Post Master General
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Frozen hell of the north
I Ride: 95,000+ mile '07 ZZR600, 2014 Ninja 300, 89 FZR400 racebike, 06 ZX6R track only, 97 ZX6R F model
All the aftermarket cartridges are far superior in every way to the oem generic trash thrown at bikes.
quality control is far better, tolerances are way tighter and the polish and assembly is superior.
comparing an oem cartridge to an aftermarket one is like comparing what your suspension works like at all the max settings to what it works like on all the minimum settings........... it is night and day difference!
Can you make oe parts work better, yes....
Can you ever make them work as good as aftermarket, not for the same amount of money you can't
AK20's for the win!
cheaper than the others, more readily available, easier to service and clean (DDS requires some disassembly just to bleed, may be a bike specific issue?) and I have had the same set of AK20's in my bike for damn near 75,000 miles and they still work fantastic! (I change the oil on them annually is it)
I have seen locals here drop 2-3 seconds off lap times with suspension upgrades....... So saying it doesn't or won't improve lap times is really a vague general statement (and I am sure for some people it doesn't...... just like some people don't get faster or better form attending trackdays and getting "instruction")
I liken the correct suspension and function of high quality products as to aiding in your confidence and making your tires work less hard so you then can push them further to improve times.......
woohoo we are having fun now
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