96 ZX11 rear shock...

Steve Northrop blackgpz at rochester.rr.com
Tue Feb 24 05:18:04 PST 2009

I guess it depends, Don. One here has put a ZX11 shock on their GPZ because 
it was new and cheap. I wouldn't put one on but it will bolt up. However, it 
is shorter than stock, lowering the rear of the bike and making the GPZ turn 
SLOWER than it already does. If the Ohlins has a ride height adjuster, maybe 
it can be made the same length as the stocker. One of the pluses of the ZX9 
shock is that it's a few mm longer than stock, raising the rear slightly and 
helping the big beast turn. Nothing from the forks of a ZX11 will fit the 
GPZ (41mm GPZ vs 43mm ZX11).
As for your buddy, the ZX11 carbs won't fit the ZRX (down draft carbs vs 
side draft carbs on the ZRX). The tranny will (if it's a ZRX1100). I also 
think he will be disappointed if he just installs the ZX11 cams without 
raising the compression ratio of the engine. The ZX11/GPZ compression ratio 
is 11:1, the ZRX only 10:1. He will be losing a lot of cylinder pressure 
from the longer duration/higher lift ZX11 cams, trading his low end grunt 
for a small, very high rpm power improvement.

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'08 KLR 650
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Don Wilcox" <leanintree at gmail.com>
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 8:20 PM
Subject: 96 ZX11 rear shock...

> Confimr to me that I'm right here guys... a '96 ZX11-D shock is NOT an
> appropriate fit for the GPZ, correct? I though that the closest for us was 
> a
> ZX9, and that a ZX11 wouldn't work at all. This comes up because a good
> buddy of mine just acquired a couple of parts-bin ZX11's (he really wanted
> the carbs, cams and trans for his ZRX), but one of them came with an 
> Ohlins
> rear unit (and possibly front springs or emulators... need to check on
> that).
> Don in GJ 

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