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I just picked up a 2011 ZX-10r ABS and have been searching the forum for a few days now and the internet reading all I can about the Gen 4. It seems there is a "must do" list of upgrades, just checking to see if I'm missing anything including the little things:

1) ECU Flash
2) Slip-on/Midpipe
3) Race Air filter (?) - 1700 miles Update I dont think this is needed

I should do those 3 things at once and let the ECU flash company know so they gives me the right baseline map.

4) -1 front sprocket - NOT must have with other power mods above
5) Stabilizer rebuild
6) Fender Eliminator
7) Brake lines- Haven't done this yet but really want to, problem is cost of install on ABS model.

Anything else besides personal preference things like windscreens, levers, spools, tank protector, etc? The list above is in no particular order, I'll get all those things done during break-in.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I just picked up a 2011 ZX-10r ABS and have been searching the forum for a few days now and the internet reading all I can about the Gen 4. It seems there is a "must do" list of upgrades, just checking to see if I'm missing anything including the little things:

1) ECU Flash
2) Slip-on/Midpipe
3) Race Air filter (?)

I should do those 3 things at once and let the ECU flash company know so they gives me the right baseline map.

4) -1 front sprocket
5) Stabilizer rebuild
6) Fender Eliminator
7) Brake lines (?)

Anything else besides personal preference things like windscreens, levers, spools, tank protector, etc?

Thanks in advance!
1) ECU Flash :smile:
2) Slip-on/Midpipe :smile:
3) Race Air filter (?) :headshake: http://forums.nicoclub.com/debunking-the-k-n-myth-why-oem-is-better-t180100.html

4) -1 front sprocket :smile:
5) Stabilizer rebuild :smile:
6) Fender Eliminator :smile:
7) Brake lines (?) :smile:

8) 1/5th throttle insert :smile: :smile:
9) manual cam chain tensioner :dontknow:
 

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I would put stabilizer rebuild at the top honestly. Unless it's in no specific order. I have a bmc race filter otw, hear its better then k&n. Got my -1 sprocket just aint put it on yet, ecu reflash is def a big one. midpipe and slipon would be good aswell. You can do the 1/5th throttle insert OR do 1/6th r6 throttle tube as I did. Some good grips aswell.

Maybe add in some HID's if you like them, got mine on and they look spectacular. Tint or buy a different windscreen, the stock one doesn't seem to do anything, or im just used to my 04. Frame sliders possibly. Later you can do pcv and auto tune, that's probably the route I will go with mine. I can't think of any other mods.

Also spare set of underwear just incase.
 

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I've done numerous mods including a custom repaint, ASV C5 levers, ZG DB screen, solo cowl, heated grips, 1/5 throttle insert, Pipercross race filter, frame sliders, undertail, spools, Ohlins damper upgrade, Galfer pads, HID's, blockoff plates, a -1/+1 sprocket upgrade on a 520 chain and Dunlop Q2's, the single best mod I have done to my Gen 4 is the Bazzaz ZFI-QS.

I have the Bazzaz because I'm running a Leo Vince slip on and link pipe (don't need the reflash 'cause I have the derestricted model), but the 'QS' (QuickShifter) is truly something special!

You can do full throttle clutchless upshifts (or partial throttle upshifts) in any gear (except reverse!). All I can say is that the quickshifter is fan-bloody-tastic.....changes the whole bike for me.
 

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God I really want a solo cowl, but like $200?! Heated grips sound nice. Blockoffs don't improve performance at all do they? How much does the QS cost? I got ASV levers short for both just haven't put them on yet.

I'm cautious about going -1 because I like to do alotta street racing and this thing is already a wheelie machine in first, not bad in second but thats with trac on, im worried about it being even harder to keep down and losing top end.
 

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God I really want a solo cowl, but like $200?! Heated grips sound nice. Blockoffs don't improve performance at all do they? How much does the QS cost? I got ASV levers short for both just haven't put them on yet.

I'm cautious about going -1 because I like to do alotta street racing and this thing is already a wheelie machine in first, not bad in second but thats with trac on, im worried about it being even harder to keep down and losing top end.
Heated grips sound nice.
Makes commuting a comfortable all-year option in these parts. :smile:

Blockoffs don't improve performance at all do they?
No, only popping on deceleration (enabled via the air switching valve)

How much does the QS cost?
http://www.translogicuk.com/quickshifters.htm
http://www.translogicuk.com/quickshifter-order-list.htm#OrderJump0
£320.83. Others may be cheaper.
 

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For some reason my hands don't get to cold when riding. So while they do sound nice that does no justice to the rest of my body rofl. My helmet lets alot of wind in somehow and my face gets cold as balls. I need to buy heated gear cause I ride all the time and in low 40's it isn't the greatest.
 

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For some reason my hands don't get to cold when riding. So while they do sound nice that does no justice to the rest of my body rofl. My helmet lets alot of wind in somehow and my face gets cold as balls. I need to buy heated gear cause I ride all the time and in low 40's it isn't the greatest.
When your hands are warm, it positively impacts on your whole body.

I ride with Rod (Quantum), and last year on one of our rides we switched bikes. It was a tad chilly riding through the mountains and the Oxford heated grips on his bike felt awesome! Also, they are slightly thicker than the stock grips so you actually get a better grip/control of the clip ons.

After I rode Rod's bike, I immediately ordered some heated grips for mine. Haven't looked back since, especially as they're (only) a little over a hundred bucks for the setup. Can't go wrong.

My Bazzaz ZFI-QS was about USD$640 from superbiketoystore.com.
 

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I can't believe that 'replacing rear shock' is not up there as a 'must-do'. Even when I first rode it on the road I noticed that it was lacking.
 

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I can't believe that 'replacing rear shock' is not up there as a 'must-do'. Even when I first rode it on the road I noticed that it was lacking.
Maybe, but for me <70kg (150 lb) the suspension is okay.
 

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I might just not be that much into suspension but im 120lbs. The bike feels amazing to me lol. Gotta get my q2's on and I can ride it hard but feels better then my gen1.
 

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It's not simply a matter of weight: 2011 Kawasaki ZX10 vs 2011 BMW S1000RR - YouTube
Having changed to a better unit I can tell you that the difference is night/day (of course the issue is amplified if you ride on track).
Agreed for the track. This is my backroads/street bike. IMHO, at least at my weight of 170lbs I've never found stock suspensions to be lacking for street use. If you are overrding a properly sprung stock suspension on the street, you better take it to the track.

Having said that, a fork rework has always been a must-do for the track as well as the rear. And also thanks for the link to the video, I'll defintely keep an eye on rear shock performance.
 

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My only upgrades on this bike, 2011, was the graves slip on and getting rid of the fender. I would NOT ride this bike home with the stock can and fender! I did NOT ride this bike until I had the graves and dumped the fender.

If ya need 180 mph, guess the flash is needed. I don't waste money at the track so don't need the flash at this time.
 

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Interesting and thanks for the heads-up. Did you max out the rebound on the OEM shock before deciding to upgrade?
Yes I did Quantum ... and it made very little difference. Replaced with a k-tech, very happy (most use this shck or the Ohlins, the two suspension specialists I spoke to locally both said they had more success with the k-tech with this particular bike - but no doubt opinions will vary).
The forks are brilliant, many people race on the standard fork, I see no reason to replace it at this stage.
 

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Wish there was suspension guys around here to help me setup my bike. My race guy moved. Iunno what he raced in but he had a ton of medals and awards lol. Maybe if I rode an actual race bike id tell the difference in a shitty shock or whatever but to me it all feels fine with the cornering I do.

The reflash just gives you so much more power it's not a matter of going 186+ or tracking the bike just feels 10x better with the reflash.
 

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didnt feel like reading. Mods to make your life really happy? Re-flash the ECU, sort out your suspension so it feels like you and the bike are one, on that point get a set of tires that match you as well, ditch the whale tail on it and add a pipe, slipon or full system, mostly just to add some character to the bike.
 
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