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Hey guys,

Trying to decide on my next modification to my 2006 ZZR 600. I am trying to update the styling on it, here is what it looked like when I purchased it with 1000 miles on it in 2009:




Here is what it looks like right now:









Trying to find a new project to work on but not sure what to tackle next. I ordered a rear seat cowl for it.

Performance wise it is geared +4 in the rear, +4 ignition advance, K&N filter, bolt on exhaust and a few other things.

So what next? It seems like the aftermarket for our bikes is starting to shrink compared to the newer bikes :(.

If it was a black bike, I would put gold stuff on it, what do you do with a silver bike though?
 

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Jet kit, swing arm swap, shock swap or 05/06 wheel swap? I would like to do the 05 wheels and swing arm swap on my g1
 

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I went to Lowes and cut a stair tread grip strip, but here is one of the more expensive ones specially made for gas tanks:

Tank Tredz Motorcycle Gas Tank Grip Skins Pads - Tank Tredz Motorcycle Grip Skins


Some people like a better back shock for a better suspension and better looks.

Some people will cut the muffler shorter for looks and more sound, and it is best with a Factory Pro carb rejet kit.

I think you are better off putting your money into more fuel and motel rooms, to take more long trips.
 

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the best mod I have made to mine has got to be the 06 shock swap....bike handles way way better than it did before.... they can be picked up fairly cheap on ebay...
 

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The 06 shock swap (or any newer shock...I know that any up to 08 fit...not sure about 09 onwards) is very easy....if you buy it with the lower linkage it is a straight swap (apart from putting a 6-8mm spacer where the shock attaches to the top of the frame - the larger the spacer you use, the higher the back end will be and the faster it will turn in to corners:))... if you buy the shock only and use your original linkage you need to file out the lower bracket of the shock by approx 2mm (it would be better to mill it out but we dont all have access to specialist equipment!)....its easy to file out, it just takes time and patience;)... if I remember rightly, the 06 onwards shock is better as it was a Showa shock...the pre 06 ones arent built as well as the Showa ones...

even if you have very little mechanical experience (you may do...i dont know!), it is a very easy task that you cant really go wrong with :D
 

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dont be tempted to raise the back end too much though as it weights up the front tyre when turning and too much can cause the front end to wash out if you push the bike hard.... If you measure the rear height before you take your old shock off, you can then compare it when you have fitted the new shock...its doesnt have to be mm perfect though:cool:
 

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You need to keep the spacer that is on the top of it and add another of approx 6-8mm (I used a spare nut I had lying around but any hardware store will sell them)...to confim this, measure frome centre to centre of the mounting holes of the old shock and then compare to the new one...before you remove the old shock measure from the floor to the a set point (such as the centre of the pillion lock) and record this....then when you install the new one you can check that the rear end is at the same height...you can adjust the rear height by using diferent sized spacers

you will need to find a way to support the rear when you change the shock as the shock holds everything up....i used a ratchet strap from the roof of my garage....you cant beat a ghetto fix!:D
 

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Your bike will (should) already have the same aluminum spacer on the shock mount that was on the bike-looking at the pics of what you bought, it came with another one of the spacers-you don't "need" both of them, but both of them stacked will raise the rear ride height and the bike responds well to that.(or atleast mine did)
 

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I would add flat black powdercoat to the wheels, because it helps hide all the road grime and chain oil that slowly gets on the back wheel, but you can have it done purple with pink polka-dots if that is what you like.
 

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Speakers, air bags, maybe some fuzzy dice ?
 

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Any ZX6R shock from 98 to 2011 will fit your bike, same goes for 04 and newer ZX10R. 05 and newer need the 05 and newer lower linkage knuckle (where the shock mounts on bottom). The 07 and newer shocks are a lot better than the 05/06. 07 and up shocks are 5 mm shorter, so additional spacers are necessary for maintaining proper ride height, 05/06 are 10 mm shorter. So get the shock and lower knuckle and it's a direct swap. Those shocks will allow you to use an 03/04 ZX6R hugger, which needs some modification to bolt up, but it's not difficult.

05-08 swingarms are a direct swap as well, but your chain and rear brake line will be a little short, so you'll need a new chain and longer brake line (about 2.5" longer is just right). 07/08 swingarms look a little different than the 05/06, but mount up all the same. 03/04 swingarms are also a direct swap, but it's basically the same as you already have, just different mounting points for the hugger and chain guard.

The aftermarket world isn't that big for the J model bike, but soooo much other stuff can be swapped over from late model bikes.

I'd also suggest an 05 or newer front master cylinder and braided lines for much better braking up front (brake lines need to match whichever master you want). The newer the master cylinder, the better it performs. For example I run a 2009 CBR600RR master and it's freakin' night and day better than the ZZR and 05/06 ZX6R masters. Just remember that the brake levers are different for each year bike.
 

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