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What have your done to your C14 today

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56taskforce

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Got down low and gave the exhaust a close look for space and routing then did some comparisons to pictures of ZX exhaust. Just compiling information and ideas for building a duel system for the C14. Got a few pretty good ideas between what info Ted has rounded up this forum and what I have researched.
 
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.
 

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I have checked your work out. Very nice. I am actually working on a prototype head pipe that is tuned better for the Concours than the ZX pipe. Paying close attention to what Ma. Kaw did.
 
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.
Road Runner said:
Road Runner said:
Tore the bike down to prepare for valve check/adjustment work tomorrow. Changed air filter in process and also plan to drain and refill coolant while I'm at it. Spark plugs changed out ~21K miles ago so no need to touch them

Just completed the valve check & adjustment (+ other items listed above) this Thanksgiving weekend. I was able to tear the bike down to get it to the valve check point, then called in technical help to have someone check them while I recorded results ... then we dove into the adjustment to correct those out of spec. That part was over my head (mechanically) ... knowing my limitations now). We got her done and I've almost got the bike all back together. Looking forward to taking her for a spin again ...
connie_rider said:
LURCH said:
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.

Lurch, "really" anxious to hear how it worked out?
Power/sound/torque/etc etc etc??

Ride safe,Ted
connie_rider said:
LURCH said:
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.

Lurch, "really" anxious to hear how it worked out?
Power/sound/torque/etc etc etc??

Ride safe,Ted
Well I finally got the system installed. I'm really surprised by the power increase was not expecting that. I no longer have to downshift from o/d to keep from lugging the engine that's a big plus,but the system is loud and at 60-70 mph it's causing more vibration in the bars and it took some work and adapters to get it to fit perfect. I'm not thrilled about having to modify the kickstand and cut and reconfigure the center stand. It really looks much better and runs better as for the sound well I'm 61 but the juvenile delinquent in me likes it.
 

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Have you addressed the kick and center stand issues yet?
 
I ordered a ZX14 kickstand and I have yet to take the center stand to a welder to adapt it because I'm not going to do without a center stand as soon as I get that done I'll be happy with everything
 

connie_rider

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I keep planning to install the ZX headers on mine, and {also} keep putting it off..
I'd like to know more about the stands as well??
  What mods are needed?

On your TB pipes, which did you use? (ie; what year ZX-14 were the mufflers supposed to fit?)
From your photo's it appears that the mid pipes were not long enough {or they were not the correct diameter} and you had to install adapter pipes?

Ride safe, Ted
 
The header was from a 2007 and supposedly the seller a different person said the mid pipe and two brothers mufflers we're also for a 2007. Now they would have fit with me taking them to a shop to have them re bent to get out away from the final drive and down away from the bag but having worked in my youth at Midas I thought if I could just extend them 3 in straight off the header that should fix the problem and it did the pipes went on without a hitch. As for the kickstand it had to be moved out 1/2 of an inch and could probably be bent a little more to clear the pipe the center stand as most people are doing has to have the foot that sticks out extended so that it goes out around the mid pipe right now it hits the bottom of the mid pipe not allowing the kickstand to go up far enough if you're not doing Twistys you probably would not have a problem with that but it most definitely will drag going around a corner so I'm going to take the kickstand to a welder on my bike show him what I need done have the factory arm cut off and a new gusset and arm put on just extending it should take care of the problem. Right side hanger had to be extended 2 inches so the pipe did not hit the bag and you just have to fabricate a hanger for the left side however you want to
 
With four back operations I don't bend too well so these are the best pictures I could take of the adapters you can't see them unless you get down under the bike and nothing is hanging any lower than the factory exhaust clamp
 

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turbojoe78

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Rode it to work for probably the last time this year.

Got the stabilizer with me and will throw it in and top off the tank on the way home.

Valve adjust and lots of other maintenance over the winter to get ready for the spring.
 

connie_rider

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Took mine out for a quick ride yesterday {in Houston traffic}. 
  Bad idea!!!!!
Spent more time at red lights and in traffic than riding.    :angry:

Ride safe, Ted
 

flashback50

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LURCH said:
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.

I'm wondering if the screws in the side case pucks will be strong enough to hold the weight of the exhaust with all the stress it will have on it going down rougher roads?  Looks great though  :great: :beerchug:
 

buzzard53

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I had a serious talk with Santa last week.

Just noticed a box w/a shinny new Delkavic exhaust system and another box from Project D w/a handle bar extension and oil filler cap setting on the front porch.

Santa was in a hurry, so he asked the wife to wrap the boxes nice and pretty for the 25th.

Merry Christmas to all !! :great:
 

Road Runner

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Buzzard said:
I had a serious talk with Santa last week.

Just noticed a box w/a shinny new Delkavic exhaust system and another box from Project D w/a handle bar extension and oil filler cap setting on the front porch.

Santa was in a hurry, so he asked the wife to wrap the boxes nice and pretty for the 25th.

Merry Christmas to all !! :great:

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you as well. Enjoy your presents ... know you will  :great:
 

gpd323

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Looked at it in the garage as I went to drive a car (GASP!!!) into work today, damn ice and cold temps, but at least my driver is a Mazdaspeed 6 with some tasteful mods.
 

nodesurfer

Bicycle
I just added a pair of Grip Puppies to my '09 C-14.

I like the thicker, grippier, more commanding feel in my hands. Particularly with leather gloves, the stock grips can be a little slippery. When I twist it open in 1st or 2nd, I feel like I have a lot better hold of it now. Plus, they're comfortable and I'm sure will reduce vibration on long trips.

AND, they look great. And I was able to put the "Go Cruise" cruise control back on with it's rubber grip ring and it all works nice. For $18 on Amazon, I feel they were a good add.

Pictures:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w5I3pshTSBMOc--BgTvGDqNPbarGJKlp/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AaBlKvwmeV1eYIXwyX-8215dxRR8YYWP/view


 

ZXtasy

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Pulled the battery out, as she just really is slow to start and throws the low battery error since the temps have dropped to the 20-30 range, (45-50 in my garage even it drags after all week on the tender!)  Rode it to work one day last week, 19 degrees in the AM and at 36 for the afternoon high I was almost afraid it was not going to fire! Pretty sure after looking closely it is the OEM battery for a 2013, so it is time. Do not think the PO bothered with a tender much, thought he leads were installed he had no idea what they were.

I have had good experiences with the WPS LI Featherweights in 4 or 5 other rides, so that is going in tonight.
 

roy826

Moped
Started on my valve cover / cam sensor oring oil leak. Plus a coolant flush ,spark plugs and a valve check.

Friggin nightmare of a bike to work on  :mad:

Had her down to the cams in sight in 2 1/2 hours though. Murphs kit ordered this morning and hope to button it all back up in the next week or so.

Hour or so in  >:D



oil leaker  :( be advised I degresed it a week ago in preparation for this so build up not quite as bad as it was before the cleaning.



2 1/2 hours in  :'(



 

gpd323

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How many exhaust bolts nuts are loose? I have a set of Motion Pro locktite nuts to install when it comes time to do the valves.

Motion Pro Nut - Fuji-Lock 8mm/Head138mm 30-0308
 

roy826

Moped
gpd323 said:
How many exhaust bolts nuts are loose? I have a set of Motion Pro locktite nuts to install when it comes time to do the valves.

Motion Pro Nut - Fuji-Lock 8mm/Head138mm 30-0308

All of mine were tight. To bad they can’t make oil stay in them. One should not be bothered with this issue in today’s quality tolerence manufacturing.

Never had a Suzuki or Yamaha leak from the valve cover or a oring on a sensor.
 
Installed a passenger backrest from Advanced Sport Touring. Nice looking. My girl will like it.  I just bought a new (2016) C14 (finally replacing my 2004 FJR1300). We did a 6k tour on that FJR last year... I hated to replace it but I have to say, I've really been lusting after this C14 for a looooong time!  A new ('16) for $11k out the door !?!? I couldn't pass that up!!!

Next up: 2" risers, front fender extender, rear tire hugger (if I can find one! - I'm on the "group purchase": list), throttlemiester .... and I'm sure I'll think of more.

http://www.advancedsporttouring.com/Concours_Removable_Passenger_Backrest_p/c14-22.htm
 
Installed a set of the 2" handlebar risers today (also from Advanced Sport Touring). I accidentally ordered the Silver color (my bars are black) so I painted them a matte black finish that looks like a good match.  Some things I noticed during the install (on a 2016 C14) include: Left side wire bundle had a wire tie instead of the clamp (right side wire bundle has the clamp). Simply cut the wire tie. There is PLENTY of wire to feed up to give the slack needed to raise the bars the extra 2". Also, the "banjo" nut for the front brake didn't need re-positioned at all - it was pointed perfectly where it needed to be - I guess every bike assembly has a little bit of difference.  I was glad not to have to adjust it. Finally, the brackets that hold the hydraulic lines to the riser blocks have to be "flattened" a bit as there is a "L"  bend in the bottom of the brackets. I used vice grips to take the bend out (mostly) and the set screws did the rest. 

Unfortunately, it's too cold in Colorado Springs (20's) to get the bike out for a test ride but the "before" rides certainly convinced me this was a needed modification (for my comfort). As far as technical skill, I'd rate this job a 1 out of 5 job (1 being oil-change easy and 5 being very difficult). 

Next up: front fender extender (on order), rear tire hugger (I'm on the "group purchase" list), throttlemeister (also on order) .... and I'm sure I'll think of more.

https://www.advancedsporttouring.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=C14-02
 

Just Cliff

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Removed the rear drive hub & pulled the driveshaft. Cleaned & inspected everything then lubed front/rear splines. With right at 195,000 miles on the clock I was really expecting some slop in the u-joints. They were nice & tight!  :) Splines & all looked great also.

Only the third time I'd done this & should be my last.

Cliff  :beerchug:
 
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56taskforce

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It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I took her on a ride
 
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56taskforce

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Oh and just ordered the Skidmarx hugger fender and a front fender extension from Murph's. :motonoises:
 
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56taskforce

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ZXtasy said:
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!
 

lurch71

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Nice day yesterday in SoCal, about 78-80 degrees.  Did a 370 mile ride.  Started in Orange County, rode to Pala Casino, continued past Lake Henshaw to Ocotillo Wells, Salton Sea, Palm Springs then back home.  The bike is a 2017, has about 4700 miles, did an oil/filter change today along with final drive oil. 
 

lurch71

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Grant said:
ZXtasy said:
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!

I’m not a fan of them, I’m pretty cautious on twisty highways with them.  Looking at a set of Roadsmart 3’s.
 
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Lurch71 said:
Grant said:
ZXtasy said:
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!

I’m not a fan of them, I’m pretty cautious on twisty highways with them.  Looking at a set of Roadsmart 3’s.

Yup me too...they are being recommend by most over anything else...
 

ron203

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Egodriver71 said:
Still cold here in NEFL, but finally not wet and misty...


So, I'm riding!!!

Yeah buddy!!!!  :motonoises:

26 and clear in beautiful N. GA at the moment. Bah..
 

connie_rider

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Gonna be nice here today (blue skys and about 60*), but getting bad tomorrow.. (rain/Sleet and some freezing temps)
  Unfortunately, I had cataract surgery last week and can't ride..
    (err, Eye feels good, so, I probably could, but my wife would kill me)

Ride safe, Ted
 

JPlug

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Changed engine / filter & drive gear oil Thursday. Friday left Orange County up Hwy 395 to Lone Pine and through Death Valley and Red Rock to Las Vegas & Hoover Dam. Sunday back home through Ortega Hwy. Perfect riding conditions 35 deg.F.-80 deg.F. 780 miles and seen a herd of Big Horn sheep!
 

buzzard53

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first ride of the new year on Jan. 1st
9 degrees heading out to traditional club RTE. Warmed up nicely to 21 on the way home.
Back in the garage for now, got the new exhaust on, mounted Project D handy stick and oil cap.
Just finished adding new Mobil 1 oil, filter and final drive fluid.
Ready for warmer temps.


 

connie_rider

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Getting the bike ready for the Sport Touring School in Feb...

Last night I pulled the front wheel for a new front tire.
Rear was done last week.

Decided to go to the Avon 3D XM's... {Per Cliff's suggestion}

Ride safe, Ted

Update: New front tire now on the bike...
 

barberman

Training Wheels
Since it's raining here in Rochester, Wa.  I changed out the fork oil in my 2012.  Used a wood rasp to take down foam in the seat by at least a half inch.  Installed Soupys' lowering links. "Moly'd" the rear splines/cleaned wheel and swing arm.. Great garage time and not missing ride time! KJ
 
Installed my ECU which had been flashed by Steve (Mountain Runner Flash). Took the bike on on an approx. 200 mile ride here in the mountains near Colorado Springs & Canon City (this was yesterday - 65 degrees and full sun). I found the flash to be perfectly dialed-in... every gear and throttle combination I could find delivered perfect performance. I believe I averaged 42 mpg at a not too aggressive pace (I was riding two-up).

BTW - if there are Colorado Springs folks on this serve, reach out... Al
 

ZXtasy

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32 degrees this am...plugged in the battery tender...saw it was fully charged. Walked outside and saw thick frost still on the asphalt....debated...drove the Chevy to the Levee. :(
 

strum

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Decided to start some winter maintenance yesterday. First thing i did was pull my air filter. It wasnt as bad as I was expecting but it was time.
  Its all cleaned and ready to go back in (these K&Ns use sealing grease so im waiting for a tube to be delivered) and ill start my oil change and flush my brake/clutch fluids next.
While Im on the subject of air filters. I have seen guys talk about how hard this is and while its not as simple as the C10 its not as bad as some say.
  I had it out in less than 15 mins .
 
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