Thread: Ride Plate Washers
09-02-2009, 04:01 AM #1
Ride Plate Washers
Can anyone give me some input on putting washers under the ride plate. Would like to try this before I make a decision whether or not to have my stock plate modified?? How to, where, amount? Any help would be great.
09-02-2009, 06:28 AM #2
I removed ride plate spacers and shimmed the front two bolts .113" each. Others did less. I gained 2.5 mph but you lose some handling if you get the big speed. You can shim the back but then you will be going back towards stock. Play around and see what you like.
09-02-2009, 06:55 AM #3
Ride Plate Washers
Can only speak for the FZ series.
There are some threads which suggest (in inches) to start (per Jerry) with a .040 and if you being to propose (on a low fuel tank) then go to a .030. From memory even .113 has been tried.
I had a choice of three spaces to try... all stainless steal 316 grade flat washers....
Large flat washer 3/8x16g which measured .057 thickness,
M10 flat washer which measured .072, and
M8 flat washer which measured .044
Last weekend I tried the .057 and had no problems.
Just my opinion -
after fitting the R&D intake grate I thought the ski leaned less in turns (BTW love the way the FZR feels when turning) and wanted to track straight.
Anyway I fitted the two washers to the front ride plate mounts only and also trimmed the tabs of the R&D grate (approx .070) to let it sit flush. Ski did not porpoise and and turning felt like it was returning to the original lean attitude. Rear end seemed to loosen up / float a bit more which i prefer.
On the FZ series you simply removed the standard spacers (which are approx .104) along the whole length of the ride plate - 4 screws.
They are stuck down to the ride plate and are easy to peel or pry off.
Check these threads which have more info and have a play
also see Post # 35 of
09-02-2009, 12:03 PM #4
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09-03-2009, 09:36 AM #6
If you have 3 bolts on each side, do you need to do for instance 2 spacers in front, one in the center, and none in the back? Or just do 2 in the front and not worry about the gap?
09-05-2009, 12:35 PM #7
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I just got back from testing this and it resulted in a gain of 3 mph!
Went from 66.7 stock plate on a full tank to 69.7 (3/5 tank) by taking out the shims and adding washers a tick thicker than the thickness of the factory shims. Awesome
09-05-2009, 01:09 PM #8
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