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    Took the gold off the factory exhaust, installed swing-arm spools, did a couple of wheelies, one almost put me in the back of a minivan full of kids...
    tightened my recently found loose muffler clamp, snugged up my header bolts... tightened my chain a wee bit, sprayed some lube on the chain, And I washed 'er up all purty!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichD View Post
    Took the gold off the factory exhaust, installed swing-arm spools, did a couple of wheelies, one almost put me in the back of a minivan full of kids...
    tightened my recently found loose muffler clamp, snugged up my header bolts... tightened my chain a wee bit, sprayed some lube on the chain, And I washed 'er up all purty!!!
    Hey how did you do the chain tighten thing? I'm skeered to do it 'cuz I don't wanna throw off my alignment!

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    if you look closely on the swingarm, where the axle shaft goes thru and there is a big blocky thing that the small 8mm adjuster bolt hits...There are marks on the swingarm and on that block. Just make sure you have the same alignment(the marks align at the same point on either side), on both sides. Loosen the main axle nut on the right side(have to remove cotter pin, of course), only about half a turn was all I needed, then loosen the jamb nuts on each side of the swingarm.(the small bolts that push the axle back) the turn the bolts out and it will push the axle back. It doesn't much to tighten the chain. My chain was very loose(about 2 inches of sagging) and it only took half a mark to bring it to one inch of play( with rider weight, fully loaded). I will take pics of the swingarm and axle up close tomorrow during the day to explain the marks I am referring to. Its really easy, just look at it and think about it...

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    ordered ultra low handlebars, ordered new frame piece, sold girlfriends bike......she dropped it in traffic
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichD View Post
    if you look closely on the swingarm, where the axle shaft goes thru and there is a big blocky thing that the small 8mm adjuster bolt hits...There are marks on the swingarm and on that block. Just make sure you have the same alignment(the marks align at the same point on either side), on both sides. Loosen the main axle nut on the right side(have to remove cotter pin, of course), only about half a turn was all I needed, then loosen the jamb nuts on each side of the swingarm.(the small bolts that push the axle back) the turn the bolts out and it will push the axle back. It doesn't much to tighten the chain. My chain was very loose(about 2 inches of sagging) and it only took half a mark to bring it to one inch of play( with rider weight, fully loaded). I will take pics of the swingarm and axle up close tomorrow during the day to explain the marks I am referring to. Its really easy, just look at it and think about it...
    I wouldn't go by the marks on the swingarm . . . its better to measure the gap distance on the swingarm. I measured off the marks and screwed up my alignment. Took it to a local mechanic and he is the one who told me about it. Invest in a alignment tool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03kraz1000 View Post
    I wouldn't go by the marks on the swingarm . . . its better to measure the gap distance on the swingarm. I measured off the marks and screwed up my alignment. Took it to a local mechanic and he is the one who told me about it. Invest in a alignment tool!
    Good to know. luckily, mine ended up spot on. But I am certainly gonna look into this alignment tool you refer to.

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    Coolant flush

    Wow, nobody is doing anything to their Zs I guess.

    I flushed the coolant on my '04 Z1000 today. Who knows when it was done last. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the original coolant from 2004.

    Man what a PITA to have to take the tank off to get to the rad cap. But on a positive note, I got to inspect all the electrical connections and pack them all with dielectric grease. It's beyond me why that isn't done at the factory. The only motorcycle I ever owned that had dielectric grease packed in its connectors was my first 2007 Speed Triple. And it was the consistency of mayonnaise.

    The coolant had some grainy white things in it which I assume is some oxidized aluminum. I flushed the cooling system with distilled water a couple of times and then put in some Engine Ice. After I put the tank back on and reconnected the fuel line, I put a couple of cups of fuel in the tank and then looked under my tank for any leaks. It was all good thankfully so I filled the tank up and fired her up to make sure I didn't screw anything up. Worked like a charm!

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    Put in a new battery and installed a front and rear dash cam system. Very simple set up, looks good. A shame this forum isnt as active as it once used to be. I guess everyone moved over to ig and fb.

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    I put a new tire on the rear and ran out of lock tight, so my 730 km. tire break in ride ended up vibrating the rear caliper mounting bolt loose and losing it. I noticed it about halfway through my ride and didn't use the rear brake the rest of the way home. A missing rear bolt will cause the caliper to turn on the front bolt lifting the rear of the caliper, next time I'll definitely go get some more lock tight instead of thinking it'll be fine just tightening to specifications. No damage occurred but ever since I've been riding I've always used both front and rear brakes and it was really hard to break that habit.
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    Wow check this old thread. I have a few posts in it somewhere, I'm sure. Haven't been here for a while.

    I still have my Z1K, I have and need to replace some parts - new tires, I have a set of Pirelli tires a friend took off an MV Augusta and gave to me, they're like new. I got my forks overhauled, the seals were bad, need to put them back on. And they leaked all over my brake pads, I have a new set of them to install, and need to check the rotors.

    Maybe sometime soon I'll be riding again...
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    Replaced the plugs on my z750s/1000. After 50k miles it started dropping cylinders at idle

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    I do plugs every valve set, at 134,000 km I have 14 out of 24k that I ever put on a set.

    So sagan85: the 05 ZX10 swinger isn't going to be just bolt in, but it's still pretty doable, 05 zx10 rim/tire have to move about "3/16ths to the right, I'll need a spacer the same on the left, then the sprocket lineup begins zx10 is off to the left moving the swinger right is gonna help but not enough with a standard z750 sprocket with the shoulder in instead of out measures pretty close I think fine tuning could be done with spacers on the front sprocket even if you had to shorten the nut a little, it needs a zx10 brake line too. I mocked it up gonna pretty it up and do it this winter, at which time I'll open a new thread with pics. I painted the original and it's finishing the summer before retirement
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    Would a Z1000 sprocket help line up to the rear since it doesn't have the same offset as the 750? Should help with moving the chain towards the inside. Also was the frame pivot bolt the same size?

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    Started setting up the pc5 launch control on my Z today. Using an ignition module designed for a zx6 I wasn't able to get all of the functions to work. I finally figured out it was just the updates didn't match between it and the fuel injection module. Set it to activate with of the clutch. Must have used the wrong wire so was acting as if it were redlining at 3500 rpm lol yanked the wire and ran normally. At least I know it actually works now. Kinda curious if my actual redline will match the zx6. Didn't get to find out on the 2 mile trip to work will have to see in the morning. Unfortunately there's not a whole lot of info out there on setting up the ignition modules especially when it was designed for a completely different bike lol but anyone interested in added a zx6 PC5 ignition it's basically just one wire needs removed then match the other 3 to the Z harness

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