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I've checked over lots of forums and have found a lot of useful information but I just wanted to check a couple of things. I ride an 05 sv650s and am looking to do some supsension upgrades. I would ultimately like to swap the forks and get a brand new shock but I'm still in college with a lmited budget so i'm looking at changing the fork oil, adding some new springs and racetech emulators. As for the shock I've been reading a lot in the forums about swapping with kawasaki zx-10, zx-14, gsxr600 shocks, etc. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what the best and easiest shock swap choice would be for my 05 sv. I weigh around 175-180lb depending on the day haha, and I do some aggressive street riding and am planning on doing a track day here and there. Any info you guys have would be great, thanks!
 

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2006-2007 ZX-10R shock. Fits with no modification, available in gold/red or black/silver. Be sure and get the lower mounting bolt and nut, either with the shock or from the dealer.
 

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Late-model ZX10 shock.

My advice is skip the emulators if you're on a tight budget. They will get you maybe a 10% improvement in feel over just a sping/oil change, but more than double your cost. If you're a novice, it won't matter much, and the same money will pay for an extra track day. You can always add them, later.
 

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I got a GSXR 1000 shock. I weigh about the same as you. I find it a touch too stiff, although I do have sag set correctly, I weigh 175 with all my gear on. The 600/750 gsxr shock might be a better fit. Racetech springs and fork oil up front will be a huge improvement over stock setup, and it will only cost $110(ish) bucks. You could do both the front and rear suspension for $150-ish and probably be totally happy with the bike for 90% of street riding. Then when you get more $$$ throw in some emulators and the shocks will be good for 100% of any kind riding (read track).
 

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that sounds pretty good, how hard was it to install the gixxer shock? I read a thread on installing a ZX shock and it seemed pretty straight forward without any problems except for having to remove a plastic piece thats part of the tool box and changing the bottom bolt from 50mm to 55mm.
 

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GSXR shock is shorter; ZX10 shock is exact length as stock. Better to go ZX, IMO.
 

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Later models, IIRC, '06 forward, have the piggyback reservior lower. Earlier models, a bit of trimming of battery box bottom and maybe relocating fuse tray required.
 

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oh alright, so say an 06 zx10 shock would work perfect? any trimming that i can avoid would be fine by me.
 

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There was an 06 ZX10 shock on ebay yesterday and the bid at the time was $60 or $65. I have an 06 ZX10 for my SV but I haven't installed it yet; want to do both ends at the same time.
 

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yeah i'm looking at ebay right now theres 5 or 6, although they all say 2005, the one that says 2006 doesn't look like the ones i see in the forums http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_Motorcycle-Parts-Accessories__06-07-KAWASAKI-NINJA-ZX10-ZX-10-ZX10R-REAR-SHOCK_W0QQitemZ200307247215QQadiZ2863QQadnZMotorcycleQ20PartsQ20Q26Q20AccessoriesQQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item200307247215&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72:543|65:12|39:1|240:1318. The ones that are listed as 2004-2005 shocks look like the ones I saw in this forum http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=80387&highlight=rear+shock. Will the 2005 shocks sitll fit alright?
 
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