I picked up my bike Saturday; once again it's a '95 Ninja 600R (ZX600C8) California model (unfortunately). Got it home and was able to give it an initial inspection.
For starters, it was a good thing I was planning on replacing the fork oil. The right fork seal is blown, evident the first time I hit the front brake and oil spilled all over my wheel. So I'm going to replace the front springs, fork seals, and oil. The front rotors are also a bit grooved so I'm going to replace both of them with the pads, as well as rebuild the calipers. Not sure if my wheel bearings are serviceable, but if so I'm going to grease them up while it's all apart. I don't think I want to risk rebuilding the forks myself right now, so I got a quote from a local Kawi shop to do both forks seals and springs for $150 including oil, with me bringing in the forks off the bike all ready. I'm going to pickup a liter of Ohlins anyway, as I hear good things.
The chain is pretty grimy and in definite need of cleaning at least, but I was thinking of getting the RK Chain / Sprocket set. My Clymers manual says that stock the bike has an endless chain, and that it’s dangerous to replace it with a master link type chain. The worst part about the endless chain is that you need to pull the swing arm for chain replacement, which seems like an unneeded hassle. What are your thoughts on this? Should I get a new stock endless chain, or go ahead with an aftermarket?
Coolant looks ok, but I'm draining it to replace the T-stat and coolant hoses. Will refill with some Engine Ice per recommendation. The bikes capacity it 2 liters, so I'm just going to fill with one half gallon of Engine Ice, and top off with some distilled water.
One thing I was wondering about is whether or not the All Balls Steering Stem Bearings are a worthwhile upgrade. While I have all this ripped apart, I'd like to get as much done as possible. $27.16 seems like a reasonable price for a better bearing. What are everyone’s thoughts on these? How much of a pain are they to install?
Other than that.. It has a new battery, new seat, and a new vapor separator (CA Emissions thing). I'm also doing plugs, wires, vacuum lines, rebuilding the rear caliper and installing new pads. As in my previous post I still need to clean / rebuild the carbs before it will even run. Would anyone have an idea why my Clymers manual does not list a Pilot screw for the CA models? In the Carb Spec table there is a '2' listed for 49-state in the Pilot Screw field, but a '-' in the California spot. Definitely have my work cut out for me as I've never serviced a bike before. The Clymers manual is very clear and easy to follow, so I don't think I'll have many problems. Looking forward to starting disassembly Thursday