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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Zx6r shock swap

Hi all,
I've got a 99 Legend with a 98 t-bird subframe and was thinking about doing the zx shock swap. I was wondering if someone could tell me which year I would need and what kind of improvements to expect from this mod.
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This thread covers a bunch of the options:

http://www.triumphrat.net/hinckley-c...n-upgrade.html

FCR-39 Carbs, Sprint Cams, British Customs Predator Exhaust, K&N Pod Filters, Nology Coils, Ignitech Ignitor, Progressive Fork Springs, ZX-6R shock, and one bad ass Horn Cover!
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Thanks for the link BigAl

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Hey Random, can you give some insight into the difference between the Legend and the TBS subframes? I've read a lot of conflicting info but I guess they're definitely not the same?

I'm looking for a TBS-like stance on my legend too; I have dogbones on the way but I guess I'll need a subframe too?
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Wish I could help you but my subframe was swapped before I bought the bike. The only reason I knew it had been done is that Jaguartvr pointed it out to me when I posted some pics to sell my stock turn signals.
You can see what it looks like with one of his fender room kits in my let the winter modding begin thread.

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cool, thanks. I'll keep researching and see what I can find.

The problem with the ZX6r shock seems to be that the battery box is in the way of the top-mounted reservoir on the shock. I think Mike said that the box can be mounted sideways to clear it, but looking at mine I'm not sure how that would work.

Since you have the solo seat and cowl another option might be to get one of the new small Lithium batteries and mount it up under the cowl. You'd have to extend the leads obviously, but that could be a good option.
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The battery box can be removed, turned 90 degrees and remounted under the right battery cover.

It actually makes it much easier to access the battery.

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The battery box can be removed, turned 90 degrees and remounted under the right battery cover.

It actually makes it much easier to access the battery.
Do you happen to have a pic of this setup? I looked at mine again but can't visualize how this works.
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Do you happen to have a pic of this setup? I looked at mine again but can't visualize how this works.
I haven't seen a pic of Al's set up, but this is how I did it:

http://www.triumphrat.net/hinckley-c...ml#post1945775

I think the ZX6R options are really worth making the space for because the spring rates (& matching damping) are very close to an 'ideal' rate that all the suspension engineers use.

IME the 90 deg battery relocate provides room for the 00-02 6R (& also 9R) Kayaba units. By rotating slightly again on the single mount bolt I used, the later 6R (07/08) Showa with high & low speed compression adjustment can be used (has rebound as well). (Couple of pages on in the above linked thread, you'll see my 08 6R fitted.)

It's also some advantage to use later model shocks as they've generally seen less use. In hindsight the spring on my 01 6R shock was a bit tired when I got it. (Probably seen a few miles on Irish roads lol.)


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Thanks, that's really helpful. I'm going to give it a shot tonight.

I'm stoked at how cheap the late model ZX6r shocks are going for. It looks like a very nice '08-'-10 one can be had for <$50.
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