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This is a discussion on R6 swingarm swap within the ZR-7 Performance Upgrades forums, part of the Kawasaki ZR-7 category; It is for both look, ride, and just to see if I could do it, I really havent had a chance to take it for ...

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    It is for both look, ride, and just to see if I could do it, I really havent had a chance to take it for an extended ride yet and we are suppose to be getting a big storm today. The brief ride I took it on yesterday, it felt good. The shock I put on has a lot more adjustment then the old one. I'll keep you informed on how it rides.
    Last edited by rdannar; 04-15-07 at 09:19 AM.
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    Nice work rdannar.
    Did you just eyeball the Yamaha arm and believed it would work or what?
    I'm impressed that you would tackle such a job.
    On another note, man was I surprised the other day when I took delivery of a ZR7 swingarm and found out that it is made of steel, although it "looks" like a boxed aluminum arm.
    Again, nice work and keep us posted on the ride quality and such.
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    I looked at the ebay pics. went to the yamaha site to see how it was attached and decided to give it a go. Total cost of the install was around 120 dollars and it took almost a complete day of working on the bike to grind, make parts and fiddle to make it fit. It only has the one dog bone, since the r6 diagram shows only one. I had to take out the little swing arm attached to the frame and used that to attach the new dogbone. Just going on a short ride, and sitting and bouncing on it, It has excellent movement and is adjusted in the middle, but feels really soft but not as bouncy compared to the zr7 (if that makes sense).
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    which helmet should I be Power Ranger white or grey

    thread for aesthetics mods

    R6 arm swap

    my full build details at csf

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    nice work. looks like it belongs on the bike. almost matches the look of the grey side covers


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    I realize that my reply last night ended up in the middle of your documentation. So, I will try again...

    I think it looks great!!!

    I am a bit concerned about the rear brake line. Seems a bit snug. And that bend at the banjo fitting....
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    I am going to look into the minor details, brake line being one of them. My main goal was to see if I could swap it out and have it be functional, which it appears to be. Next is the little stuff and touch ups, paint, smoothing out some of the grinding and cutting, etc...I'll post up more in the next week or two with any other progress.
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    which helmet should I be Power Ranger white or grey

    thread for aesthetics mods

    R6 arm swap

    my full build details at csf

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    Neat!
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    Details please! What year is the swing arm from? What specific parts for the swap? I have the front right about where I want it, but the rear could use some help.

    Great Job BTW.
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    it is from on 2005 R6, Reread the post, it tells everything I did, Alot of grinding and cutting to get everything to fit. I think the only thing I didn't show a pic of was inserting the tube that the axle fits in to attach to the frame and I used the spacer on the left side that came of of the frame side axle as well. Most of the time was spent cutting things and figgering out the best way to attach the shock to the arm and frame. I would not recommend what I did, It probably makes more sense to just weld a mount that fits a new shock onto your regualar parts. I just did it for the hell of it. A lot of people said it would be hard to mix bike brands soooo. I had to give it a try.
    00 ZR7 Customized Muzzy Carbon fiber shorty exhaust, Corbin Seat, Custom chopped fender eliminator, clubman bars, single light to double Halo headlight conversion, -1 front sprocket +6 rear sprocket, Custom R6 swingarm and shock, Custom Barend mirror, Custom dogbone to lift the rear, and much more.
    which helmet should I be Power Ranger white or grey

    thread for aesthetics mods

    R6 arm swap

    my full build details at csf

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    You should leave the 180 tire on it....may help it in the corners

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    It has 170, I think, Have to get new rear this year, I think the new arm allows 180 pretty easyily. On the old arm I heard it was a tight squeeze.
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    which helmet should I be Power Ranger white or grey

    thread for aesthetics mods

    R6 arm swap

    my full build details at csf

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    I looked through your posts a few times last night, and didn't see any information as to the model year the arm was from, but I do now. I always find backyard engineering projects interesting, especially when the results have this much potential.
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    wow, what a huge difference in the amount I can adjust the shock. Rides a lot better after the r6 swap and I put 1.5 inches of PVC in the front shocks
    00 ZR7 Customized Muzzy Carbon fiber shorty exhaust, Corbin Seat, Custom chopped fender eliminator, clubman bars, single light to double Halo headlight conversion, -1 front sprocket +6 rear sprocket, Custom R6 swingarm and shock, Custom Barend mirror, Custom dogbone to lift the rear, and much more.
    which helmet should I be Power Ranger white or grey

    thread for aesthetics mods

    R6 arm swap

    my full build details at csf

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    I read your full conversion on csf.

    If you're looking for a +5 advancer, there is a guy in west coast US who modifies stock rotors. He'll either buy you a new one and modify, or he'll do yours if you send it. You can find him at
    espresso_doppio@yahoo.com or on the Zephyr Zone.

    He used to work for FactoryPro, and can also get jet kits quite cheaply.

    A stage 1 jet kit will give you heaps more bang than an advancer. Go for pods and and a stage 3 and you'll kill it.

    Next step perhaps a Wiseco 810cc, and really give the ZR-7 some balls??

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    That R6 swing arm swap is sweet! I'm going to put one on my bike.
    Last edited by Ituen; 01-10-09 at 02:06 PM.
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