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Thank you both. Today I was able to take the bike a few miles down the road. The exhaust is very loud as expected, lightened primary wine is there but I don't mind. The bars and levers are a huge improvement over stock. The galfer brake setup is a HUGE upgrade. The brake lever is extremely strong. I can't I say I had a problem with the stock brake setup but holy crap is this brake set up so much better.

After the ride I disassembled the stock clutch safety switch and soldered the 1fngr lever wires to that switch so I could retain a clean factory look and function. I took a few pics outside with my woman's grom.
 

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Small but big pieces arrived today.
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I also have the fork kit.
I was able to ride the z around the a little. When I returned it was covered in the oil. It's all coming from the clutch cover gasket. I used the gasket that came with the HD clutch and lightened primary, so I will be replacing it with and oem gasket. To remedy that solution. Aside from some little odds and ends like mounting tag bracket with light I am almost done. I also need to decide if I want to powdercoat the spring for the rear shock.
 

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Alright shock and forks complete. I have to replace a clutch cover gasket before I can take it for a spin and get a feel for it. What do you all think about coating rear shock spring shocker yellow to match the wheels and cages?
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The attention to detail is pretty cool but im more about performance than looks and say its good enough why spend more money.

To each their own
 

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I'm all about attention to detail and the yellow spring definitely stands out...plus the spring would match your other stuff while the Ohlins canister would match the front forks. Plus you have two springs, so you wouldn't even have any down time.
 

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I say shocker yellow spring, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the other money getting tossed at this bike. =P Easy to spend someone else's cash though.

Love the pairing of purple and chartreuse Z & Grom! Though, is there a reason the Grom's front tire is mounted backwards?
 

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I say shocker yellow spring, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the other money getting tossed at this bike. =P Easy to spend someone else's cash though.

Love the pairing of purple and chartreuse Z & Grom! Though, is there a reason the Grom's front tire is mounted backwards?
Definitely easy to spend someone else's lol... then again I mentally spend some imaginary back account all the time. 😄

The grom and z do compliment each other well. My woman just bought the grom 2 months ago and we literally haven't touched it from the previous owner. Good eye on that tire. She just bought some parts to replace some of the rashed parts.

You all talked me into it. The rear spring is off at powdercoat. In future the bike will get big bore and maybe some rearsets. I'm pretty sure I have an extra oil cooler from a Buell I may try to fit since I have it around.
 

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Small thing to show but interested to see everyone's thoughts. I'm not a fan of the clutch and stator cover colors that kawasaki chose so I decided while had the clutch cover off to replace the gasket I would paint it a wrinkle black...I was going for more of a harley uniform texture black than this but I don't hate this so I might run this setup. I'll need to pull the stator cover off as well and do it but haven't seen info on that. Is that just simply remove bolts and pull cover or is there extra steps? I want to make sure none of the cam chain components mount to that cover before removing it.
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I'm not a huge fan of wrinkle finishes but it looks good and the black cases definitely go better with your 'theme'.

Is that a 'bottle cap' oil filler cap? I've got one of those on my daughter's bikes...lots of similarities in our builds it would seem. Great minds...
 

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Whoa, that's really wrinkly in direct sunlight. I like the look on the bike though. Works well for your build!
 

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Whoa, that's really wrinkly in direct sunlight. I like the look on the bike though. Works well for your build!
Thank you. I think it does fit it well somehow. One of the good things with this bike is how I don't take it seriously so I can play around with ideas outside my comfort zone and if it doesn't work oh well. This is the wrinkle black I had in mind. But vht engine wrinkle black disagreed.
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On another note my hammerhead shifter come in from mnnthbx and I'm loving it. Feels so much better in the garage, looking forward to riding with it.
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@MikeHayabusa it is the bottle cap piece, it's funny how many parts we both have. I just need to find a good looking bottle cap to go on it.
 

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On another note my hammerhead shifter come in from mnnthbx and I'm loving it. Feels so much better in the garage, looking forward to riding with it.
Would you mind getting me a measurement from shaft to toe for that unit?

I have the off the shelf KLX110 shifter but it ended up out of reach for my tiny feet. I think I can snip, weld, and refinish the one I have but need to come up with a target length and every data point helps.

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(My description was awful. Just wondering what "X" is for your Hammerhead shifter)
 

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it is the bottle cap piece, it's funny how many parts we both have. I just need to find a good looking bottle cap to go on it.
I need to find a good beer that comes with pink bottle caps...good excuse for having to buy a six-pack, you know, just in case the cap falls off I've got some 'extras'.
 

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This is the wrinkle black I had on mind. But vht engine wrinkle black disagreed.
Agreed, I like that more, but still a very cool result considering it came from an aerosol.
 

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Would you mind getting me a measurement from shaft to toe for that unit?

I have the off the shelf KLX110 shifter but it ended up out of reach for my tiny feet. I think I can snip, weld, and refinish the one I have but need to come up with a target length and every data point helps.

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Sure will. I'll try my best to remember to measure it next time I'm in the garage.
 

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Couple updates. Rear spring come back from powdercoat a few weeks ago.
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I was able to put some miles on the bike and it is still nimble without being twitchy. It is much more planted now. Between the 1fngr clutch, hammerhead shifter and hd clutch the shifting is dramatically improved. I love the bars but they hit my knees pretty bad. I have a different riser coming for them but expect to be changing to a different bar. I finished up some little things like tag mounting and light last week before we took off to the dragon for the weekend. I was able to get my knee down and carry some decent speed on the z so it was good weekend.

The purple grom my girl has is now blue with pink and purple accents. She did the work herself swapping plastics, steat, levers, shifter, new tires, and braided stainless brake lines.
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