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post #11 of 327 (permalink) Old 09-30-2007, 07:05 AM
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Not so fast there babaloui !

I bought a zx-7 shock and tried it on the 01 Legend last night and no-go. The top mount is too narrow for the Kaw shock and the bottom bracket of the Kaw shock is wider as well. Just a heads up for the rest of you.
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I bought a zx-7 shock and tried it on the 01 Legend last night and no-go. The top mount is too narrow for the Kaw shock and the bottom bracket of the Kaw shock is wider as well. Just a heads up for the rest of you.
What year? We should try to pin down what years will or will not work.
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Supposed to have been off of a 94 since I looked up the part number and it was different the following year. Yours may have worked becauise you had some linkage with it and I just had the shock itself.
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I did not use any of the Kawasaki linkage that came with my e-bayed shock. The 1994 ZX7 shock was a perfect fit for my 1996 Adventurer. I have had it in and out twice now (I installed a new seal and wiper kit from Race-Tech, modded the piston, and added new fluid). It is in there to stay now as the ride is *much* better.
I did not have width problems at either end, in fact, I could not imagine finding one that is any closer in dimensions. Perhaps the legend has different mounting, or your new (used) shock may have been butchered by the previous owner?
I really do not know what to tell you.
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I bought a zx-7 shock and tried it on the 01 Legend last night and no-go. The top mount is too narrow for the Kaw shock and the bottom bracket of the Kaw shock is wider as well. Just a heads up for the rest of you.

By how much would you say the top mount is too narrow, and how much too wide is the clevis??
Perhaps your top mount got pinched somewhere along the line. Mine dropped right in with .010" or so clearance, just like the stocker.
While I had both shocks in my hands, I did an eyeball comparison of the clevis widths of the stock shock and the Kaw shock and there was no perceptable difference.
Even with the problems you stated, they would seem very easy to rectify if they are not *way* off.
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My bet is one or the other of you was mislead on what you bought, and the shock you have is not for a ZX7

If I were doing this mod I'd hang out for a remote reservoir ZX7R one - there should not be any extra problems fitting it as the TBS used a similar remote reservoir shock - in fact you could even use the TBS mounting bracket for the reservoir.

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Just remember; an awful lot of the free advice you will get on forums is worth exactly what you paid for it. There will always be somebody trying to convince you to do something really stupid, just because they did it or want to do it.
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question , after reading this thread , i snagged a 91-92 zx7 shock off ebay . will it fit also ? it was only $12.50 so no biggie if it doesn't .

wouldn't have bothered , but i was unemployed at the time . if it fits it can't be any worse than the stock one which is totally shot .

If you love it , let it go . If it comes back to you , you've highsided ;-)
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FWIW- I checked mine against the drawings on bikebandit.com for a 1994 ZX7 and it looks like what I purchased. The drawings do not have dimensions, but many of the unique features of the shock(nitrogen shraeder valve location, spring prload collars, rebound adjustment knob) can be seen in the drawing.
The drawings for the ZX7R show a completely different unit.
Anyway, mine fit and works excellent and I am fairly certain it is what it was advertised to be.
My guess is that there are probably at least a couple of others that will fit. The bikebandit part #'s for the 1994 (and probably other years) ZX6 is very close to that of the ZX7, possibly suggesting that the only difference between the two is a slightly softer spring rate on the ZX6 unit (as they are sold as a spring/damper assy). It would probably still be fine for "Classic" duty.
I purchased mine because the seller had laid a ruler next to the eyes and I knew that the length was what I was looking for. I was fully prepared to modify the tope eye or clevis, but, to my surprise, none was needed.
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The top eye is probably an eighth of an inch too wide to go into the mount. Bottom is no biggie as a couple of spacers could have been used. It's no big deal as it was a $20 try to save the price of a hagon. But I do believe we're on the right track here trying to find something better off of another bike. It may also be that between the Adventurer and the later Legend the dimension changed on the mount.
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Maybe you can take care of that 1/8" with a good file?

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