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hey guys, I'm gonna be doing some rear suspension work on my bike and as I've looked over all the threads here, I'm still a little confused, so here's the deal. I'm 6'1 and about 230, my wife is 5'6 and about 135. She's going to be moving up to my bike as soon as I get a 1000. The rear shock SUX, as we all know, so I want to replace it before she gets on it, to handle the twisty's better. What year and bike should I get my shock off of?
 

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Okay, so I should probably be looking for a 636 shock if i'm going to do a mod, but what years will/wont fit on a 1st gen SVS?
 

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I've heard that a Hayabusa shock works well for heavier riders or for those that ride two up often. I've got an '05 ZX-10 shock on my '00 and I'm 195 w/gear and my girl is about 140 w/ gear. The shock is very smooth and responsive even w/ both of us on board. If your going to be giving your bike to your girl soon you may want to look at the ZX-10 shock or let her see how the stock one works for her because I believe the stocker was sprung for a 140 pound rider.
 

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Well, the bike has 12k miles on it, and I dont want her running through curves and sliding, so even a small upgrade would be good. once I get mine, we wont be riding 2up on that bike, if we did ride 2up it would be on the 1000. The Busa shock lowers the ride height, from what i've read, and the height is perfect for her and a little short for me, so i didnt want to mess with that. the ZX-10 shock is the ninja, right?
 

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Yep the 04' 05' Ninja ZX-10 and ZX-6 shocks will fit. They will raise the ride height by 1/4 inch or so. The ZX-6 shock is sprung a bit stiffer than the ZX-10 shock so the ZX-10 shock is smoother. The newer (00 and up) GSXR shocks don't work to well on the first gen SV's because they are too short. however the 96'-99' GSXR 600-750 ones do fit but will raise the rear 1/2 inch or more and they are getting a little old now so you don't know what you'll get with one of those.
 

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Stock shock is fine. She is only 135lbs.

Anything else will be way to stiff.
 

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The ZX-6 shock is sprung a bit stiffer than the ZX-10 shock so the ZX-10 shock is smoother.
This isn't completely true.

'03-'06 ZX-6Rs have a 9.7kg/mm rear spring, where '04-'05 ZX-10Rs have a 10kg/mm rear spring.

'06-'07 ZX10Rs are sprung for a lighter rider at 8.3kg/mm. I think it'll be your best bet. Be sure and get the lower mounting bolt and nut.
 

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I dont know why you guys are even talking about zx spring rates.

If he puts a ZX shock on it, the stock SV spring should go on the SV shock.
 

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I weigh 200# geared up and ride with my wife every so often. The 06 ZX10 shock has been pretty darn good but I don't push it riding 2 up. Just a casual cruise.

Another thought would be you can get the ZX10 and install it and once you get your new bike put the stocker back on for the wife. Then resell the ZX on here and get some of your money back.
 

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Another thought would be you can get the ZX10 and install it and once you get your new bike put the stocker back on for the wife. Then resell the ZX on here and get some of your money back.
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I'm a newb and I've been checking the various threads on using a 636 shock. I'm thinking this is the way I want to go.

So, the battery box has to be trimmed or moved down with spacers to allow clearance for the reservoir. I'm assuming that moving it down wouldn't work with my hotbodies undertail since it fits snug against the battery box.

So, if I have to trim it, what are the repercussions? Does the battery have to be relocated? What is the generally preferred location to relocate to? Under the rear seat?
 

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I'm a newb and I've been checking the various threads on using a 636 shock. I'm thinking this is the way I want to go.

So, the battery box has to be trimmed or moved down with spacers to allow clearance for the reservoir. I'm assuming that moving it down wouldn't work with my hotbodies undertail since it fits snug against the battery box.

So, if I have to trim it, what are the repercussions? Does the battery have to be relocated? What is the generally preferred location to relocate to? Under the rear seat?
You can use the spacer method if you don't mind trimming the bottom 4 or so inches off of your undertail. Thats what I did and it worked fine. I just cut off the area of the undertail that rests against the battey box and smoothed it out with a dremel. I think it looks pretty good.
 

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You can use the spacer method if you don't mind trimming the bottom 4 or so inches off of your undertail. Thats what I did and it worked fine. I just cut off the area of the undertail that rests against the battey box and smoothed it out with a dremel. I think it looks pretty good.
Got any pictures?
 

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Got any pictures?
Here ya go, these are the only ones I have on photobucket right now. I can take better ones later if you like just PM me. The lighting sucks in these photo's but the undertail is still sitting snug up inside the tail section. You can see where I made the cut as the bottom 1/4 of my progrip sticker got sheared off.



 

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Okay, so either a 636 or a zx-10 shock... are those both off kawasaki? i know the zx is, but is the 636 a kawasaki too? i'm not gonna drop a ton of money into the bike since when she's comfortable on it, we're gonna buy her the bike she really wants, but I do want it safe in slick weather, through turns, etc. Thanks for the help guys!!!
 

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I am a little over 200 pounds (only a little, I swear!!) without my gear on, and I rode on the stocker for almost two years without any problems that I would call unsafe. I put a 636 shock in, but not because I felt I needed it, I just wanted it. It was a fun project and the bike feels nice with it, but it isn't something I would consider a must.

Everyone seems to think the stock shock is dangerous for some reason, but I really don't think so. I have said it before and I will say it again, the stocker leaves something to be desired if you are really performance minded, but it isn't going to kill you.

Now, don't let this stop you. The stocker might be fine, but turning wrenches is fun, and this is a cheapo mod that can have fun results, so if you or your girl want it go nuts. I just wanted to point out that this is not a need to have so much as a want to have.
 
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