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I was cleaning up my bike the other day and noticed a frame crack! I have a 2005 ZX-10R, and the crack is located on the right side near the bottom of the gas tank(similar to where the 04s had their cracks).

Has anybody else with an 05 ZX-10R had this problem?
Is it possible to get Kawasaki to replace this?I dont stunt this bike or any of that(i mean, it is pretty hard to crack the frame!).

I was reading how Kawasaki replaced the frames for peoples' 04 ZX10R. I called Kawasaki Customer Care, and the guy basically answered my question in 10 seconds saying no since "there are no recalls"..it was surprising he didnt take a moment to research.

However, some people are taking it to the Kawasaki dealer and getting it replaced?
Any recommendations guys?
Please help....thanks!

I attached pics below of my bike and the crack.


 

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I've cracked my race bike frames many times. It's really not that hard to swap one.


I should just do a write up next time.
 

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well seeing as how i am a newbie to bikes..haha it might be difficult.
I mean its reported at 12-14 hours of labor. It seems that cracked frames is a common zx-10 problem?
 

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Man, that sucks. If I were you I would still try and contact some higher ups with Kawasaki. All they can do is say no, but atleast you tried. I wonder how cracks like that come about, doesn't really look like a section of the frame that sees alot of stress.
 

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yeah it makes no sense. I mean people with 04s are getting their frames replaced by kawasaki. The 05 is still a gen 1 and i have a similar crack, so why they refuse to replace it is annoying.
 

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Man, that sucks. If I were you I would still try and contact some higher ups with Kawasaki. All they can do is say no, but atleast you tried. I wonder how cracks like that come about, doesn't really look like a section of the frame that sees alot of stress.
:+1:

That MIGHT get you a free replacement, but I at worst its just a no and you didnt lose anything by it. The only other options would be new frame, or new bike.
 

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I've cracked my race bike frames many times. It's really not that hard to swap one.


I should just do a write up next time.
:+1: Me too!
 

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There was some sort of recall. No crash damage then they should take care of you. A race frame is like 500 but no serial numbers. If you can find someone with stamps your good to go.
 

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I can do it in 8 by myself. I'm far from a journeymen motorcycle mechanic. No way a shop should hand you a bill for 12 unless the tech is a pooch pounder
 

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talk to your dealer mine was cracked underneath by the engine mounts as well as around the right side frame bolt hole..it took me a long time being persistant with getting the issue resolved and i had to take my frame to the dealer where they measured it to make sure it wasn't bent from a crash but finally kawasaki did come through with a new replacement frame and my dealer restamped it with my original vin...i had to pay a $60 shipping fee for the frame and i did the frame replacement myself upon my request ...you may have to bother them alot but they should give you at a minimum a replacement frame free of charge..good luck
 

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I'm in southern California.
I suppose ill take it to the dealer tommorow if I can...but I have a broken ram air duct ..like the the big crack through it.
Should I fix the ram air first? Or should I just take it to the dealer asap?
 

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I wouldn't go riding it around with any cracks in the frame. You might wanna fix any cosmetic damage to the bike that might make the dealer question whether or not the bike has been down though. I mean either way you would end up repairing cosmetic damage anyways, atleast that way it might better your odds of them picking up the bill.
 

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With a broken duct they'll probably accuse you of slamming wheelies down. Which definitely can crack these frames..
 

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I would just buy a frame and swap it yourself, if you got tools all you need to invest is time. It will be a good way to learn the Inner workings of your bike and save a fist full of cash. Especially since you have a busted ram air duct and a cracked frame. The dealer will assume wheelies were involved, wether they were or not, so that is gonna cut their chances of helping you. If all else fails buy a new frame and some stands and bring it to me in Carson city NV I'll do it for you.
 

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well i have never done wheelies on it, and there wasnt a crack on the frame when i bought it. I will get the duct fixed, and bother the dealer.
Otherwise I will have to save $700 for a frame! or I will have to sell the bike :( (broke collebge student here >_<)
 

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The dealer and Kawasaki will both tell you to sit in a corner and suck on it. The bike is over 6 years old. They aren't obligated to do a thing. It would be a hell of a goodwill gesture and I think they should help-but they very likely won't.

Get on the horn with Weazel. His offer is extraordinarily generous. We have some good people on .net! I have some stands you can borrow for the project and you'll buzz through Sacramento on the way if you decide to go with a frame swap.

My bathroom needs cleaning. Weazel, are you busy? :spit:
 
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