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Hi all,

I am carrying out a major service and i was wondering if you could point me in the right direction as i need quite a few parts, i have looked on internet but either i cannot find the clutch kit(as i would like it as below, or the parts were a bit pricey, if some one could recommend where i could get the below at a reasonable price i would be very grateful.

I am after (if there is such a one) a complete clutch kit which consists of clutch friction plates,steel plates, pressure springs/bolts, with a clutch basket and cover and the small thrust bearing/spacer


tyres a good price on Avon storms or a equivalent set of tyres which get the same mileage

chain and sprocket set

battery

front and rear brake discs.

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Why do you need a basket and springs?
I have used.
Clutch plates 2.0 'mm and friction plates kawasakioriginalparts.com
Good for 40000 miles.Why buy imitations?
 

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Michelin Road Pilot 4 190/55/17 - 120/70/17

Rear Tyre - I went from 3500 miles, 'any other' touring tyre,
to 5500 miles using the Pilot 4.

These are the most miles I have had from any rear tyre on my A1,
and I have ridden 50,000 miles on this ZX12.


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Go to Schnitz racing online they have every clutch set up for the 12
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I buy regular from Schnitz. Easy to deal with. The problem for those of us in the UK is the current poor exchange rate, the taxes and the shipping.
Works out worse on single items. But they do have lots of goodies from different suppliers often at the same price. That then saves on combined shipping :)
In stock items normally land in 7 days sometimes less. Customs clearance can be 3/4 days on average.
They use USPS which has excellent tracking and transfers to parcel force international. If you watch the tracking as soon as it lands and shows as custom cleared you can ring to pay the taxes to speed things up. I always collect fron the hub. If not you are sent a letter which adds a few days.Plus the time for shipping agsin from the hub to your address.
 

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Thanks for all the replies and links much appreciated,

Hi dave zx12r

ref my-clutch, I have not stripped it down as of yet to know what parts I need exactly (if any) , I am just sourcing where to get them from if I need everything, my symptoms from my clutch (or my reasoning for assuming I need a clutch is) feels heavy at the lever and I get a burning smell every now and then, and the biting point is more less at the end of travel, the cable has excess play at lever end too,

Hi drp,

with regards to tyres i currently run the 200 section rear tyre dropping down to a 190 section does it make much or any difference (ie still safe to ride I guess is what im asking) probably a stupid thing to say but having never changed tyre size(s) before or altering them from standard sizes I would like a little more information and basing the tyre sizes you gave me i take it you dont have to change the front tyre size (ie just keep front stock and just change rear size)


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Michael, it sounds like your clutch stack height is wrong , possibly from wear, the smell is from slipping and that maybe you have heavier aftermarket springs. Usually the steels get slightly warped which also makes it snatchy.
For normal street use its hard to beat the oem kawasaki clutch setup.
Most of us update the steels to the thicker 2.0 mm ones which is an optional HD Kawasaki upgrade.
People change the OEM basket for a billet one mainly for heavy use such as drag launches dropping the clutch at high rpm . Simply they explode. They are fine for normal use.
A properly set up oem clutch is very smooth, doesnt slip and will give many years service and miles.
On my street 12 I run a stock clutch with a 200/55 rear , which is another debate :)
My drag12 ran oem 2.0 mm steels clutch plates and stock friction plates and was fine with 9k launches but with a locking clutch and billet basket. A totally different use than a street bike ever requires.
Id reccomend stripping the clutch first and inspection. The stak height of the plates is very important. The steels should be sharp edge out. If they are blue/ brown burnt replace. Good luck. Fresh steels and plates will transform it. If still heavy source some oem springs. The previous owner probably fitted heavier ones. Hope my opinion and personal experiences helps you .
 

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Michael,

With a 190/55/17 rear tyre fitted, the 12 will 'turn/drop in' to the corners easier,
it makes the 12 feel a little lighter.

Some use a 190/50/17 rear, I have did until last year,
and this was better than the original 200/50/17.

A 200/55/17 rear is also available these days as well, and is quite a large tyre.

I have fitted 180/55/17 rears, but you get to the edge ever so easy,
and have to be careful not to ride off the 'edge'.

I think most forum members would choose 190/55/17 or 200/55/17.

Tyres are a personal choice, and there is plenty of controversy, everyone has their own idea.
So choose your tyres and have fun.

Thanks Dave.


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