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    Ride Plate Washers

    Hi
    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.
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    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.

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    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

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=102465

    also see Post # 35 of
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...ods+FZR&page=4

    Cheers Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eds_FZR View Post
    From memory even .113 has been tried.


    On the FZ series you simply removed the standard spacers (which are approx .104) along the whole length of the ride plate - 4 screws.

    Check these threads which have more info and have a play

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=102465

    also see Post # 35 of
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...ods+FZR&page=4

    Cheers Ed
    I didn't know the stock spacers were .104. The stock spacer looks way bigger than that. So, are guys putting an even larger than stock spacer in the front (.113) with no spacers in the back?

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    Thats how I did it

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    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?

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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadam View Post
    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
    That is awesome news. Nice going.
    I'll be trying this out in a couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martimouse2 View Post
    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?
    Good question - I'd think that if you only shimmed the front, then there'd be a bunch of different stresses on the bolts. And what of the water that could get over the top of the plate, if the gap between the rear of the intake and the front of the ride plate is open to the water? The water would force down and longitudinally on the plate and I would think increase the chance of the bolts shearing off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadam View Post
    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
    So...a tad thicker on the front bolts?

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