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post #16 of 26 Old 01-26-2017, 07:37 AM
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You're probably best going with an 09-12 shock, especially since others have done it and seem to have had luck with the set up. Lots of them on eBay, that's where I found the one I ordered.
yes I will go on 2009-2012 shock just I will do oil change before putting it in motorcycle.
I see You from Canada so it is less cost because of the delivery from USA.
In USA these shocks is like 30 euros cheaper than in Europe. In USA all parts for zx6r are in good price.
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post #17 of 26 Old 02-05-2017, 05:41 PM
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The 2012 shock that I ordered arrived this week. It looks like it is in great condition. One thing I noticed though is that the top of the shock seems to be turned to the left a bit. When you look at the shock straight on with the way it would mount at the bottom to the linkage the top doesn't look like it line up, seems to be off to the left. I don't know much about rear shocks so I'll attach some pictures, if someone could tell me if this is normal, or if there is a way to adjust it to line up that would be great because I don't know anything about it. Thanks.
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you talk about the nitrogen tank ?
you can turn the bottom linkage and everything will be i line...
This linkage is on the shaft so it turns freely
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Ok, I was able to turn it, I actually turned it all the way around a couple times then forgot where it was originally lol. What does turning the bottom of it do? Is it tightening or loosening something depending on which way I turn it? I just want to make sure that I have it in the proper position. Again, I'm not that familiar with rear shocks, I downloaded the 09-12 zx6r service manual but I don't see anything about the bottom part turning. I attached a picture to highlight what I'm referring to.
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Ok, I was able to turn it, I actually turned it all the way around a couple times then forgot where it was originally lol. What does turning the bottom of it do? Is it tightening or loosening something depending on which way I turn it? I just want to make sure that I have it in the proper position. Again, I'm not that familiar with rear shocks, I downloaded the 09-12 zx6r service manual but I don't see anything about the bottom part turning. I attached a picture to highlight what I'm referring to.

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B1H shock upgrade

I don't see any problems you can turn it as much as you like
You can adjust just four parameters:
- spring tension
- rebound damping
- compression damping
- quick rebound damping
And I think fifth parameter would be swingarm angle (rear height) as you can put bushings between top shock mounting bracket and the frame
And you need to check it as 2009-2012 shock is about 10 mm shorter than original 2003 shock
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I posted here:
B1H shock upgrade

I don't see any problems you can turn it as much as you like
You can adjust just four parameters:
- spring tension
- rebound damping
- compression damping
- quick rebound damping
And I think fifth parameter would be swingarm angle (rear height) as you can put bushings between top shock mounting bracket and the frame
And you need to check it as 2009-2012 shock is about 10 mm shorter than original 2003 shock
Thank you very much for the help. It is much appreciated. I will update in a couple months how it went once I get my bike out of storage. Thanks again!
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Quick question.
Has anyone fitted the ohlins ttx gp (ka-361/362) on their 2008 zx6r. Been searching and can't find any info on whether this works. Also been considering the nitron race pro shock, but nitron only makes the R3 for the 2008 zx6r.

How different is the mounting for the 2008 and 2009 zx6r?

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Quick question.
Has anyone fitted the ohlins ttx gp (ka-361/362) on their 2008 zx6r. Been searching and can't find any info on whether this works. Also been considering the nitron race pro shock, but nitron only makes the R3 for the 2008 zx6r.

How different is the mounting for the 2008 and 2009 zx6r?

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You can check the mounting brackets on Kawasaki parts catalog
https://www.kawasaki.com/parts

they give measurements of the sleeves and I think it will be the same: 30 mm bottom and the same mounting on top but I'm not surre so you need to check it

on ohlins page I see that 2008 shock has 67 mm stroke and 2009 has 64 mm
it is not big difference I think...

I'm just third year on bike so need to learn a lot...

I also was thinking about Nitron shock on my 2003 zx6r but after I decided that I need to learn ride on track and later to buy something newer than 2003 bike and don't do big investments in old bike
I will put 2009-2012 zx6r shock because original shock is to bad
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Just dropped my bike off at the shop for a spring tune up this weekend. They are going to install the 2012 shock in my 03 zx6r.

I'm wondering what any of you would recommend for settings on the rebound damping and compression damping? The shop isn't going to get at the bike until Wednesday or Thursday so I need to let them know before then what settings I want. I don't know much about the settings, so I figured I would just tell them to set it to the stock settings, however those settings are for a rider roughly 150lbs and I weigh 175lbs. Any recommendations?
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I got my bike back from the shop. I told them to tweak the shock settings for my weight. I weigh 175lbs, and I'm not sure if height makes much difference but I'm around 5 foot 7 inches tall. Here is what they set the shock settings to:

Spring preload set at 175mm
Rebound damping at 12 clicks
Low speed compression at 2.5 clicks
High speed compression at 2.5 clicks

I took it for a ride yesterday, about 100km. The bike felt a lot better than with the old '03 shock that was on it, but I did find that in a few rough sections I almost bounced a bit on the seat which was a littler different for me. I'll have to ride it a bit more to find out if its good or needs to be adjusted. I'm not entirely sure why they set the spring preload at 175mm since the standard it 179mm but maybe that was because of my weight? The old 03 shock was set at 180mm, I'm not too concerned though because half a centimeter difference isn't really enough to throw the bike off I don't think. What do any of you think of those settings? Any recommendations?
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there are lots of info about suspension setup
for example

there is no correct setup because every time it is individual and it depends from your weight, riding style, tire wear, track, street, old/new fork/shock oil, bike performance and etc...
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