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Does anyone know if a late model air scoop will swap with an A1 model? I don't like the platypus nose on my 2000 like I did my 05.
 

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2000-2001 Upper fairings and airscoops are different than the 2002 and newer ZX12's. To change the scoop you must use the later fairing. I don't know if the lower fairings will cross over to the different generation upper though. You need to do some research to verify that before you spend any money on this project.
 

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I'm surprised nobody has ever tried to cut one of those down a bit. Certainly the ugliest part of an otherwise beautiful motorcycle.



 

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It should, at the very least, be cut back to flush with the fairing.

Why Kawi ruined the bike by sticking a fish mouth out of the front is beyond me.


DERP.

 

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The scoop is in an area of higher pressure, righ before the bike frontal area where the aerodynamic pressure builds up (until someone reaches the sonic boom). So it's taking advantage of that little gain at high speeds (top) for intake purpose. There is a compromise between Aesthetics and engineering. So they went to efficiency = engineering.

Now you know. :dblthumb2:
 

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In the past they used RAM (Rapid Air Moviment) to get presure. In this project they try to get pressure direct from a source.
 

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He isn't wrong this time.
 

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I spoke to a friend who works in composites about cutting it down. He said it would fray at the cut and start to separate. So that's out.
 

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What kinda cheap crap are they made of? ABS, PVC, fiberglass, carbon fiber can all be cut and reworked.
Seriously. Plastic won't fray. If it is the OEM unit, it is just plastic. Cut it back, sand the edges and burnish with a torch.
 

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Seriously. Plastic won't fray. If it is the OEM unit, it is just plastic. Cut it back, sand the edges and burnish with a torch.
It doesn't look like plastic at all. I've cut and shaved the rear fender with no issue but this is definitely not abs or pvc.
 

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Maybe some other 12R owners will pipe up and tell us whaqt exotic composite KHI made these scoops out of. I know the 12R (like the 14, surprise, 14 owners) has some magnesium engine covers.
 

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It doesn't look like plastic at all. I've cut and shaved the rear fender with no issue but this is definitely not abs or pvc.
Looks like standard glass filled ABS to me. When you cut down glass filled, you need to sand the edges carefully and use a light coating of body filler to deal with the "fuzz".

 

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It may be ugly, but maybe gives 3 more horses at 130 up to 6hp at top speed!
 

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Looks like standard glass filled ABS to me. When you cut down glass filled, you need to sand the edges carefully and use a light coating of body filler to deal with the "fuzz".

Cool, ill take it to my friend with this info. He can make it look awesome.
 

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Use a dremmel for much better results. Not a saw.
 

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