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2006 gen1 z1000
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I have a new to me bike. Just replaced the front fork seals because they were leaking only to find out that they were leaking because there’s a few significant chips on the chrome inner tub that is lacerating the seals. So here’s the question. What are my options for front end swaps, or maybe just upgraded front forks? I’m looking for as little modification as possible, ideally a plug and play kind of deal. TIA for sharing your experience with a z1000 newby
(And if you have an option available for purchase LET ME KNOW!!!)

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  • 03-04 ZX6R
  • 05-06 ZX6R
  • 04-07 ZX10
** ZX10 2008 forks are too long and will not work.**

Triples. You can use the 03-04 ZX6R Triples. The Z stem will press right into the ZX6r Triples.
You can use the ZX6R Stem but it is shorter and you can only get one lock nut to work. <--Not recommended
You can not mix the 636 lower triple clamp with the Z upper. The sweep and width is different.
If you use the 636 triples be prepared to have custom wheel spacers machined as the 636 triples will set the forks wider apart.

- 03-05 ZX6R
Mods Required: The '05 636 shock will NOT directly bolt in. The lower legs on the 636 shock are 2mm closer together, and there is a spacer inside the shock linkage which will not fit into it. Need to have 1mm milled out of the inside of each shock leg to get it to bolt in.

- '05 ZX10R
Mods Required: I've personally got one, just haven't installed it yet. Mods TBD...

- 01-04(?) GSXR600
Mods Required: Minor clearance probs, slightly too short

- 98-02 zx6, zx9, and zx12

Dog Bones
- ZX9 or ZX6
Mods Required: None required


- ZX10R Wave Rotors - fronts DO NOT fit, the mounting holes are offset

- z1000(03-06), ZX12R(05-07), and ZR-7S(03-05) front brake rotors are all the same

-ZX9R (02-04)320mm front rotors
No mods required direct bolt on

- 2001-2003 GSXR 600/750/1000 calipers
Mods Required: May require creative brake line routing or longer hoses

If running the ZX6R Front End
Pay attention to which brake set you get. 03-04 Look the same as 05-06 but if 05-06 brakes are used on the 03-04 Forks you will need to add 10mm Spacers on the caliper bolts. And will not work the other way. the 03-04 brakes will not have enough contact on the 05-06 forks set.


- Rear
2000-2003 ZX9

- Front
1998-2002 ZX6
2000-2002 ZX9


- Cams ('98-'03)
Mods Required: There's a few things required for this. Here's a great thread on it:
How to make 01-03 ZX 9R cams work. - RiderForums.com Community

- Flywheel / Stator / Cover ('98-'03)
Mods Required: Requires lengthening the wires by about 5-6 inches.
**will drop approx. 2 lbs. of rotating mass

-ZX10 (04-05) Throttle Bodies
Mods will include putting your sensors on and flipping them upside down (injectors on bottom)


JT Sprockets
Front JTF1537.16 (Same as '04 ZX10 16 tooth)
Rear JTR1489.42 (Same as '04 ZX10 42 tooth)

Renthal (courtesy of Parts411)
Front 1212-0036-pu $36 or someone mentioned 400-525-16P
Rear R184U-525-42-HA-pu $56

Sprocket Specialists
Front 572S-16
Rear 706-42


2001 ZX9R header
Modification required: Collector hits rear shock, needs to be slash cut and flipped 180 degrees.

Mods Required: Fab new hanger


Pod Filters, K&N Part #RC-1064
Mod Required: Airbox removal


Tail Components

- ZX6R
Mods Required: None


Clutch lever & Perch

- Almost any Kawasaki cable clutch & perch will fit

Rear Sets

I saw someone with a set of modified aftermarket ZX10 rearsets on their bike once. If you know who it was have them post up here on how they did it...
ZX10R rear sets will work. What you will need to do is drill a hole for the lower bolt as the bolt spread is different between the two. And you will loose the passenger pegs and exhaust brackets. You will need to weld ned brackets for the canisters and will need to be creative if you want passenger pegs.


2005-2006 ZX636 gauges are a direct bolt-on. Main difference is that the RPM range will be different and the 636 does NOT have a fuel gauge.
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