Hey! Thanks for remembering! It turned out that Kawasaki is not manufacturing the 04-05 forks any longer. Partzilla may never had told me, and may have kept my money for a long time. I called and confirmed Kawasaki has them marked as "Unavailable". Another vendor said their records are updated daily, and the part numbers hadn't been cleared out of the database or marked unavailable/discontinued. Never mind though, I couldn't wait forever. I canceled the order and got my refund.
Meanwhile, I talked to Traxxion Dynamics and got them to agree to removing the inner fork tubes from the bent set I sent them. They said this is difficult, but they can do it. Other shops online say they also do it, so I was surprised I had to push a little. Then, I sent them my '02 original forks. They're going to disassemble them and send the silver outer tubes to be gold anodized, 04-05 style. I ordered Tarozzi inner tubes (Italy) from a vendor in the UK, Brook Suspension. They gave me a 21 day lead time. That comes up at the end of next week. They'll be sending them to Traxxion, then Traxxion is going to put it all together.
It sounds like a crazy plan. I've been waiting 11 weeks for wheels from Marchesini, through an Italian vendor, so if Tarozzi comes through on their 21 day lead time, my faith will be renewed in the Italians. I really really want to go on my planned Memorial Day trip to West Virginia. Traxxion says if they get the tubes from Brook around the 2nd week of May, they'll get me my completed forks on time.
So, sorry for the long version, but I am going with Brembo M4's. I actually already bought them, back in March. They've been on my garage floor waiting for the forks saga to wrap up. I got 70mm caliper bolts, and a set of both 8mm and 10mm spacers to try (ebay, from Taiwan). I'll be swapping over my 320mm rotors onto the Marchesini wheels, if I get them. Otherwise, I'm going to ride an orange bike with clashing blue wheels for a few weeks, waiting for Marchesini to decide whether they want to keep my money or not.
Not easy being a ZX12R owner sometimes.