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Old 08-13-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Best mods for SV1kS

Just got a '03 SV1kS, partly for the street and partly for the track. It's pretty much stock except for a chopped rear fender (integrated turn/brake signals) and short turn signals on the front, with smoke windscreen. Everything else is untouched.

What are the must-have, must-do mods?
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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Re: Best mods for SV1kS

I would say suspension is first, it makes a big difference in how your bike rides.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:35 AM   #3
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Re: Best mods for SV1kS

K3's have rebuildable front forks, so you can do quite well in revalving them.

sv-portal.com has loads of diy engine tricks that work, like how-to's on airbox porting, drilling STV's and other things. Switching to a K5+ flywheel (stator) drops 3lbs of rotating mass off the engine. Honestly, your biker soul will be happiest with some nice bolt-on mufflers. Less weight over the rear makes the rear shock work a bit better and the sound can be great to fearsome, depending on which brand/model you get.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:54 PM   #4
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K3's have rebuildable front forks, so you can do quite well in revalving them.

sv-portal.com has loads of diy engine tricks that work, like how-to's on airbox porting, drilling STV's and other things. Switching to a K5+ flywheel (stator) drops 3lbs of rotating mass off the engine. Honestly, your biker soul will be happiest with some nice bolt-on mufflers. Less weight over the rear makes the rear shock work a bit better and the sound can be great to fearsome, depending on which brand/model you get.
Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:22 PM   #5
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Re: Best mods for SV1kS

yeah if you're remotely interested in putting it on the track start with the suspension. If nothing else put in springs for your weight up front. Swap out the rear shock for something better: Elka, Penske, etc. if you've got the money. Just about any bolt-ons will make the SV sound right but don't expect any real power gains.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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Re: Best mods for SV1kS

Plenty of grunt already, so definitely look at making it feel better, i.e. suspension.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:44 PM   #7
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K3's have rebuildable front forks, so you can do quite well in revalving them.

sv-portal.com has loads of diy engine tricks that work, like how-to's on airbox porting, drilling STV's and other things. Switching to a K5+ flywheel (stator) drops 3lbs of rotating mass off the engine. Honestly, your biker soul will be happiest with some nice bolt-on mufflers. Less weight over the rear makes the rear shock work a bit better and the sound can be great to fearsome, depending on which brand/model you get.
+1000 on the bolt-ons.

Engine mods get you minimal gain on the SV1K in my opinion. Get a decent pair of bolt-ons. The music will inspire you!

Then upgrade your suspension.

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Old 09-10-2009, 02:51 PM   #8
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I gotta agree with what most people here have been saying, do the suspension first. At the very least, get the forks sprung and oil weight adjusted for your weight and riding preferences/abilities (just take the opportunity to get the forks serviced - new seals, etc). And regarding the shock, if nothing else i'd get a gsxr shock. They're going for $20 on ebay... sometimes $10 lol. If you can get a shock with the right spring rate for you that's great, but i think it's unlikely and i wouldn't cheap out on that. The shock is only a few bucks... just buy the proper spring for your weight after you get it.

Needless to say after you get your suspension, take the time to set the proper sag and make the clicker adjustments as good as they can be. And in general just set the bike up right to fit you before concerning yourself with HP mods. That's my 2 cents
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:54 PM   #9
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...i want to add to my previous post, you might want to look at gearing. It's relatively inexpensive and in my opinion one of the first things i'd look at.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #10
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Re: Best mods for SV1kS

Getting rid of the stock exhaust all together and installing a nice 2-into-1 will let you drop aboot 20 pounds. Bonus is that people who don't know better confusr your bike with a 650 and are astounded at the power.
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