots and he wrote and to suzi in japan with his mechanics autherisation and pics etc etc. . suzi gave in and he had a new frame and about 7000 other k5 owners in europe. all his correspondence is framed and hanging in his lounge lol
i will be checking my frame tomorrow :-
I take it you found no cracks in yours?
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Well, add my 05 to the list. I will join the fbook group later.
30k miles, cracked on both sides in the usual place.
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Johns04zx10 i hope kawasaki either replaces your frame or at least repairs your chassis in the corect manner .being the bike wasnt in an accident ( or looks not to be ) a crack of that magnitude is likely caused by a design flaw or bad weld .
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This is the first ive heard of cracking chassis in the zx10 line.
I was under the impression the cracking problems where found only in the zx14 monoque type chassis.
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Yeah unfortunately I have seen a couple bikes with this same problem personally and a lot more on this forum with the exact same problem. My bike is 7 years old with 30k miles, so I dont really expect Kawi to do anything about it. I just paid my buddy $60 bucks to have it welded. If it continues to crack I will just buy a new frame for $600 bucks. I love the bike and have definately got my money's worth out of it.
And yes my bike has been crashed at about 10mph by an inexperienced friend of mine. He hit some gravel and lowsided it; his wrist put a small dent in the frame which is pictured above. The frame was not cracked at that time and it went another 10k miles before the cracks developed. Im not too worried about it.
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John i forget how much used bike prices have went down as of late due to the economy. You are taking the best route . Btw 10mph...crashes..?? Do not count lol
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I take it you found no cracks in yours?

so far i havent found any.
are these cracked frames being reported worldwide or just in specific countries ??

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The best route for fixing the bike financially is to weld it up.
If you take the bike to kawi, they are gonna charge you for inspecting it,
and when kawi denies you a new frame for whatever reason they want,
Your gonna be responsible for the bill.

My wifes cousin is gonna let me use his shop and aluminum welder to repair mine.
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Hellsrazor. My good friend is the chief mechanic at a fairly large trucking company thay hauls dry bulk.( which always run maximum weight of 80k)
the trailers are all aluminum and being they run max weight all the time , they crack and need to be welded frequently . I will ask him to conferm this but if recall correctly he would drill a small hole at each end of the crack so it wouldnt spread...weld crack and grind flat .... Then weld a aluminum plate over the crack with the plate covering roughly 1/2 inch over each end of the crack. I will ask him if he refills the smalls holes at the end of the crack and if you should plate both sides (if it is possible you can get to both sides of frame )
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he would drill a small hole at each end of the crack so it wouldnt spread
My buddy did the same thing to mine. He said drill the ends or the crack will keep running.
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