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post #1 of 22 Old 02-26-2016, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Recalled Because Steering Damper Mounting Bolts Are Too Ti


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Kawasaki is recalling 2016 ZX-10R models because the steering damper mounting bolts may be too tight.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the mounting bolts were tightened beyond the specified torque during assembly. This may cause the bolts to break, unfastening the steering damper bracket and increasing the risk of a crash.

The problem was first reported in January by a European distributor. Kawasaki then inspected its assembly process and determined the mounting bolts were over-tightened. Rigidity tests conducted this month determined the excessive torque may cause the bolts to break during use.

ZX-10R models produced from Oct. 28, 2015 to Jan. 18, 2016 are included in the recall, affecting 805 units in the U.S. Units produced after that period had the proper levels of torque applied to the mounting bolts.

Kawasaki dealers will replace the steering damper bracket mounting bolts on affected models.
Read more about 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Recalled Because Steering Damper Mounting Bolts Are Too Tight at Motorcycle.com.

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-26-2016, 02:19 PM
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Ugh... are you kidding me?
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I almost thought it was a joke about being too titanium...

but a recall for that? seriously?
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bikes are not women my friends... to tight is no Bueno!!
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post #5 of 22 Old 02-26-2016, 02:58 PM
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That's funny! I pulled the damper off on my new KRT edition to get the geometry measurements and they were very tight. But, they didn't seem much tighter than the ones on my 2014 model. You do have to have a really good hardened bit to get them out. Right Eric?. :) Actually, I read the recall notice and it sounds more like it is the bolts that mount the bracket to the frame and not the bolts that mount the damper to the bracket. But I'm not sure. Either way I have had both sets of bolts out prevously and retorqued them until my elbow clicked.

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Rather have this then the R1 recall they had!!!
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bikes are not women my friends... to tight is no Bueno!!

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I almost thought it was a joke about being too titanium...
Seriously this is the first thing I thought of too haha.



Doesn't look like my bike is affected. Mine was manufactured on the 27th of January and the cutoff is the 18th. Confirmed on the recall portion of Kawi's website and at the dealer today when I was there getting kit parts on order :)

Get my 2011 and a recall is issued for the stupid wire chaffing issue in the tail.
Get my 2016 and a recall is issued for a bolt being too fucking tight.

Guess I'm bad luck. Sorry guys.
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Seriously this is the first thing I thought of too haha.

Doesn't look like my bike is affected. Mine was manufactured on the 27th of January and the cutoff is the 18th. Confirmed on the recall portion of Kawi's website and at the dealer today when I was there getting kit parts on order :)
Since mine is still on a slow boat from China (okay Japan), I'm thinking it might not be affected.

How do you determine the Mfg. date?
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Since mine is still on a slow boat from China (okay Japan), I'm thinking it might not be affected.

How do you determine the Mfg. date?
I bought my bike out of state, so instead of getting a title I get a MSO. I then take this MSO and the sales paperwork to my state and register it and get a title from the state where it is registered.

Now I may be correctly or incorrectly assuming this, but on my MSO there is a date. I am assuming this is the date of assembly. This is further backed by confirming on the recall website and at the dealer that my VIN isn't affected. Although, it may be too early and their databases aren't up to date?

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