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C3L1CA's Street/Strip Build Thread

Picked up a new bike and figured I'd make a thread to help me keep track of it and what not.

It's a 2012 Kawasaki ZX10R that I brought home on June 26, 2014. It was a new left over that they wanted to move so got a halfway decent deal on it.



After picking it up I bought a right away Zero Gravity Dark Smoke Double Bubble Series Windscreen, mounted/wired my GPS and set out to California. Put a little over 7,500 miles on it and bike did just great.






Link to my blog with more pictures and a few blurbs about the trip:
Blog Archives - Brad's 'cross' country trip


After I got home I threw it on the dyno to get a baseline before I started to mod it.

Bone stock it made 155 hp to the rear tire.





After the baseline I put on a Brock's Alien Head Slip On, got flashed by Archer, and threw it back on the dyno. Also got a Competition Werkes integrated tail light and mounted the plate on the tail with some double sided tape. Really helped clean the bike up.






It made 174.5 after a slip on and flash, a 19.2 increase.




Next up was the Rifleman's insert, which was a breeze as well as the PMR tether kill switch. The throttle insert makes it like a quick turn throttle, but for only $25 and only took about 15 minutes to install because I'm a little slow sometimes. Very easy mod and worth the $25. I also had the PMR switch around from the r1 so that was a free mod. Need one of these to run 9.99 or faster, and I hope it can break into the 9s first time out.




Next up after that was my Evil Swing arm I picked up on the drag racing forums. The evil swing arm is 8-12" over so if I did my math right it should sit be sitting around 67". At the same time installed a Soupy's lowering link, 16 tooth front sprocket and a 44 tooth steel rear sprocket. This is a -1/+5 combo which makes street riding kind of suck but it's nice for the track.

Swing arm was pretty straight forward, what took the most time was trying to get the front sprocket nut off. My impact wouldn't budge it, a breaker bar with the jack handle on the end wouldn't budget it either. Eventually got a buddy to bring over his snap on impact and got it off.








Went with a black 160 link 525 EK MVXZ chain and ended up cutting out 5 links. Could have only cut out 4 links to get another inch out of the swing arm but figured the long chain would probably stretch a bit and then I would run out of adjustment if it did. I'm glad I ended up cutting out 5 links as I have definitely had to adjust the chain a few times.

This bike also uses abs type grooves in the rear rotor to get a speed reading. Since the longer swing arm, the wiring would have reached but would have looked like poo and been really stretched. I cut into the harness and extended it about 12 inches and tucks in nice on the swing arm and looks pretty good I think.






Had a productive weekend once and replaced a handful of things.
First thing I started to tackle was to replace the spark plugs, install Graves Block Off Plates and change the air filter



The air filter was just plain nasty...



There was even a good amount of bugs in the frame leading to the air box.


Then installed a MPS Engine Kill box for the air shifter. It fits perfectly where the stock exhaust servo sat. Probably throw some velcro down once I finish wiring up the air shifter solenoid.

^Can also see the Power Commander 5 installed on the side of the battery too!

Was able to get the air shifter cylinder installed as well. Used a DME mount, made it stupid easy, and parts I had left over from the r1. Using parts from gainger ... 5ZEE4 - Air Cyl for the air cylinder, 6JJ52 for the Solenoid and 4TAE9 which is a new longer clevis/yoke. Will most likely run it off nitrous so I can use it on the street and not worry about running out.


The guy that flashed my ecu said he modified his ram air and the bike went crazy lean and he said it felt faster after messing with the tune. Figured I might as well follow suit and give it a try.

The stock ram air has a lot of foam and what they call a 'birdcage' in there. Interwebz says its to help keep noise down but I just want to make the most powa I can. So time to get all that extra stuff out of there!

Took out all the foam, birdcage and a little flap that looked like it'd reduce air flow. Finished picture:

Will finish tomorrow as I wanted to get 2 screws to block off little holes to help keep as much air flow as possible

Installed the Brock's clutch mod to get rid of the slipper clutch and also installed their heavy duty clutch springs. Hopefully helps the clutch last longer on the track.
 

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Installed Power Commander's auto tune which you set a desired target a/f ratio and the piggy back tries to shoot for the targeted ratio while riding and then offers suggested changes to the map when you come back from the ride and download the trims. Seems to work pretty slick and bike feels a bit faster after the tune. Also trying out 87 octane on it and all seems well.

Also installed Driven Bar Ends and a GB Racing Alternator Cover.


Got the Pit Bull Trailer restraint all mounted up on the trailer. It's pretty slick as it doesn't compress the suspension or anything and can take the mounting parts off so if you want to use the trailer for something else you don't have a big motorcycle stand in the way.



Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System worked pretty slick, threw a strap around the front tire to help to keep it from moving around when hitting bumps. GTO pulled and camping gear just fine this weekend up to BIR, rear end was squated a bit low when loaded up but drove no problemo.



Bike did pretty good at the track. Got close to my 150 trap goal, best of 149, and hit my goal of doing better than the r1 first time out.



Best time was 9.247 @ 148.76.




The only issue at the track was the air shifter deciding not to work. Ended up taking off the bottle and whole setup and just foot shifting all weekend. Giving up on using nitrous for the air shifter for now and going to try just using air from the swing arm.

Went back to the track the next weekend and was pretty determined to get back on the track and do better with a working air shifter. After my first pass and spinning really hard I think I got a little gun shy and was cutting pretty bad 1.6 60' times. I was able to get one or two into the 1.5's again and figured I'd go for broke and try to turn down my kill time a bit. Turn down for 9.0s?!?

Ended up turning the kill time down too much and it didn't have enough kill time to make the 1-2 shift. Pretty much wrecked most of the decent launches I had trying to get it dialed back in.




I was able to beat my personal best by .004 and the trap speeds were in the 149's all day long on a full pass where I didn't screw something up.



Currently have a MT75 90/80/17 front tire on the way as well as some DME front fender lowering brackets. Hopeful that it will help lower the front end a bit more and help me launch a bit better.

I'll keep updating as new goodies/times come about :thumbsup:
 

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Subscribed. Nice work man
 

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Nice run . Hope to get mine on the strip soon. Swb for me thoe.

Keep posting pics and vids we love that shit.
 

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Thanks! I wish I could get some BST's like you:eek:ccasion1:notworthy:

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I got lucky with those on a trade in plus cash for my 2008 750 lol! I still use the factory rim and a shinko for the dragstrip though.
 

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Nice run . Hope to get mine on the strip soon. Swb for me thoe.

Keep posting pics and vids we love that shit.
Thanks. :notworthy:to racing this thing swb, I think its a hand full stretched lol

Freakin awesome!
Thank you!

I got lucky with those on a trade in plus cash for my 2008 750 lol! I still use the factory rim and a shinko for the dragstrip though.
Not a bad deal at all!



I think I'm going to try cheating though and run some mr12 in the bike for the next track day. I'm crossing my fingers that between that and the grudge tire that it'll let me crack into the 8s
 

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Was able to get the air shifter cylinder installed as well. Used a DME mount, made it stupid easy, and parts I had left over from the r1. Using parts from gainger ... 5ZEE4 - Air Cyl for the air cylinder, 6JJ52 for the Solenoid and 4TAE9 which is a new longer clevis/yoke. Will most likely run it off nitrous so I can use it on the street and not worry about running out.

Great build thread man!!! :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing how this nitrous air shifter development goes. I bought all the parts for a Nitrous shifter, just not assembled it yet.
 

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Great build thread man!!! :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing how this nitrous air shifter development goes. I bought all the parts for a Nitrous shifter, just not assembled it yet.
Thank you!:eek:ccasion1

I actually gave up on using nitrous for the air shifter. I was having nothing but problems on the track with it so just went to using air from the swing arm.

Not sure if it was how I had my regulator mounted or because the regulator was a couple years old now or if it was where I had my gauge mounted.

I had my regulator mounted to the solenoid mounted to the shifter cylinder. When I would hit the button the pressure would fluctuate and after messing up 3 runs I just said fuck it and went to air. Maybe I'll try it again some day and do some different tests to see what wasn't working right but air is a lot simpler. I just would like to figure out where to mount a mini compressor. The harbor freight one that everybody normally uses was to big to fit in the tail of the gen 4 without some modification to the tail. So just filled the swing arm up via a compressor at the track last time out
 

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Thank you!:eek:ccasion1

I actually gave up on using nitrous for the air shifter. I was having nothing but problems on the track with it so just went to using air from the swing arm.

Not sure if it was how I had my regulator mounted or because the regulator was a couple years old now or if it was where I had my gauge mounted.

I had my regulator mounted to the solenoid mounted to the shifter cylinder. When I would hit the button the pressure would fluctuate and after messing up 3 runs I just said fuck it and went to air. Maybe I'll try it again some day and do some different tests to see what wasn't working right but air is a lot simpler. I just would like to figure out where to mount a mini compressor. The harbor freight one that everybody normally uses was to big to fit in the tail of the gen 4 without some modification to the tail. So just filled the swing arm up via a compressor at the track last time out

I'm putting my Carolina Cycle regulator directly on the Nitrous bottle and the air switch on the ram.

Also have everything oriented to get gaseous and not liquid nitrous out of the bottle, right opposite of how you want it when injecting into engine.

Haven't tried it yet though, but expect it to work great and get 100's of shifts out of my 2lb bottle.
 

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Put a Pirelli MT 75 90/80/17 tire on the front this weekend. Helped lower the bike a bit, just have to watch for pot holes a bit more.



DME fender lowering brackets should be here tomorrow so I'll throw a picture up after it's installed. Looks a bit goofy now if you look for the gap between the fender and the tire :badteeth:

Bike got a few races in this weekend.

Busa was running a 60 shot. I think if he didn't get the jump on me both times I think the bike would pull a bit instead of catching back up. Either way it was a good race


I'm putting my Carolina Cycle regulator directly on the Nitrous bottle and the air switch on the ram.

Also have everything oriented to get gaseous and not liquid nitrous out of the bottle, right opposite of how you want it when injecting into engine.

Haven't tried it yet though, but expect it to work great and get 100's of shifts out of my 2lb bottle.
You should post some pictures or PM your setup! I would much rather use it off nitrous so I can use it on the street
 

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^I posted up in your video buddy, but it sounds like that clutch is going bye bye. Hopefully it's just out of adjustment.
 

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Got my DME fender lower brackets in the mail yesterday and threw them on.




Also a comparison of the new tire vs a regular tire I had laying around




Picked up some mr12 yesterday too. Thinking I'll hit up the track one more time and hope for the best.



^I posted up in your video buddy, but it sounds like that clutch is going bye bye. Hopefully it's just out of adjustment.
It kind of sounded that way but I think it's still good, at least I hope so. I think it might have just been the way the screwed up shifting made it sound.

Maybe I should go put some more pump gas in it and try it out before I dump the mr12 in it and go back to the track. The gas light was on the whole time and the 3rd pull the bike fell on its face in 1st and it didn't have enough gas, I didn't include that video :lol:
 
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