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I wouldn't say that. I probably went overboard on the bike but I did set up the bike to my liking. There are guys running almost stock bikes who are very very fast.

IMO the best mods have been rearsets, clip ons, suspension front and rear, tires, ss lines, upgraded master cylinder and pads. Bodywork is nice too since I am not afraid of wrecking stock plastics.
Thanks Howlin. How much did the suspension upgrade run you?
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Thanks Howlin. How much did the suspension upgrade run you?
Rear: Ohlins - for best price ask Mike from @ridersdiscount

Forks: cartridge retrofit was about $400.

You should try correct springs/emulators and the gsxr shock. Many people have success with that set up.
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No idea how I was missing this thread before... but glad I found it now. Awesome read @howlinhoss. I did my first track day a couple of weeks ago and have been constantly thinking of a few mods I want to do, got a lot of ideas from here, I did just get a set of front ss lines and new pads

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Rear: Ohlins - for best price ask Mike from @ridersdiscount

Forks: cartridge retrofit was about $400.

You should try correct springs/emulators and the gsxr shock. Many people have success with that set up.
Hey man, hate to be a pain, but could you give me some more details on what the cartridge retofit entails? Is there a specific vendor you used?
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Hey man, hate to be a pain, but could you give me some more details on what the cartridge retofit entails? Is there a specific vendor you used?
No worries we are all here to help (and troll) each other. I used a local suspension guy named Matt Patton in the Washington DC area. I dropped off my forks and he retrofitted older gsxr cartridges into our conventional forks. His kit has preload, rebound and compression however compression is accessed in the axle well of the forks. He actually does kits for the fz07, r3, SV650 and more. Very affordable and functional option. If you google his user name Pattonme and retrofit you will find alot of info. Let me know if your interested I can put you guys in touch.

Another option for retrofits is Zoran at TWF Racing. His kit is more expensive but he goes with separate compression and rebound legs.

If you do not want to go the retrofit route buy a Andreani, Ohlins, KTech or Matris kit and install yourself or have a suspension shop do it. If you go with Ohlins or Andreani I recommend David from FastBikeIndustries. He can install and source the kit as he is a US distributor.

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That's all I use and the initial bite and feel is good, not as great as on my bigger bikes but it's more than adequate. I don't feel like I'm braking as hard as I could and the brakes are definitely good enough to lift the rear. It has adequate feel when trail braking and I don't experience any brake fade (but my local track only has 2 hard braking sections)
Well.... I cleaned/deglazed the rotors and put the stock caliper back on with the Vesrah RJL pads. I got a real good bleed thanks to bleed bolt on the Brembo MC. Initial thoughts....the lever feel and travel is much better than I expected but I need still need to make some adjustments.

I will do some test runs down the road and the real test will be on the track in October. I am anticipating great results!

I will miss that beautiful golden caliper though!
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No idea how I was missing this thread before... but glad I found it now. Awesome read @howlinhoss. I did my first track day a couple of weeks ago and have been constantly thinking of a few mods I want to do, got a lot of ideas from here, I did just get a set of front ss lines and new pads
You should check out the track build threads of Zaph, Vulgr, and PM17. I got alot of ideas, guidance, and inspiration from them.
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Finally recovered from my weekend at the track. Got to watch Team ProMotions 300 race. Here is some on board footage of one of the fast guys. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/IyodTiL-kD8
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