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Old April 16th, 2021, 12:07 PM   #1
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Ninja 400 Stock Springs

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Been a bit since I was on here since I went from the Ninja 250 to the R3, which I've been very happy with. However, I managed to snag a crashed Ninja 400 for cheap, and am aiming to race in SoCal.

That said, I still have two R3's, one street/track and one that was going to be my racebike, and may still be my B bike if funds permit.

Now onto the main topic. A fellow racer who had a pretty awesome first season as a novice racer at CVMA this year, placing a good number of 1st and 2nd places, crashed last round due to multi-racer pile up, and I managed to get some parts off the crashed bike since he opted to buy another one before this weekend's final round as he had a shot at winning the championship.

One of the things I realized looking at Racetech's suspension calculator and parts nubmers, is that the spring rate for the Ninja 400 is .77kg/mm, as opposed to the R3's .65kg/mm, and Racetech recommended .78kg/mm for my R3. Since they're both 41mm forks, with similar fully extended lengths, and the racetech spring part numbers are the same for both bikes, I snagged the Ninja 400 springs for my R3. All I had to do was cut new tube spacers (which I just cut from the Ninja 400 tubes I got with them).

However, my friend said he'd never touched the forks on the 400 he crashed, but the springs were progressive, which is cool but I can't find anywhere wether that's how it actually comes from Kawasaki or if they're aftermarket springs. The parts diagram doesn't show progressive springs, and every time I try and locate any info, it's all aftermarket talk and info.

Does anyone here know if they come from the factory like that? Sure, I could just pull my 400's springs, which I will when I install my pre-load adjusters, but those will take a moment to arrive, and I miss this group so I figured I'd make a post.
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Old April 16th, 2021, 03:43 PM   #2
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Good question - will bump it to the tech area for more views and hopefully some useful responses.
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Old April 16th, 2021, 03:56 PM   #3
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Old April 17th, 2021, 08:43 AM   #4
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Yes, the stock fork springs are progressive. I thought I took some pics when I swapped in my RaceTech springs, but I can't seem to find any.
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