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First Up I want to say how much i’m enjoying my time on this forum so far and I have found lots of helpfull advice and ideas for what i’d like to do with my Z1000
On the whole I really like the Zed as a really good all round motorcycle, but as I’m a completely insane hardcore streetfighter hooligan I was thinking of what I was going to change on the bike after the first ride, now after 6000 miles in 3 months I have a much better idea of whats needed.
Here’s the bike as it stands now....



Only mods so far are throw the mirrors in the trash (had some ****ty after market ones fitted and my knuckles kept hitting the RHS one when i wound the throttle on) None of my other fighters have mirrors anyway so who cares and i’ve shaved some weight off the bike already.
I made a tail tidy for the licence plate and turn signals to replace the *** teardrop stick on ones the bike came with and fitted matching signals at the front. (these are temp until i can afford some billet ones)

Previous owner had dropped the forks thru the triple by 60mm the bike had a really nice aggressive stance but handled sketchy at the front to say the least. I halved this to 30mm and it handles alot nicer now, with decent rubber it should be nearly spot on.
Also previous owner had changed the gearing so the speedo is out by around 8mph not a big deal as i use a gps anyway and will probally junk the stock gauges in the future
Last modifications the bike had when I got it was gravel rash on both sides nothing to bad but just goes to show not to mess with the bikes handling until you have learned to handle it as stock.

That’s where I’m at now the next post I will put the general plan out there, feel free to comment offer advice or other alternatives to my plans
SORRY IF I OFFEND Z1000 OWNERS ON HERE I KNOW THIS IS NOT KAWASAKI BUT IT IS MY OTHER PROJECT AND A TASTER OF WHAT I EVENTUALLY HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THE ZED

 

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OK here’s the general plan for project Zed Fighta

I am relocating to the USA from England in Feb 2011, I will be bringing all my tools and knowledge with me but I will be limited as to what I can fabricate myself to start with as I have to sell all my equipment that runs on electricity. It will be getting replace eventually but for now it’s going to be relatively minor mods.
The items below are in no set order and will be done or change and evolve as I go along depending on what comes along.
I’m a great believer in making it up as you go along and there isn’t much that I can’t make fit if I really want it.

First up I was less than impressed with the bikes power as standard, the bike had been geared up by previous owner and still didn’t impress me much, also it is the quietest bike i’ve ridden in over 15 years and really need some bark behind it.....So top of the list is going to be a power commander unit, the airbox mod and to gut and shorten the standard mufflers, I like the look of the slash cut standard mufflers that I saw in another thread.
This will give the bike a little more attitude and apart from the power commander cost will be cheap and easy to do. This is just going to be an interim step while I gather parts for the next step regarding power.

I was in the mind set to just stuff a bigger motor in the frame to give me the power I need but to be honest thats a bit more effort than i want to put in at this stage (so i’ll save the 1400cc motor plan for later down the line, J/K i was actually going to shoehorn a 1200 in. lol) So instead I am thinking of doing the ZX9 cam swap along with the valve springs and retainers, I am planning of completely junking the standard airbox and going for K&N pod filters (seriously have you seen the amount of room that bugger takes up) the other reason for this mod is that one day down the line i may want to cut the subframe off and fit a different tail to the bike.

Two options for the exhaust system depending on how crazy I want to get.
Option 1 for simple, looks good and cheap is 4into1 ZX9 downpipes with a ludicrously loud stubby can or, Option 2 Twin underseat exhausts if I can score a too good to miss deal on a SSSA assembly.

Now onto handling, I’m not bothered at this stage to swap the usd forks for newer ones with the radial mounted callipers, the standard ones look ok and a with a progressive spring kit should perform just fine for me I will upgrade the callipers for a set of tokicos or similar, I do love my 6 pots
Two options for the swing arm (if I don’t go SSSA) and this depends on costs and whats around but i’m thinking a ZX636 swingarm and probably a ZX10 shock or similar or the other option is to use the standard SA and add some bracing to it, if i go with this option i’ll still be looking for a stiffer shock.

Various things to do in no particular order
Junk the standard gauges/clocks and fit my garmin gps in it’s place, this is a mod I will be be doing on any fighter I build from this day on, It tells me how fast i’m going and where I am thats all i need, I don’t care about having a rev counter and i’ll rig up a LED unit for oil, fuel, lights, nuetral & turn.
Riding position is good but the bars tent to flex so a set of renthal mx or flat bars are in order and some nice pazzo levers to go on them. Also braided brake lines all round.
The ugly as hell rearset are very high up the list of things to throw in the trash asap and i will either get some sexy ones for another bike and make them fit or I will make some myself
Various blingy parts like engine accents, injector covers, turn signals etc
All the body work repaired and seat cowl fitted then everything prepped and either painted or polished including motor. With the airbox gone I may or may not lose the frame covers at the very least they will be getting modified somehow.
And that’s about all for now, obviously it’s not going to happen for a few months yet as i’m in a different country from the bike but my ebay watch list is getting insane..lol and I can’t wait to get busy.

Any Ideas advice or suggestions gratefully received, I have been building bikes for a long time now but my area of specialisation is oil cooled zookis and this’ll be my first FI bike I fighter so fire away.
 

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Lastly here is a Z750/1000 conversion as featured in this months Streetfighter Magazine (Nov 2010 issue if anyone wants to buy a copy) I was going to fighter my Z1000 anyway but when I saw this one with the airbox and covers gone it inspired me to rethink my ideas, I also really like the paint and thats given me a few ideas too.

This is a full size scan from the original article so sorry for the size but any smaller you couldn't read it.

Perhaps the modds could add it to the download section and then resize these images....thanks






 

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Hell yes!

I love the oil boiler you built (and I swear ive seen it somewhere)

You got some nice plans for the z, and many of those are ones i wish/plan to do.

that green z750... the owner posted it up here months back, its nice to see he got it in the mag.
 

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I'll give you an early welcome to the US and tell you up front that you need to drop that "D"... we say "ZEE", not "ZED"... I'm just yankin' yer chain! I think you will find that just owning a naked bike in the States makes you different... making it a hard-core streetfighter puts you in a whole other class of weird! So Welcome Aboard!

BTW, where in our great nation are you settling?
 

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Cool ideas and welcome! I know what you're saying about winging it but Id really try to set a goal for what you want the bike to be as either performance or looks or a mix of the two and how. First thing Id do with your bike is ditch that wind screen for a stocker. Next is exhaust and the rest is up to personal preference.

But truth be told I don't really like what they did to that Z. It looks like they just hacked it up a bit and did a 636 swap. That exhaust is a real turn off for me and I don't like the tribal graphics one bit but thats just me. I guess just because its different doesn't make it better and I have always said the one thing you can't teach is taste because everyone has one and some suck. Maybe my taste sucks for all I know??

If your looking for power there isn't a huge benefit to be had on the Z. Its well rated but if you want significantly more you may be looking for a new bike or some serious $$ to go forced induction or a new motor that all would need to be full custom and Id LOVE to see it. The best mods I have done are the ultralows, 636 swap and Muzzy exhaust. Personally, I care more about how the bike rides than how it looks parked because I like to ride it more than I like to look at it but then agin I did over 10,000 miles this year here in Minnesota and am waiting for more so that probably drives my decisions. Welcome to the states and post your progress!!
 

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just get one of these nest year! :~:~
 

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+1 that thing is sick! I have ridden every generation of Speed Tripple and they just get better and better. Its really exactly what you want in the end SSSA and all.
 

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Am I the only one who hates the new headlights on the triple? The S3 was always one of my favorite bike but not this new model.
 
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