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post #1 of 25 Old 09-04-2017, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to the forum but I definitely tried the search bar first without success. I just purchased a 2012 ZX6R last month and have started to get my hands dirty with some maintenance. I noticed during my oil change that there was some writing on the block in a paint pen, that has me thinking it could be a junkyard motor. One of the big selling points was the bike only had 5k miles on it so it's wasn't a great feeling seeing those markings. So what should I look for to determine the year of the motor? Will it have to be an 09-12 or could it potentially be an older motor? Thanks!

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So what's the writing on it say??

There should be a serial number on it somewhere. I'd start there and when you find it, look it up online and see what you find.

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I'd start there and when you find it, look it up online and see what you find.

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Those are probably factory markings. However..... just because it was out of a bike that might have been salvaged doesn't mean it's a bad engine. (if it was actually a salvage engine) Just that whatever it was in was toast and they pulled it out to sell what they could.
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OP, I believe the hand written numbers are normal. At least I can say my '09 has them as well...
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The problem is they're written in fucking English not Japanese.

And yeah my '10 had those stupid hieroglyphics as well, dudes were bored in the factory and were waiting for some white dude to think his bike was salvaged!! Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and chill the fuck out.

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My 12 has them on the rear of the block as well and mine had 2 miles when I bought it so I would say it's factory.
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Dude, pull the plugs and turn the engine by hand. If it feels fine, drop the oil and inspect. If the oil looks good, refill and start. If you hear any ticking make sure it's not an air leak from the headers or cct noise.
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First, welcome to the forum.
Second, we are guys who like and expect a hard time since were not a knitting club.
Third, how does it run.
Forth if the last question was answered fine then.

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The paint pen writing is normal. I have it on my brand new 2013 Zx6r and my 2012 Zx10. Factory markings.
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So like do Japanese guys get random English words as Tattoos?

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So like do Japanese guys get random English words as Tattoos?
I'm not sure about this but when you google "english words japanese shirts" you get stuff like this.16 Pieces Of Japanese Clothing With Super Weird English Words
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The problem is they're written in fucking English not Japanese.

And yeah my '10 had those stupid hieroglyphics as well, dudes were bored in the factory and were waiting for some white dude to think his bike was salvaged!! Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and chill the fuck out.
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First, welcome to the forum.
Second, we are guys who like and expect a hard time since were not a knitting club.
Third, how does it run.
Forth if the last question was answered fine then.

Lmao I think I'm going to like it here! You guys seem more fun than the Honda crowd
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Lmao I think I'm going to like it here! You guys seem more fun than the Honda crowd
Yep, you'll fit in just right here

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So what's the writing on it say??

There should be a serial number on it somewhere. I'd start there and when you find it, look it up online and see what you find.
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Those are probably factory markings. However..... just because it was out of a bike that might have been salvaged doesn't mean it's a bad engine. (if it was actually a salvage engine) Just that whatever it was in was toast and they pulled it out to sell what they could.
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OP, I believe the hand written numbers are normal. At least I can say my '09 has them as well...
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My 12 has them on the rear of the block as well and mine had 2 miles when I bought it so I would say it's factory.
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The paint pen writing is normal. I have it on my brand new 2013 Zx6r and my 2012 Zx10. Factory markings.
Hell yeah, that's cool if it's factory. Only time I've seen it before was from trips to the salvage yard, didn't know that was a thing for Kawasaki.
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