Spent some money on the old girl

Gary in NJ

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I got some very good advice in my thread titled “New Bike Time?”, especially from Bigborer. Rather then spend $10k on a new bike I’ve decided to spend a fraction of that on complementary upgrades to the FZ6.

Today I ordered an Öhlins STX46 (model YA403) shock. The shock has adjustable rebound damping and the spring is infinitely adjustable for preload. The shock is shipped with a spring rate suitable for the rider (in my case 175 pounds). I’m not happy about it being an Emulsion Shock, but my bike is ridden 100% on the street and I don’t think cavitation is an issue for street bikes. This shock should complement my forks with GVE’s quite well.

I also ordered a fresh set of Dunlop Q3+ tires. I was torn between a sport bike tire and a sport touring tire such as the T31 or Road 5’s. I currently have Dunlop Qualifiers on my FZ and I really like them. They warm up within a mile and give great feedback. In the end I decided I wanted great grip over great wear. the newer Q’s are supposed to wear long and have linear turn in.

I’ll post photos as I get stuff.
 

trepetti

It's all good!
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I am a lot further from replacing my FZ then you were, but the few times I entertained the idea, I could not think about something I would spend a lot of money on that would be that much better than what I expected from the FZ.

I am so tempted to pull the trigger on the Ohlins, but my REAL interest is in the Q3+'s. I have been using Metzler M7 RRs and have been pretty happy with the grip level and have been getting just shy of 7,000 miles on a set.

So a question to those who have some history with the Dunlops.... How many miles do you get from the Q3+? I realize that mileage will vary, but I'd like to see what the spread is.

Thanks
 

Gary in NJ

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I got an email from solomotoparts that my shock is on back order and delayed 2-3 weeks. I t was supposed to arrive today. No problem, my bike isn't gonna see the streets for another 8-10 weeks. I can wait. In the mean time I need to make a small bracket to keep my instrument cluster from vibrating. I might re-wire the headlights too. Right now I'm running two H4 LED's that are always on high-beem. I might see about replacing one with a H7. I'm gonna have to take it all apart to figure it out because I can't recall if or how I hacked the OEM light harness.
 

Paul Myrus

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Hey Gary, well done sticking with the fizzy, the only bike I'd replace my FZ6 07 is a street triple, I was test driving the new models last summer but was a bit squeezed onto the bike, I'm 6.2ft I was surprised how small the bike was, My FZ6 fits like a glove , your getting Ohlins rear excellent, what have you got on the front Gary? Aftermarket springs or R6 change over forks?
 

Gary in NJ

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Paul, the forks have RaceTech Gold Valve Emulators and 0.85kg/mm springs. I’m using 15wt fork oil with an air gap of 130mm. I also installed adjustable fork caps for preload adjustment. I’m very pleased with the performance of the forks.
 
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