ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

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ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby billwest » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:58 pm

I have always found braking on this bike to be underwhelming and less than satisfactory, even with braided lines, new pads, etc.

Details can be found here (saves writing it up twice).
Fitting took around 20 mins.
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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby billwest » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:57 pm

Filled.
Bled.
Ridden.
Bedded.
Tested.

Faark, what a difference. Night and Day. Chalk and Cheese. The duck's nuts. The ant's pants.

1 finger stopping with these calipers.

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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby Kwakked Up » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:07 pm

Good work Bill, gotta be happy with that outcome.

I did the upgrade on my zx10 which made a huge difference too, fortunately a direct fit.

Where did you source the adaptors for your swap over?
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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby billwest » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:54 pm

From here.

The guy made the adapters for the ZRX, and a few years ago I asked him if he made them for the ZZR. At the time he didn't.
One of my offspring found the link not long ago.
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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby bonester » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:37 am

Wonder why Kawasaki never fitted better callipers in the first place? Aren't ZRX and ZZR forks pretty similar if not the same? IIRC last ZZR ('05?) had all the adjustment of the ZRX.
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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby billwest » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:41 am

I guess the Nissins came out after the bikes were built.

The ZRX and ZZR forks have the same diameter, but they are not the same.
Have a look at the ZRX pic and the ZZR pic form the link above. Where the calipers attach, is different.
Also, my ZRX ('01) forks have more adjustable bits than my ZZR ('02) ones.
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Re: ZZR1200 brakes upgrade

Postby Kwakked Up » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:13 pm

Interesting, was going to do a fork swap on my zx7 to get better braking. Might check these adapters out.

Earlier bikes were mounted differently, the Nissins are a radial mount brake caliper. Of course the Tokicos on the early zx10s were a radial caliper too but had they had a terrible feel. Swap to Nissins sorted that out.
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