Gen 5: 2016- Our 2018 ZX-10RR Superbike Build! - Kawasaki ZX-10R.net
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post #1 of 74 Old 01-10-2019, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Our 2018 ZX-10RR Superbike Build!

Hello all!

It's been some time since we've been here, but we wanted to share with you a recent project we've been developing over the past 12 months, a 2018 ZX-10RR.

As is often our method, we got a little carried away with this one, but it's been a very rewarding challenge for us. The Kawasaki has special needs to get the most out of it's package and we learn more every week on how to better utilize it's strengths and diminish it's weaknesses.

Anyway - we'll begin at the beginning!


The first step was to get a brand new ZX-10RR, which we secured from our friend Ralph at Dal-Kawa in Hendersonville, NC.




Next, we lined up a whole bunch of parts!
























OEM cylinder head port.




For this bike, we are opting to use the Ohlins FGR superbike fork, which features technology seen in MotoGP, World Superbike and many other top championships. We custom valved and set them up to our specification.




Accompanying these are Beringer 108mm billet calipers, affixed with titanium pistons and magnetic pad-retaining inserts. We selected the 1200R7 pad compound for these.



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For wheels and brake discs, we selected OZ Gass RS-A wheels in forged aluminum, along with Braketech 330x6 ductile iron rotors in the front, our SBU rotors in the back and Zeta titanium rotor bolts to fasten everything.









We decided to add a little color to the Zeta bolts.









For brake lines, we opted for a custom set by CoreMoto that feature all titanium fittings, a data block for brake pressure and dry-break fittings from Staubli. The CoreMoto team delivered a fantastic set, built exactly to our spec. We're using Zeta race-spec titanium banjo bolts.






Out back, we're running a Zeta titanium axle, Lightech chain adjusters, one of our underslung 84mm caliper brackets, a Beringer 2D1 caliper, Fast Frank lifters and Fast Frank-converted captive caliper setup. Zeta fasteners keep everything together. Ignore the arm cover, that was temporary.





We replaced the OEM fairing stay and intake duct with an ultra light carbon fiber unit.




That dash is a little plain as well - we'll get to that later. A Lightech fuel cap replaces the OEM unit nicely.





Next up, we wrapped the airbox and underside of the fuel tank in gold foil. This is to minimize radiant heat negatively affecting fuel and intake temperatures.









We opted to start with a Graves full titanium exhaust system for this build, as well as Bonamici billet case savers. Attack Performance rearsets offer excellent quality, adjustability and feel.







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Onto controls - We are using Domino XM2 throttles, coupled with checkered grips. This is an excellent kit that offers nice adjustability and feel. Very good build quality as well.

For brake master cylinders, we are using a Brembo RCS, as well as an IMA Complete Thumb Brake System, which replaces the OEM rear master cylinder with a billet unit and also provides a billet master up top. We are using a Zeta remote adjuster in conjunction with the RCS for lever adjustment on the fly.

We replaced the OEM clutch assembly with a fully adjustable Zeta 4 finger Flight Perch.

Attack Performance zero offset clip on handlebars and brake lever guard are also fitted.

Lastly, BSD handlebar button pods replace ugly OEM switch sets.







We're start with IMA custom triple clamps to attach the front end to our chassis.










We had to have some custom machining and parts made to fit everything with the superbike fork, but of course we knew this going in. We had a custom spec titanium axle, which we then milled to perfectly suit our needs.




First test fit is a success.




We briefly test fitted some carbon fiber bodywork for our planned winter test, but time ran a bit tight and it never got any seat time.




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Very Nice.

I see for 19 they changed the color of the fork caps and reservoirs..

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Next up, we decided to replace the dash with an AIM MXS Dash, which is also a comprehensive, professional grade data logging system. We are using an SE Composites carbon fiber dash protector to protect our investment. This was quite a bit of work, with custom subharnesses being required and some special coding. It was far from plug and play. We now have a much simpler and perhaps better solution available in the I2M Chrome Plus, which even offers sector-based rider aids and mapping adjustment.

















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Back to the controls end of things, we've upgraded our RCS with a Zeta lever & Zeta titanium fasteners for a better feel, weight and look. These little details are what can really set a machine apart.






Motomaxx carbon fiber intake funnels were used to give us a nice bump in horsepower.




Next, we got our all-new Ohlins KA 468 TTX shock in and converted it to pneumatic preload, as seen on WSBK / MotoGP shocks.



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I just wish you guys had a bigger budget to REALLY see what's possible....
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That dash looks tasty. Is it plug and play?
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Also can you give any insight/comparison on the AIM versus I2M?
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Quote:
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I just wish you guys had a bigger budget to REALLY see what's possible....
Regarding the budget, you guys are a contributing factor there!


What would you like to see?

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That dash looks tasty. Is it plug and play?
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Also can you give any insight/comparison on the AIM versus I2M?
The AIM is far from plug and play and we still lost some functionality. The I2M is really a better solution. Plus the sector-based tuneability it offers is unparalleled. We just didn't have those back then.
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