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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    I just ordered a set of 0.95kg/mm Sonic Springs. I will report my impressions after install

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    I have a quick question about the R6 forks. I know to install them on the FZ we need two 0.090" axle shims to use with the stock bushings. But is it possible to just get the R6 bushings and not have to use the shims? or are the R6 bushings still going to need a shim?

    I'm rounding up all my parts to do this mod, got a pair of 2008 R6S forks, the shims and spacers from McMaster and now I'm on ron ayers looking for an axle and end bolt. Which is why I thought of this now.

    Thanks for your help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcfz6 View Post
    I have a quick question about the R6 forks. I know to install them on the FZ we need two 0.090" axle shims to use with the stock bushings. But is it possible to just get the R6 bushings and not have to use the shims? or are the R6 bushings still going to need a shim?

    I'm rounding up all my parts to do this mod, got a pair of 2008 R6S forks, the shims and spacers from McMaster and now I'm on ron ayers looking for an axle and end bolt. Which is why I thought of this now.

    Thanks for your help guys.
    I don't believe you can just get the R6S bushings and forgo the shims. I've got '07 R6S forks on my '06, so it's been a while since I thought about this mod...lol. IIRC, the reason you need the shims/spacers is because the FZ6 upper and lower triple sits slightly wider than the R6S upper and lower triples. So you need the shims to make up the extra room.

    Of course, I could just be pulling that out of my arse...lol. But I think that's correct.

    And don't forget the toughest thing to find for this mod now...the fender adapters. Once you do the R6S forks, your stock FZ6 fender won't line up with the mounting points on the R6S forks, so you'll need to fender adapters to make it work. Or zip ties...some people have actually done that.

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Ahh ok, that's what I was thinking as well just wanted to throw it out there and see if anybody had experience. As far as the fender adapters I got some aluminum flat stock that I'm going to make some bracket out of. Maybe won't be as sweet looking as the machined versions but it'll work pretty well.

    Thanks

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Quote Originally Posted by jcfz6 View Post
    Ahh ok, that's what I was thinking as well just wanted to throw it out there and see if anybody had experience. As far as the fender adapters I got some aluminum flat stock that I'm going to make some bracket out of. Maybe won't be as sweet looking as the machined versions but it'll work pretty well.

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    Believe me, that wasn't a bad question at all. I wish it was as easy as getting the bushings for the R6S! (Not that the spacers are a problem).

    And the flat stock will work just fine. You can't see the fender adapters anyway once they're installed with the fender, so they can look awful and work just fine.
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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Yes you still neet to shim the wheel spacers to make up the difference in the spread of the FZ6 tripples versus the R6. But DON'T FORGET YOU NEED TO SHIM THE CALIPERS TOO OR THEY WONT BE CENTERED WITH THE ROTORS.

    .090 washers (shims) placed between the caliper and the fork mounts.

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Great point, FAZR6, and one that I forgot (although I've got the caliper shims on mine, obviously). Those are the ones that give me the most trouble when I've taken the wheel off, too! Trying to hold them and slide the bolt through, they always want to roll off my finger and fall out...lol.
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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Quote Originally Posted by FAZR6 View Post
    Yes you still neet to shim the wheel spacers to make up the difference in the spread of the FZ6 tripples versus the R6. But DON'T FORGET YOU NEED TO SHIM THE CALIPERS TOO OR THEY WONT BE CENTERED WITH THE ROTORS.

    .090 washers (shims) placed between the caliper and the fork mounts.
    Yup, I got the shims for the axle, 0.090" and according to the drawings posted on SBN I got some shims for the calipers at 2.5mm or ~0.100" so I should be good to go there as well. Thanks for all the good info guys

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    Has anyone thought of buying a set of R6S forks and swapping the internals and top adjusters to the FZ6 fork eliminating alot of shimming and time consuming work??? Just a thought

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    Re: Everything about fork mods

    I'm not sure it would even work but even if it did, isnt that sort of creating more work so save less work? Rebuilding forks is very specialized and not something that I have ever even wanted to attempt. You still have to buy the parts as well as special tools if you don't have them or pay a mechanic to do the work. If that were the route to take then I seen no reason to not just buy cartridge emulators from racetech or whomever that are made for the forks they are intended.

    Forks are pretty specialised so I would be shocked if internals from one type of fork would work in a totally different style of fork. Maybe I'm totally wrong.

 

 
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