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Old 11-09-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 98 zx6 fork tubes and handlebars location?

So the previous owner of my bike had some handlebars that I don't think are stock and if they are, either way they seem pretty sketchy and I want to replace them. Also, they are mounted above the top triple clamp, seems like half the pictures i look at show handlebars below the triple clamp and if that is the case I would imagine the front end of the bike is lowered quite a bit right now. I took a quick rough fork tube measurement before coming to work, the tubes are 30.5 inches long. Anyone know if my handlebars should be mounted above or below the triples?

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I could see another picture from another angle I could tell it for sure but I would say those are the original handlebars just put ON TOP of the triple tree instead of underneath.

Just take that big 32mm nut off the upper triple clamp from the steering stem, take off the upper triple, put those clip ons back on, hand tight, then mount that plate back on and put the clip ons flush under it. there should be a bolt on each underneath the clip on which positions the handlebar in the right angle by going up and into the triple tree clamp plate...

oh, and don't forget yo loosen the LOWER triple clamp so you can push the forks back down. Might need a jack or a steering stem front stand to raise the front up in order to do all that.

Easier to accomplish with two people since those fork tubes wanna twist with the wheel mounted on them.

PM me if you need any other tips. I did that stuff like twice this season and won't be my last time since I gotta do a rebuild on my 40 000km old forks. I'm hard on my equipment.

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If I could see another picture from another angle I could tell it for sure but I would say those are the original handlebars just put ON TOP of the triple tree instead of underneath.

Just take that big 32mm nut off the upper triple clamp from the steering stem, take off the upper triple, put those clip ons back on, hand tight, then mount that plate back on and put the clip ons flush under it. there should be a bolt on each underneath the clip on which positions the handlebar in the right angle by going up and into the triple tree clamp plate...

oh, and don't forget yo loosen the LOWER triple clamp so you can push the forks back down. Might need a jack or a steering stem front stand to raise the front up in order to do all that.

Easier to accomplish with two people since those fork tubes wanna twist with the wheel mounted on them.

PM me if you need any other tips. I did that stuff like twice this season and won't be my last time since I gotta do a rebuild on my 40 000km old forks. I'm hard on my equipment.
Thanks for the info Zven, i am at work now but will snap another shot if need be tonight when i get home. You see the silver stainless allen head in the picture to the right side of the LEFT fork tube on top of the triple? The bars on the bike have a hole that lines up with those while resting on the top of the Triple as they are now. Maybe that hole goes all the way thru to the bottom to achieve what you were talking about and then the PO put the left bar on the right and the right bar on the left? Sorry that is confusing!

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I believe that 98-99 bikes had the clip-ons mounted on top of the triple clamp. 00-02 and J model ZZR's have them mounted underneath the triple clamp but have a built in riser so the handlebars are at the same height.

Also pretty sure that the 98-99 forks are longer because of this.
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I believe that 98-99 bikes had the clip-ons mounted on top of the triple clamp. 00-02 and J model ZZR's have them mounted underneath the triple clamp but have a built in riser so the handlebars are at the same height.

Also pretty sure that the 98-99 forks are longer because of this.
That is what i was wondering, anyone out there with a 98/99 and an 00-02 that can measure their forks for me, who knows what this guy had on this poor old thing. I think the control boxes were off something different as well.

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Master parts swap list says they 98's were 1 1/4 longer, just need to know what I have now lol.

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Just looks like the last owner just painted the clamps for the bars.. My 98 has them in polished silver..
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I was wrong. Forgot to check with my favorite source kawasakipartshouse.net

WildCat said the right thing. And indeed, my 2001 got risers build in but clamp underneath.

I think the way you got it set up is absolutely fine and they are stock.
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Thanks for the info guys, one step closer to getting it back on the road.

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