I figured I should start my track bike thread as my track season starts on 5/10, unless something comes up earlier because of the weather.
I would call it a build thread but I honestly have done next to none of the work and it would not be right for me to take any credit. I bought an 09 zx6r track bike from a local builder and supplied a few aftermarket parts that were installed during the build.
So she pretty much started from the frame up this is just the first picture I got of the progress. At this point Pirelli super corsa rubber is installed and rims painted gloss black. I went with DOT tires as this will be my first venture back on to the track since I parted ways with my 05 R1 a few years ago. I plan to upgrade to Superbike Pros next.
I am working on a budget so I was very selective in the choices I made in terms of performance mods. I have wasted money before on mods that were not necessary for the level I was riding at wanted to do things a little different this time. Like most one of my first purchases was an M4 gp slip on cheap and used from a local guy who had just bought the full system. Next was a PCV, Xtre and BMC Air Filter. Next up after that was a few bits for my own comfort Pazzo short levers from a forum member for a great deal and some Tech Spec tank grips.
Now I was happy with the M4 but I have yet to run a bike without some sort of full system, (call me an exhaust snob) so due to my budget,or lack of, a full m4 system much less and Akra was not in my plans and really I've spent thousands on full systems before and have found without some sort of engine work, port polishing etc you are really not getting the best out of the system, some like the Beet have been reported known to loose power unless engine work is involved.
So I set to looking for some headers to mate with the M4. This turned out to be more difficult than I expected. The Arrow headers are a good option but if I'm spending over 400 plus shipping and duty etc I wanted something that I was sure was going to work with out any modifications. I then came across MJS performance headers $275 plus shipping and you can send back your headers for a 70 dollar credit. Because of shipping I've decided to just sell my header locally.
Now I know this is not a full system and weights about the same as stock headers but they claim a hp gain that is one or two hp shy of the top full systems at a fraction of the price, I figure hey if I'll give it a chance. For under 500 I had something I wouldn't call a full system but was the option I was looking for and I would recommend it to anyone already owning slip on and is looking for headers to turn their slip on to a "full system". They are in no way better than a full system but if you already own a slip on and are on a budget it's not a bad option.That being said I probably could have knocked out the cat, sprayed it with black ceramic paint and welded in an 02 bung etc myself but I have no place to work on it, I am lazy and really would rather have someone with experience do it for a reasonable price IMO.
I had to be honest with myself as a maybe intermediate track day rider I doubt the difference in performance will make much difference to my track day experience but the money I'm saving could cover more than 10 track days if I had bought an Akra or Leo etc. For the trade off in what is supposed to be a few hp I can live with that till next season when I plan some engine work and a nice sexy full system. This is how she sat at that point.