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post #1 of 7 Old 10-26-2014, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Converting 1991 ZX7R into a track bike

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum & thought I'd post some pictures of my recent purchase, a 1991 ZX7R for $700.
It (under choke) starts 1st time but has a slight backfire until warmed up, looks like there is a small oil leak from around the front sprocket area, throttle is a bit sticky (does not snap back) & for some reason the cooling fan is on a separate switch on the RH side of the fairing rather than coming on automatically (see all the attached pictures) but it does have braided hoses & a full, clean Ontario ownership.
Plan is to turn this into a dedicated track bike over the winter, nothing special, just a basic track bike I can have some fun on.
I plan on keeping the stock engine but having the carbs professionally cleaned.
1. What suspension work would you recommend I carry out based on the fact I am 6'1 tall & weigh in at 230lbs?
2. Where is the best place to get track bodywork - Aerotech???? - any other companies out there for this age of bike????

This is my 1st time converting a bike to track (& I'm definitely not an experienced motorcycle mechanic) so I'm looking for any advice that you can give.

Stay safe everyone, Smudger
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-26-2014, 07:13 AM
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Get some ebc race break pads...

Get a full exhaust....

Def springs in front, and nice rearshock...

Drop a tooth on your front spocket...

Go on a diet! Lol so much cheaper (and healthier) than lightening your bike!

Enjoy
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Thanks for the tips '99, rear shock was definitely in the plan but don't fancy the expense of an Ohlins.

As for the diet ha ha, I'll be a lean mean fighting machine by April 2015.....maybe lol

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If you're keeping the stock front forks I'd suggest both Racetech Gold Valves and Racetech fork springs matched to your weight and intended use. Ditch the stock bodywork. Get a good aftermarket shock (or newer ZX7R shock) and aftermarket brake lines as well.

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Oh and wd40 or other lube will fix your throttle

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Thanks for the tips '99, rear shock was definitely in the plan but don't fancy the expense of an Ohlins.

As for the diet ha ha, I'll be a lean mean fighting machine by April 2015.....maybe lol

Smudger
Iv had Ohlins and Nitron,for the level of riding I do Nitron are a qaulity cheaper alternative,and probably just as good.Give them your weight and they will spring it to suit.They are usually half price of Ohlins and the build qaulity as good.
K Tech do a revalve and springs for front forks,also at a good price.
That will get your suzzies sorted.
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Thanks guys, much appreciated.
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