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So my motorcycle is completely ripped apart. A buddy of mine is painting the fairings and wheels for me. What are a few things I should do (or can do) while it's in this form? I don't need my oil changed, I don't need my coolant flushed and changed (both of which I did less than 3k miles ago). I changed my spark plugs and brake pads after doing my coolant and oil. My air filter is cleaned. I just need something to do while I wait.
 

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I'd check the valves, and use this opportunity to clean up and cable tie any loose wires from rushed mods if there is any
 

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I was just going to say the same thing, check the valves.

You could also fix up the radiator. Straighten out any bent fins or weld any cracks. Be careful though, this could be more trouble doing than not doing if you are clumsy.

Change Fork Oil if it hasn't in a while (should be done every 2 years and even smaller intervals for aggressive riders). With everything torn off the bike, you'll probably get a discount if you bring JUST the forks to a mechanic or obviously you can learn to do them yourselves. All you have to do is loosen the triple to get the forks out. Perfect time to do this service. Make sure you measure how much fork tube is exposed above the top triple.

Fuel filter replacement?

I would do a general once over. Tighten all bolts. Check hoses for cracks and replace if needed. Even wipe them down with some sealant (???) to protect them from further corrosion. Check wires for loose or exposed connections and fix or electric tape as needed. Certain parts of the frame and other areas where parts move can be lubricated or greased (check maintenance section of owner or service manual for more details)

Would also be a perfect time for a brake upgrade. Maybe go to steel braided brake lines.
 

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Are we talking mods or maintenance?

Just off the top of my head maintenance wise:
1) Maybe check torque on all bolts especially frame bolts.
2) How about that fuel pump and filter? Any junk need cleaning out?
3) How about the forks? Maybe change the damper oil?
4) Take a look at all of the wiring. Any insulation wearing off? Check for loose connectors. clean and re-seat all the connectors?
5) How about a good cleaning?. Make everything look like brand new.:naughty:

Just some thoughts. It looks awesome and mean that way.

Edit: How does the chain look? New sprockets maybe?
 

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Thank guys, I really like the input. I will definitely just connections and clean up the wiring and stuff. I have a fairing bolt kit in my garage just wants to be used, maybe ill replace some bad looking nuts and bolt too, why not.
 

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The Evaporative Emission Control System, can I remove that? Do I really need it? I do not live in CA, nor will I ever.
 

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Thank guys, I really like the input. I will definitely just connections and clean up the wiring and stuff. I have a fairing bolt kit in my garage just wants to be used, maybe ill replace some bad looking nuts and bolt too, why not.
No prob! Re-read my post, I just edited it and added some stuff after you probably read it already. :)
 

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The Evaporative Emission Control System, can I remove that? Do I really need it? I do not live in CA, nor will I ever.
Short answer is yes, you can remove it.

If you unplug the wire, it may cause a check engine light. You might have to do a jumper mod on that wire to trick the ECU into thinking its connected.

You also have to plug the vacuum hose. There's two hoses that go into the EVAP canister. One of them vacuums air. If you remove the EVAP can and do not plug this hose, it will start sucking dirt into your fuel system. This hose is easy to identify. When you disconnect them and fire the bike up, it'll be sucking air.

The second hose is up to you. When I go to the track, I take the evap can off and seal both hoses, but notice more pressure builds up in gas tank. Which may cause negative pressure and may actually start to push fuel out of your overflow (happened on my Triumph). To seal the hoses, I put a screw in them and blue tape them but this is because its only temporary. If it were permanent, I would use the screw and electric tape and would monitor excess fuel pushing out of the overflow hose that runs to the bottom of the bike.

Or just leave the second hose unplugged. In theory, only fumes should be coming from that hose.
 

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Besides brake upgrade I'd look around for a 09-12 zx6r rear shock.

The 05/06 spring coil was the heaviest they ever put on. Leaves little room for adjustability and makes for a bumpy ride while in turns the rear bounces around because it got so little damping action due to the heavy preload spring.

How about chain and sprockets? I only change mine every 2yrs or 10k miles, which ever comes first.

I also did a DIY retrofit gelpad in my seat to ease rides beyond 1hr without stopping. Luimoto gold gel or whoever carries something equivalent. That should take you 3hrs if you wanna do it right.

I'm just finishing off my retrofit HID headlight projector kit with halo rings and backlit aka demon eyes. Stock halogen headlights are crap even with better halogen bulbs.

How about tires?

What about valve clearance adjustment? I'd only do it at 13k miles if it either had been track ridden half of its milage. Otherwise just wait until 20k but would be optimal to do it with everything off right now.
 

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Besides brake upgrade I'd look around for a 09-12 zx6r rear shock.

The 05/06 spring coil was the heaviest they ever put on. Leaves little room for adjustability and makes for a bumpy ride while in turns the rear bounces around because it got so little damping action due to the heavy preload spring.

How about chain and sprockets? I only change mine every 2yrs or 10k miles, which ever comes first.

I also did a DIY retrofit gelpad in my seat to ease rides beyond 1hr without stopping. Luimoto gold gel or whoever carries something equivalent. That should take you 3hrs if you wanna do it right.

I'm just finishing off my retrofit HID headlight projector kit with halo rings and backlit aka demon eyes. Stock halogen headlights are crap even with better halogen bulbs.

How about tires?

What about valve clearance adjustment? I'd only do it at 13k miles if it either had been track ridden half of its milage. Otherwise just wait until 20k but would be optimal to do it with everything off right now.
Sprockets and chain was done about 4k miles ago, tires have less than 3k miles on them, no track time on this bike (so I think I have some time left before I need a valve adjustment). I just had my suspension set up for me about 500 miles ago ( I know, I'm a little late), but I have not felt anything bad yet, it really feels planted (to me, then again, I have no real experience). This motorcycle has about 18k miles on it, I will get my valve checked by someone way smarter than I am soon, probably around 20k.
 
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