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post #1 of 9 Old 04-13-2010, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Solid Strut??

a few weeks ago i bottomed the 10 out and popped a small hole in my oil pan.. i stiffened the rear shock top and bottom the its hardest settings. at the track, my tag is about 6" above my tire and when i launch it bends my tag up...

as a temp. solution i build a solid strut at work and replace my rear shock all together (wow what a weight diff.)..

does anyone else run a solid strut all the time??? pros - cons???

is there a trick to making the rear shock tight enough to keep me from bottoming out even if i carry a rider???

fyi.. im extended 12" over stock, lowered 1" in front and 2"(i believe) in rear.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-16-2010, 08:45 PM
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At that length, you will bottom out even with the best top $$ shock. A strut is a good idea but a bad idea. You have to decide if you want a street bike or a race bike. The strut is a good solution for what you have but not the best for the track. Hit up a T&T day at the local strip, the first pass or two will tell you!!!
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also for street riding look at getting a stiffer spring for rear shock matched up for you & riders weight. I had to get a 500lb spring for my zx9, lowered and stretched 8 over stock do 2 up riding. Spring are about 120-200 bucks depending on where u get them from. I used a racetek rear spring.
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Definitely need a heavier spring. The harder you start to push it launching it at the track you'll see the limitations of the strut on a street tire as you wont have any momentum going down to help plant the tire. It will most likely spin. Now if you were on a slick and bars it'd be a different story. I'm having a similar issue and am looking into a spring or just raising the back up. One trick that a lot of guys use is swapping to a stock busa spring. My buddy has a spare zx14 shock but I haven't had time to try the spring from it out yet.

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If you're going to spend time at the strip, first thing you need is a cut/and or flat oil pan. Your shock just could be worn out, try another one and stiffn it up. The worst thing you can do is strut it, you'll spin all day. Im way longer than you and I only have a stock shock, a straight link and a flat o-pan ofcourse. Well you know it also depends on how much you weigh, if you're a heavy setter, then you may need a modified shock, or busa shock like someone suggested.

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You can add spacers to the top also!!!

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I have 3 hole lowering links mounted on the second hole,I loosened the spanner nuts all the way to the top of the shock, set the compression to the lowest setting and set the rebound full on.I dont have any issues bottoming out,Im 185 in street clothes!It just scrapes the lower fairings.
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Thks for the input. .. the problem with the stock shock is the wife can ride with me.. I picked up a visa shock this weekend to try..

Who did u use for flattering ur pan... I got a 10 and 14 to get done.

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