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Ok. So if you had to do it over again, what are the top 5 mods you would do to your SS (and in what order)?

Me:
1. Lightweight rims
2. 944HC kit/porting
3. Large diameter, equal length spaghetti system
4. Upgraded suspension (Ohlins shock/Racetech forks)
5. Z39 rear sprocket
 

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OK... I'll bite.

1. Nichols Flywheel.
2. Dyna coils to help smooth out low end.
3. Lightweight wheels
4. 4 pad calipers (on single disk)
5. Arrow slip-ons

Except for the wheels, I'm trying to go cheap...
 

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1: SIL slip-ons
2: Z43 rear sprocket
3: Wheels and disks (BST and CMC disks on order now)
4: lightweight flywheel (I have it, but have to install it yet)
5: Slipper clutch (on order)

I currently also have a ETI tank and lightweight half-fairing to install, and I'll do the racetech thing to the forks sometime sonn as well.

Last to do, as I have learned from my other bikes, will be a 1078 kit and head work, probably next winter.

Tom
 

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1. 14 tooth front sprocket or 43 tooth rear
2. Lightweight flywheel
3. reset camtiming and re-map
4. a decent exhaust
5. Mag wheels

combination of value for money/bang for buck and bling!

:)

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For track use

1.) High mount open exhaust w. custom map / PCIII.
2.) Fiberglass bodywork w. fasteners, spare head console, spare clip-ons & fixed pegs.
3.) Couple of sprokets (or different ratio transmission 'cause 6th is way tooooo long espec. with performance upgrades).
4.) Upgraded suspension (Ohlins shock & forks / steering damper is a must!!!!!!)
5.) Engine upgrade (you name it) + slipper clutch + forged alu. wheels (money on Nth degree).

0.) Decent rubber (tires) on a different wheelset (any type).
-1.) Decent and lighter driver in my case ;-)
 

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I like those choices in this order

1. wheels
2. suspension
3. mondo motor
4. sprocket
5. spaghetti system

2 & 4 are done but i've yet to do 1, 3 or 5 :(

couldn't resist...
6. light slipper clutch assy.
7. light flywheel (done)
8. light bodywork
 

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Me, I'm cheap, but these things do the most for the character of the bike, in order:

1. 43-T rear sprocket
2. open airbox
3. CF exhaust (not so cheap)
4. Nichols flywheel
5. everything else is too expensive relative to the performance benefit
 

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My approach is always with the eye of weight loss, that being said my list reads like this:

1. Marvic/BST/Marchechini/Dymag...magnesium wheels
2. Aftermarket rear shock & Racetech'ed front end
3. Aftermarket exhaust
4. Keihin FCR flatslide carbs
5. Carbon fiber bodywork, solo tailsection & rear fender elimination

6. Miscellaneous reasonably small stuff like carbon fiber fenders, removal of smog stuff, gearing, etc.
7. 944 kit with head work from MPBDucati & CACycleWorks
8. Asthetics; replacing the stock upper triple clamp & clip-ons with CycleCat, custom rear brake hanger, doing something about the ugly stock sidestand, etc.
All but #7 are done, and that's in the planning stages...
 

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PSsssp said:
7. 944 kit with head work from MPBDucati & CACycleWorks
I've got MBP heads on my ST2. I did that as the last mod, after losing 18kg (40lbs) of weight (wheels, flywheel, clutch, etc). Engine work will also be the last on my SS1000.

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  1. Slip-on exhaust
  2. bigger rear spocket
  3. good set of brake pad
  4. stainless steel brake lines (if you have an oldie with rubber hoses like mine)
  5. lightweight flywheel (Nichols)
All relatively cheap and big improvements. If money was not object, than #1 would be a 999R... ;)
 

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edwyun said:
That's a good approach for the air cooled 2V SS bikes. The most bang for the buck , IMHO.
Yeah, in my case this is first of all covered by a fitness program (I'm on a diet) :D
 

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Snail said:
Yeah, in my case this is first of all covered by a fitness program (I'm on a diet) :D
Not quite the same thing, though it helps.

I also plan to drop a few more kg, 5-7 by summer. But since that's sprung weight, the effect on handling is much less noticable.

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1) Light weight wheels
2) Nichols Engine Bolts
3) Race Tech suspension F&R
4) Light weight fly wheel
5) Lofgren Taper bore Carbs


Wait I alread have all that & More
 

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This is actually the way I did it:

1. Remus high mount race cans
2. 14 tooth front sprocket AND 43 tooth rear (top speed is way down but you gotta love the wheelies!)
3. Power Commander III USB
4. Pirelli Dragon SuperCorsas (or whatever the new race compound versions are)
5. Carbon Fibre up the ying-yang for that weight loss.
 

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Satansfist said:
14 tooth front sprocket AND 43 tooth rear
That's what I run on the ST2, but 15/43 on the SS.

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Carbon Fibre up the ying-yang for that weight loss
Speaking of which, a friend of mine is a wholesaler in Italy, and he got a bunch of DP stuff today that they want to get rid of at really good prices, so I ordered a CF full fairing for both the SS and ST2 (all the other CF parts have already been ordered, including the wheels).

Tom
 

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...that they want to get rid of at really good prices, so I ordered a CF full fairing for both the SS and ST2 (all the other CF parts have already been ordered, including the wheels).

Tom

So what sort of money will a full fairing for an SS set you back? Everything in carbon costs a fortune over here, plus there's the delivery delay. It took over 4 years to get the CF parts for my SS and it's still nowhere near as much as I'd like! (got a fetish I think... :rolleyes: )
 

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2) Nichols Engine Bolts

Nearly everyone raves about these new engine bolts. I must be a dummy coz I don't understand how bolts can change performance.

As a famous Australian once said... " Please explain??"

I had the impression they are the long through bolts that hold the engine to the frame and the suspension to the motor, I could be wrong though. Just how or what can the nichols bolts do that the std ones suck at?

Thanks

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I'm battling to grasp that one as well. Can imagine there might be a small improvement, but nothing more...

Here's a link to a review of the Nichols bolts:
 
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