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This is a discussion on ZX10 rear shock within the Yamaha FZ-09 Guides and How-To's forums, part of the Yamaha FZ-09 Garage category; I have been seeing a few members have installed ZX10 rear shocks on their 9ers. Looking for any info on install tips and tricks, along ...

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    ZX10 rear shock

    I have been seeing a few members have installed ZX10 rear shocks on their 9ers. Looking for any info on install tips and tricks, along with settings. Feel free to chime in on your experiences and what modifications were necessary to install. Thanks in advance.
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    I have a Marthy's built thread with some pictures. If fit right in, just need to drill one end of the shock bigger for the fz09 hardware and little bit of trimming on the under tray plastic.

    When I sit on the bike it drop 28mm. Start with that. I will post my setting later on just to give you an idea where to start.

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    28mm of loaded sag (bike, rider, and gear) is a little tight in my opinion, unless you are riding it quite hard/track days/etc. I'm not saying that won't work, but the ride will be a bit on the harsh side. Ride it like that and see if you think you may need to soften up the sag setting a bit. YMMV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by triplethreat View Post
    28mm of loaded sag (bike, rider, and gear) is a little tight in my opinion, unless you are riding it quite hard/track days/etc. I'm not saying that won't work, but the ride will be a bit on the harsh side. Ride it like that and see if you think you may need to soften up the sag setting a bit. YMMV!
    That's not total sag... just +28mm when I sit on it. The shock is 6mm longet or so. To keep the same ride height I end up with more free sag. Feel good but Im sure somone can optimizes the setting better than I do. Riding in Florida kind of sucks!

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    Thanks Marthy, I have checked out your build and am just hoping that there may be some more photos of the process. It seems I may need to acquire a shock to size it up and visualize better on installing it. As far as adjustments go, are they clearly marked on the shock?
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    I have my sag at 30mm. 1 turn out on compression low. 2 out on compression h. 1 out on rebound. The front now feels like it needs help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andmoon View Post
    I have my sag at 30mm. 1 turn out on compression low. 2 out on compression h. 1 out on rebound. The front now feels like it needs help.
    How do you like it compare to the OEM?

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    All I was looking for was for the bike to not chop sideways on bumpy turns. I got that and a smoother ride. I hear the spring is soft but I have yet to bottom out the shock. Even on bumpy roads. For under $50 I'm happy as a pig in poo.[/I]
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    How do you like it compare to the OEM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmoon View Post
    I have my sag at 30mm. 1 turn out on compression low. 2 out on compression h. 1 out on rebound. The front now feels like it needs help.
    Still waiting for my ZX10 shock, will start with Marthy's settings when I get it. If you wouldn't mind letting us know your weight in riding gear. And are you an aggressive "twisty" rider like me, or a commuter, or what? The ZX10 shock, thanks to Marthy, is going to be a popular mod. The more info on set-up we have, the better it will be.

    It's too bad Marthy lives in Florida, and only gets to ride in a straight line (ha ha). Go hit some freeway on-ramps hard, Marthy. I don't know about Florida, but in the Seattle area, we got some kick-ass on-ramps that come around almost full circle. The only problem is getting a big enough gap (with our traffic) to really enjoy them.
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    On 2 wheels I don't trust the pavement cleanliness of ramps etc. I guess in the city you make do with what you have.

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