ZX10 - What I've done, what it's cost, and was it worth it.

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by James Mayfield, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Ok - I started with a 1990 ZX10. Done roughly 100,000km, but the engine was
    still good. Would have been worth $3,000 tops if I had sold it.

    From standard I have:
    Fitted Magnum cans - $800.00 - Very nice sound. Bit more
    performance, but mostly just the noise. Worth every penny.
    Fitted V&H Ignition Advancer - $20 - Helped remove flat spot, and
    helped idling. Worth it.
    Fitted K&N Filter - $90 - (I got 2 but I can't remember if the $90
    was each or for the pair.) Not much noticable difference, but lasts a lot
    longer than the normal filters. Worth it, but only really on a monetary
    value thing. Made the induction noise a bit nicer too, so that was good.
    Lowered forks by roughly 15mm. - $0 - This sharpened up the steering
    more than I thought it would. Very definately worth it.
    Braided Brake Lines - $Can't Remember - Worth every penny. MUCH
    better stopping power.
    Put in heavier weight (I think) fork oil - $0 - It was due for a
    change anyway. This has also helped out heaps. It doesn't dive anywhere near
    as much now. It handles much better on a smooth road, and gives much more
    feedback (this is both good and bad) on a bumpy road.
    Rejetting - $350 - This was the one I was most skeptical about, but
    I am very happy with it.

    So, the grand total: $1260. I think I would be hard pushed to find a better
    bike for $4260 with as much life left in it. (Cue people sending me links,
    trying to sell me their bike etc etc), and even if I could, I doubt VERY
    much that I would find one that would put a bigger grin on my face. And
    that, afterall, is what it's all about.

    I may not be that fast, and may not handle that well, but it feels fast,
    sounds nice, and keeps me with a big grin on my face.

    Still wish I could afford to put a turbo on it though.
    James Mayfield, Aug 3, 2004
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  2. James Mayfield

    corks Guest

    nice post , well done on your mods

    perhaps next get the shock overhauled - after that many kays it prolly needs
    it ?????

    brasided lines are indeed excellent just doen them on my bike, makes a big
    different on a newish bike and be even more so on a older bike

    if youree happpy with it then thats all that mattters

    cheers ;-)
    corks, Aug 3, 2004
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  3. One thing to watch out for--they're notorious for breaking Ventura racks.

    Pat Heslewood, Aug 3, 2004
  4. James Mayfield

    atec Guest

    Take a trip to a motor wrecker that deals in Japcrap . a suitable turbo
    used off a front cut will be cheap , expect to pay under 300$ for a
    usable device off a 1600cc jap car.. $100.00 worth of bends and pipe and
    have at it , good luck .( can you weld ?_)
    atec, Aug 3, 2004
  5. YES...and fuel injection

    fulliautomatix, Aug 3, 2004
  6. James Mayfield

    atec Guest

    well if its cheap . or a suitable carb , blow through on turbo is best
    then injection.
    atec, Aug 3, 2004
  7. James Mayfield

    smack Guest

    I walked intio a cable shop and put the SR lines on the bench and said can you make these in braided.

    Yes, and they ADR approved as well.

    I didn't ask for a price, and got charged $230 for front and rear single disk...

    EnZed does em, but not sure if they ADR. Mine were ready in a week.

    smack, Aug 3, 2004
  8. James Mayfield

    corks Guest

    mine were goodridge imported or made up by john stammas - $260 b n f
    corks, Aug 3, 2004
  9. I got my kit from MCA in Parramatta. There are generic ones, but they aren't
    any cheaper than the custom made ones. Go custom made. That way you can be
    sure they will fit.

    I'm looking for a shock to replace the ZX10 one with. Problem is, it's quite
    a short shock.
    James Mayfield, Aug 3, 2004
  10. Pirtek in Botany have been mentioned here before as doing custom street
    legal braded brake lines:

    4/7-9 Kent Road
    Mascot NSE 2020
    ph 02 9317 2388

    I haven't used them myself tho, just made note of it for future

    Iain Chalmers, Aug 4, 2004
  11. In aus.motorcycles on Wed, 4 Aug 2004 19:27:28 +0930
    Apparently the individual shop needs to be licenced to do them, it's not
    "Pirtek does 'em" it's "Pirtek Botany does 'em".

    So your local might, but it's unlikely, as I don't think any other
    Pirtek branch in NSW does.

    Try the local custom car guys, they may know of a brake place that does
    legal lines.

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 4, 2004
  12. James Mayfield

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Knobdoodle, Aug 4, 2004
  13. James Mayfield

    Knobdoodle Guest

    The Goodridge ones come in kits with new banjo-bolts and crush-washers
    tailor-made for each individual bike.
    When I priced them they were actually cheaper than getting lines-only made
    at my local Pirtek.
    Knobdoodle, Aug 4, 2004
  14. James Mayfield

    Nev.. Guest

    When was the last time anyone had their brake lines checked by the cops for
    legal compliance?

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Aug 5, 2004
  15. In aus.motorcycles on Thu, 05 Aug 2004 10:20:34 +1000
    I get mine eyeballed and noted every annual inspection.

    Well.. the ones that aren't hidden in a rubber tube looking sorta like
    normal rubber lines anyway!

    In states that don't do annual inspections, then I expect it will be
    one of those "do you if they want you" offences. If they want to teach
    you the error of your ways, they will find a way to make you squeal and
    that sort of defect is perfect. There's no way to argue it, and will
    cost you lots in money and hassle. A very nice "don't look that way at
    me sonny" offence.

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 5, 2004
  16. Galfer is another option, come in kits already to go, not sure how
    they compare pricewise but they were wot I got.
    James Rolfe (Agg - OCAU), Aug 5, 2004
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