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post #1 of 20 Old 03-25-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Suspension #'s for the 08 ZX10

has anyone tweaked there 08 stock suspension yet? I only have 85 miles on mine so far and it's still sitting at the factory settings, it don't feel bad but I like to mess with suspension! the funny thing is I'm 215 lbs and it feels rather good stock where most bikes are too soft for me stock... anyone know what spring rates they used on the 08's?
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I set my sag a few weeks ago, the front was already at 34mm with my weight so I didn't change it.

The rear was at 30mm so I changed it to 32mm. I weigh 192 in the shower just an fyi.

The '04 I think was set for a 145 pounder and that's what I expected this time around too.
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Harsh, bumpy, flighty, er, horrible

Funny you should mention it, I've just taken delivery of an 08 ZX-10R and I can't believe how harsh the suspension is on the road. It amazes me that Kawasaki reckons the stock damping is good for the road. I'm hopping over bumps and bouncing out of the seat. It's got the worst standard road settings of any 1,000cc bike I have ever ridden.

I haven't been on track with the bike yet and I suspect it would feel fine there, but what's the point in that? How many ZX-10Rs spend their entire lives on track? What about the thousands who only ever ride them on the road?

I don't need more power, I need chassis mods...
....and suggestions.
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KennyP.....Start with the sag.....You need to get that set before you go any further. Once that is set, then you can dial in the rest of the suspension.
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I took mine to my suspension tuner....he set it all up for me...he sets up the race 10R for Kawi here....his comment - too much oil in the front forks (too stiff), and replace the rear shock with an Elka....

After adjusting my bike, major improvement....
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KennyP.....Start with the sag.....You need to get that set before you go any further. Once that is set, then you can dial in the rest of the suspension.
Er...yes.

I was really trying to find out whether I was alone in finding the road ride too harsh in general; wondering whether the suspension on new Kawasakis needed to 'bed in' and loosen off a bit or whether my observations were more widely felt.

I don't believe in the existance of those mythical 'settings' that others appear keen to be handed down.
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I know that on my 05, the way it was set at the dealership was way too stiff...
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Funny you should mention it, I've just taken delivery of an 08 ZX-10R and I can't believe how harsh the suspension is on the road. It amazes me that Kawasaki reckons the stock damping is good for the road. I'm hopping over bumps and bouncing out of the seat. It's got the worst standard road settings of any 1,000cc bike I have ever ridden.

I haven't been on track with the bike yet and I suspect it would feel fine there, but what's the point in that? How many ZX-10Rs spend their entire lives on track? What about the thousands who only ever ride them on the road?

I don't need more power, I need chassis mods...
....and suggestions.
well it is adjustable in case you haven't heard so adjust it for pity sakes man!!!!!!! not everyone weighs the same not everyone rides the same so set it up for you!

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well it is adjustable in case you haven't heard so adjust it for pity sakes man!!!!!!! not everyone weighs the same not everyone rides the same so set it up for you!

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What i have done in the past is get the suggested suspension settings from sportrider magazine and use that as a starting point. I had good results doing that. I am going to tweak mine today or tomorrow. Years ago i was not comfortable doing any adjustments, but after playing around with it, you'll find it is not as complex as it is thought to be some times. I would definetly not trust the settings that they delivered the bike to you with, I heard sometimes dealer settings are not right. at the very least set it to what your manual states.
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