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post #1 of 16 Old 04-29-2016, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hi

Hope you are all well.

I have been looking at buying an 06 plate zx6r (636). I am just looking for some advise on what to look out for when buying one.

what mechanical problems should I look out for and avoid?

Any other advise? should i avoid them totally and go for a different year?

Any help much appreciated.

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-29-2016, 03:25 AM
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Hi, I had an '06 for 4 years,bought it with 8k on the clock and sold it at 17k (including 5 trackdays) and it ran faultlessly throughout. All I did was service it and put tyres on it.The only non service-able item I replaced was the front and rear wheel bearings.All in all I highly recommend the model. I really enjoyed owning it.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-29-2016, 05:44 AM
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I just sold mine. Love the break. Ride it and see how the gears shift. No slipping.

I would hope anyone that has this particular bike has upgraded the braking system. Preferably new master cylinder and stainless steel lines. If not there's a good chance you will spend money doing it (not expensive or difficult to do yourself)

Ask if it's had its 15000 mile service. If he says yes play dumb and asks what that consists of. Hopefully he says valve adjustment.

If you don't want to spend much money right away then if it has good chain and sprockets and tires then you can likely avoid immediate expenses.

I usually check Chain slack and brake fluid color as my signs to see if the person took at least a lil care of the bike.

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Take it from a guy who has been burned on a few craigslist deals, you do not want to buy a bike without knowing it inside and out. Ask whoever you are buying the bike from that it is completely cold when you get there, a lot of the time sellers who have issues with the bike such as a knock or start issue will run the bike to heat it up, which will get the oil around and make everything seem quieter/smoother. Just give the engine cover a good check to see if it is hot/warm. Next, make sure the oil level is to spec because people will also flood the engine with extra oil to reduce knock. Make sure the forks are absolutely straight when you sit on it and there is no off center look/feel. check for scrapes on the frame as indicators that the bike has been down, and try to avoid bikes with aftermarket fairings unless it comes with the originals. Extra stickers are likely to cover up blemishes/cracks, and make sure you take the seats off to see whats underneath. Overall, ask for paperwork from a shop if they have it and like Spiderman said, play dumb about the service and ask what it entails. Good luck

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Transmission, second gear in particular is a problem. The shift fork bends and then it will start to pop out of second gear.

I think that year has issues with ECU overheating. (could be previous generation though, search the forum there are a lot of posts on the issue)

Almost all years have issues with the gas cap lock getting stuck. At least for some owners. Stored outside is a bigger issue for them. But, than storing any bike outside is problematic. Ignitions switches also have tendency to get stuck too on some bikes.

Brakes suck on that series. They might be livable but they are inferior to other years/makes.

Obviously maintenance issues are a problem on all used bikes. Tires, chain/sprockets, brake pads/rotors, clutch, cables all those things need to be checked. Expect to have to replace most of them on a used bike. Maybe the PO has taken care of some of them already if your lucky.
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Thanks for all the replies. Very helpful
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-29-2016, 09:26 AM
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You shouldn't have to worry about overheating/ECU issues, that was on the 05. That problem was largely mitigated on 06.

I agree you should make sure the front brake is working well. If it's stock, it's ok, but it really (ideally) would be upgraded. Again, not expensive for you to do this yourself.

The main issues with the 06 are front brake as mentioned, and 2nd gear. Make sure it shifts into 2nd cleanly, and doesn't pop out if you hit the throttle hard in 2nd gear.

I agree with those that talk about starting cold and making sure the oil is filled correctly. If overfull, the 06 can blow a rod out the case.

Take a look at the clip-ons where they fasten to the bottom of the upper triple clamp. If the screw that holds them in place is gone, likely the bike has been down, as those screws get busted out when that happens.

Make sure the full-lock pegs are straight. These are on the bottom triple clamp. If they're bent, welded, or gone, it's been down hard.

Other places I'd look for damage are the fairing stay mounts (in the nose, holds up the rearview mirrors), the speedo and speedo mount, and the ram air (the plastic piece that holds all those up). See if there are any cracks or if it's all loose or the ram air is drooping. Not a deal breaker, but heads up the ram air is about $90 if it's busted.



I bought my 06 used in cosmetically rough condition, but with 9k miles on it, we jumped it and it started and warmed up nice, so I knew the engine was good.

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I have been looking at buying an 06 plate zx6r (636). I am just looking for some advise on what to look out for when buying one.

what mechanical problems should I look out for and avoid?
Just realized, in UK, it's pretty common to get a 'plate' year that's different from MFG year. If the bike is the 'Made in 05' model, you WILL want to ask about ECU replacement/relocation. If it's not been done, there's a risk the ECU suffers from the 05 overheat/shutoff issue. The only way to know is ride about 40-50 minutes until the bike is pretty hot. See if it shuts off on you.

If the ECU has not been relocated from the undertail to under the seat, just use that to negotiate a lower price. A new 06 ECU is 300-600, and without knowing, it's a possibility you'll need to replace and move it.

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Cheers for the advice.
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post #11 of 16 Old 04-30-2016, 01:28 PM
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A lot of fair comments above that apply when buying any bike regardless of model, but I've got to say I experienced none of the problems listed for this specific year and model,not to say they don't exist but I wouldn't be put off buying an '06. Mine put up with a fair amount of abuse, I kept my chain tip top and carried out regular oil changes and it was good to go. But again that's advice for any bike. I say go for it! ☺
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-01-2016, 06:50 AM
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Happens on 06 as well my ecu burnt to shit ! So fucking tired of it !!!!!! But absolutely love my bike ! So not sure what to do ?!??
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post #13 of 16 Old 05-03-2016, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys. Bought an 06 zx6r 636 on Sunday night.

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Thanks Guys. Bought an 06 zx6r 636 on Sunday night.

Nice nice!

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