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~**** My 2003 ZX-6R Build Journal ****~

Glossary:
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> Post #1 - Intro
> Post #4 - New tank pads and wheel decals
> Post #10 - Bike overhaul; New K&N air filter, Valve adjustment, spark plugs, chain, sprockets, coolant reservoir, and changed luids. Removed rear pegs and added a carbon fiber exhaust hanger.


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What up Peeps!

This is my first bike journal. I've built a lot of different cars in the past; Mercedes (VIP), Nissan Frontier (Off-Roader), RSX Type-S (AutoX), Nismo 350Z (Drift), Evo X (Current Daily), etc…

When I had those cars I always started a build journal on the forums that I updated when I could. So I figured I'd do the same for my bike

Anyways, I've always wanted a bike ever since I saw Top Gun with Maverick hauling ass next to an F-14 (With no helmet… wtf? I know…). After a few years of convincing the gf to let me get one she finally gave in… I was originally going to get a brand new 2016 ZX-6R, but I knew I'd drop it. So I decided to get an older bike instead to learn on. I came across this 2003. The owner was a super young kid in college, but he had like 5 bikes. This was just one of his bikes, and I could tell it needed some TLC. But I bit the bullet and bought it anyways.



The seats were shredded, the paint was faded and needed a detail real bad, it was missing a few parts here and there… Since I hadn't taken the MSF course yet, or gotten my license I figured that I'd start buying replacement parts while it sat in my garage. I bought a brand new seat, OEM mirrors, detailed the shit out of it.





After 6 months of owning the bike and riding every day I had clocked in 4k miles. I felt I was ready to sell the bike, and get a new ZX-6R. I posted the ad on craigslist and within 5 minutes my phone was already blowing up. People were getting into bidding wars, and someone offered me $500 over my asking price. I was so excited… I was already frothing going to the local dealer and picking out my next bike before the guy even picked it up. He just requested that I take the bike in to get serviced to make sure everything is good. At that point for some reason I started to second guess selling the bike.

(Emotional image of me contemplating)


But I decided to take it in to get serviced anyways because of a ticking noise. After my mechanic went through the bike he said it was solid. Everything was running good. It just needed a few small things here and there (i.e. air filter, cam chain tensioner, etc.). He said I'd be stupid to sell the bike. So that was it… I decided to keep the bike. And that same day I decided to name my bike, "Arya." I never named my bike since I was planning on selling it after I learned on it anyways. But since I was keeping the bike I finally named her… And yes, I named the bike after Arya from Game of Thrones.



Now that I'm keeping the bike I started ordering new parts for her. New air filter, spark plugs, cam chain tensioner, etc. I plastidipped the frame black, and got a rear seat cowl. I just ordered a few other small things here and there as well. This is how she sits at the moment.



Current mods:
- Yoshimura full exhaust
- Hot bodies tinted windscreen
- CRG Adjustable levers
- Dan Moto rear sets
- Shogun frame sliders
- Rear fender delete with integrated turn signals

Gear:
- AGV K5 Helmet
- Scorpion EXO-410 Helmet
- Dainese Super Speed Leather Jacket
- Dainese Super Speed Textile Jacket
- Sedici Ultimo Gloves
- Sedici Ultimo Boots

Since I'm not getting a new bike and not having payments I'm saving up for more parts and more gear. I hope to take her to the track.

Anyways, hope that wasn't too boring. Let me know if you guys have any tips and feedback on things I should do to the bike!

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- Jody

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Thanks brutha! I'm stoked on my decision with keeping her

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Hey guys,

Just a few small changes. The tank pad that was on the bike was super old, faded, and pealing. It had lasted through 3 different owners. So I needed to replace it badly.

So I got the Progrip Tank pad and the Stomp Grip tank grips



Before: (Sorry for the sh*tty cell phone pics. I took these last night when I finished installing everything).




It was a huge pain in the ass to peal off… took about 30-45 min to get it completely off.







After:

I wish the tank pad was bigger to cover the sun damage from the previous tank pad.





I also got some wheel trim decals to dress up the bike a little bit. The install was more painful than I had anticipated. The more careful and precise I tried to be the more I'd f*ck it up. When I started just eyeballing it the smoother everything went, lol.

And in the pic you can see I also got a rear seat cowl cover. I ordered it from Ebay/China. I chose to get blue to match the bike and they sent me f*cken black… And it also had the wrong mount/bracket underneath. Luckily the holes lined up with me OEM rear seat. So I just took the bracket off the stock rear seat and replaced the sh*tty ones on the seat cowl. So it fits now, but theres a 2mm gap around it. You can't really tell unless you get close to it. No one notices except for me… which still bothers me. So I might end up ordering another one...

Before:




After:






I'll take better pics when I have time. It took me 3 hours total for everything… Took longer than I thought, and I was sweating my balls off in the garage.


I've got about another 1,500 miles until my next oil change. So I plan on replacing my spark plugs, new air filter, cam chain tensioner, and clean/lube the chain.

My cousin is starting his own automotive wrap business so he might do some small wrap projects on my bike. So we'll see...

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Nice Bru, I had the same thing when I took off the old tank protection. Sun does make it hard. I did innstalling Tech Spec pads and leg grips on mine this summer. So worth it. I've had an issue with my cowl, its a pain to take off and put on. So I did away with it and just use the rear seat, not sure where the cowl came from as I bought the bike with options.

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Nice Bru, I had the same thing when I took off the old tank protection. Sun does make it hard. I did innstalling Tech Spec pads and leg grips on mine this summer. So worth it. I've had an issue with my cowl, its a pain to take off and put on. So I did away with it and just use the rear seat, not sure where the cowl came from as I bought the bike with options.
Nice man, how do you like the Tech Spec leg grips? I personally think they look cleaner, but they're almost $20 more than the Stomp Grip. I didn't see that many reviews on them with our generation bike. There were a few positive ratings on the Stomp Grips, so I went with those. Maybe I'll switch down the road. I've seen them on newer bikes… Can you post pics on how your's look?

Yeah, I shoulda known the ebay seat cowl was gonna suck, lol. I need to get a new rear seat cause my stock one is ripped around the edges.

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I like the Tech Spec leg grips so worth it. My wrist use to get sore without the grips as I kept sliding forwards all the time. I've heard good things about the Stomp Grips not sure why I did not go with them in the end

Here is how they look on my bike





Took my ages to line the leg grips up lol

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I like the Tech Spec leg grips so worth it. My wrist use to get sore without the grips as I kept sliding forwards all the time. I've heard good things about the Stomp Grips not sure why I did not go with them in the end

Here is how they look on my bike





Took my ages to line the leg grips up lol


Looks super clean! I actually like the way it looks better. It's a little more subtle.

Is that the HP Corsa Exhaust?

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Thanks and yes bud that is a HP Corse exhaust. I don't run any baffles in as I like a loud bike. It's a challenge to keep it quiet lol.

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Little update… I noticed that my bike was leaking coolant so I took my bike to the shop to figure out what was going on. The plastic coolant reservoir was so old that it was crumbling like a cracker. After my mechanic drained the bottle he squeezed it and it just crumbled…

So I figured it was time to just tune up the bike.

New:
- Spark plugs
- Chain
- Sprockets
- K&N Air Filter
- Valve adjustment
- Changed the fluids

I also got my carbon fiber exhaust hanger to replace the right foot beg that holds it since I removed the rear seat.


Here are some updated pics, and better ones showing the Stomp Grips and, Progrip tank pad, and wheel decals.























The bike feels amazing. The response is night and day. The bike runs smoother and sounds even better.
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Looking good bud xD, is the chain to slack in the 2nd picture ? Where is bows down no ? I understand from off road bikes its like that when the suspension is slack. Natural for dirt bikes but for on road bikes its the same ?

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Hey guys! It's been awhile. I've been mostly been on the ZX6R facebook page. But the bike has had a few changes here and there. I got new Bridgestone Battlax S21 tires, and I replaced my Yoshimura TRS slip-on for the Carbon Fiber Akrapovic Slip-on. It was originally made for the 2009+ ZX6R, but I had it custom fitted for my 03.

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