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Rob has been working hard on the ZXR750. This month he’s been busy with the shock, linkages and exhaust system.



Cheer up, it might run eventually.

It’s time for a bit of a progress update on my ZX R project and things are moving along fairly quickly. After getting the swingarm fitted last time I could start to think about the shock and linkage arrangement. I had already acquired a ‘new old stock’ (that’s what NOS means on eBay apparently, nothing to do nitrous) FOX Racing shock. Given that these were made in the early 90s my first job was to give it a good once over and take it into work for a re-gas as it was bound to have made an escape after 2 5 odd years on a shelf. Everything was still spot on though and I filled it up with 400psi worth of nitrogen during my dinner break. I could try to sound clever and say I went for nitrogen because it doesn’t have as high a coefficient of heat expansion as fresh air so the shock will work better even when warm, but the truth is, it was just what was in the bottle. I bolted the shock in and also cleaned up and re-greased the original H 1 linkage.

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