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post #9 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2015, 08:32 PM
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From: NYC
I Ride: 2002 ZX-7R; 1998 ZX-7R; 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000S 1+1; 2016 Ninja H2

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I would like to submit my ride for ROTM.

1998 ZX7R
Here are the stats as she sits now.

Wiseco 74.5mm High Compression Pistons (779cc)
Cylinders Bored Over 1.5mm
Webcamshafts Cam Grind/Hardweld
Kibblewhite Springs and Titanium Retainers
APE Crankshaft Lightened 5lbs and Balanced to 14,000rpm
Carrillo Connecting Rods
Worldwide Bearings Ceramic Transmission Bearings
Worldwide Bearings Ceramic Camshaft Bearings
Slipper Clutch Kit Configuration
KLEEN System removed
CR9EK Spark Plugs
Polished Exhaust Ports
Muzzy Full System Exhaust
520 Chain Conversion w/ Vortex Sprockets -1, + 1
IGNITECH TCIP4 Programmable Ignition Module
DYNA Coils
Super Conductor 8mm Spark Plug Wires

Jet Needle: OCFMP - 7th clip (richest) position
Needle Jet: Primary Type
Main Jet: #165 - all 4 cylinders
Main Air Jet: #180
Pilot Jet: #55
Pilot Screw: 2 turns out
Slow Air Screw: 1.25 turns out
Float Height: 9mm
Airbox: Stock with Metal Screen Filter Only
Velocity Stacks: - Taller Intake Tract with FCR Adapters; Stock Rubber Stacks

Airtech Endurance Bodywork
Sharkskins Tail Section
Squidskinz Ram Air Tubes
Marvic Piuma Magnesium Wheels
Single Headlight w/ Custom Wiring
Penske Rear Suspension
Ohlins Fork Internals
Integrated Tail Section Turn Signals
Flush Mounts
Ballistic Lightweight Battery
Double Bubble Windscreen
Vortex Clip-ons
Renthal Hand Grips (Hard)
Custom Motion-Pro Throttle Cables for FCR41
Galfer Brake Rotors and Pads
Steel Braided Brake Lines
Titanium Rotor Bolts
MUZZY Aluminum Fan Blades

The story of my bike is quite long. I bought her a few years back and she was in pretty rough shape. Tank was rusted through, paint overspray was everywhere. She needed some serious TLC. She didn't run when I bought her from upstate NY.

After a lot of elbow grease I got her to a decent state of tune.

I got to the track right away where she was right at home!

I still wanted more!!! So the mods started.

I eventually splurged on an Airtech Endurance Bodywork Kit

I learned how to paint

Then I hit the track again!

I managed a 1:24 at Summit Point Main with a fouled spark plug.

Then I started to "Gel" with the bike.

Then on one magical day I got my bump to Expert Group

But I still wanted more!

I eventually scored my first set of Flat Slides

I put in some more track time (NCBIKE pictured) but I found that I still wanted more!!!!

With no mechanic experience I decided to challenge myself and so began my 779cc journey:

More painting in my homemade backyard paint booth

But disaster struck on a test ride last winter while trying to tune the Flat Slides. With
a foot injury that sidelined me for 3 months.

I hadn't yet figured out a way to mount all the wires neatly.

There was a lot of trial and error but things eventually started to come good.

Disaster struck again when I set the valve lash too tight

I went back to work

With a little creativity, I made my own tools to get the job done.

Got the ports polished quite nicely.

Gave each valve the attention it deserved.

Got the head done the way it should be done.

Final assembly

Added some well placed decals for flare

...and gave some attention to the "Details"

My creative genius kicked in and then solutions for problems started to form in my imagination.

Genesis 2:7: "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

Everything resulted in roughly a 8hp gain in the midrange over my piped '02 ZX7R for the street
and also a 10hp gain over a Piped and Mapped GSX-R750 from 7,500 - 10,000rpm on the same dyno. Not to mention a significant weight savings.

At the moment, I'm handling an issue with the Oil Pump Screen and it should be resolved this week.

There was so much more involved in this journey but this is the short version. The important thing
is that she's ready to rock for next season.

1998 ZX-7R (779cc)
- November 2015 BOTM
- 2015 2nd Place BOTY

That's what I like about you, Turbo. Instead of looking to external factors you consistently look to yourself to provide the improvements first.

"I can't corner the way I want to, I'll improve that."

"My bike feels heavy, I'll lose weight."

In a day and age where everyone's playing the blame game and looking for excuses it's refreshing to see a little discipline, determination, and self-efficacy.


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