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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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GSXR brake swap

I've been trying to improve the performance of my brakes (mushy, no feel, etc..), and have been reading with interest about upgrading calipers.

I have a front end from a 2003 GSXR1000 in my garage, and I am actually already using the master cylinder from this system on my ZX6R (see bent brake lever causing lockup, as well as clearance problems with stock m/c). Does anyone know if the GSXR calipers would be compatible with the ZX6R? I know the GSXR has 320mm rotors, while the ZX6R has 300mm...

If it is possible, that would be a quick and easy solution for me. The GSXR front end was on an SV650 track bike, and I know personally how well that system works.


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 06:05 PM
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get 2007+ zx6r or zx14 brakes

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I would get more grip out of it if I were to ride on the rim than I would with a Shinko
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 06:07 PM
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if its sitting in your garage take them off an find out. shouldnt take anymore than 10 minutes

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bleed your brakes, you'll be surprised what that can do, i can personally vouch for it. it's not always necessary to spend $100+ on used calipers
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if its sitting in your garage take them off an find out. shouldnt take anymore than 10 minutes

OP: that's a pretty unique question that I doubt anyone will be able to answer faster than just going to the garage and checking. First issue I would imagine is if they bolt up to the mounting holes. But when/if you check, let us all know.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 11:33 PM
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well, the tokicos are shit...seemed like a kick ass caliper when they came out but for whatever reason their longevity seems to be an issue.

try the gsxr calipers....worse case the mounting surfaces have to much material on them.
otherwise the nissin are the perfect solution.

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Just upgraded to nissin calipers off of a 2007 Zx6R and I love them! Got them for $100 from some guy parting his bike out.

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I made a mistake, the 2003 GSXR1000 actually uses 300mm rotors, which are the same as the ZX6R. I measured up the GSXR calipers, and they look to be a direct swap to the ZX.

However, the 2003 GSXR calipers are also Tokico. They are slightly different in design, but I wonder if this swap will eventually put me in the same position I already am..

I may give it a shot, but if I can score a set of Nissins, I'm probably taking that route.

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-14-2010, 08:28 AM
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dude just try mounting them, it's only gonna take a few minutes! you already know how they feel and you like them so just give it a shot! let us know how it worked out

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yeah, but watch the pads in the old Gixers caliper, check it first for plenty of pad material! Caliper swap has nothing to do with rotor sizes, you need to watch the caliper mounting tab offset/distance whatever it is. Kawi uses 100mm offset calipers...
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