2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 | Episode 9 / Part 3 – Ceramic Bearing Install and Reducing Brake Drag

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Ceramic Bearing Install and Reducing Brake Drag

WARNING some of the information and performance techniques listed in this video are advanced. Please use discretion when attempting these or any other high-performance modifications. If in doubt, always choose SAFETY FIRST and configure your bike exactly as your manufacturer suggests.

Clear your schedule and grab your popcorn while Brock demonstrates some advanced #stupidfast performance techniques!





In Episode 9 (Part 3), Brock continues go fast modifications to the front of Gixzilla. Brock covers everything you have ever wanted to know about Ceramic Bearings: installation styles, rolling resistance, reduced friction and also includes some ceramic bearing construction info. that you didn’t know to ask… he even and proves his points with destructive testing!

Brock also shows you how he attacks that pesky brake drag that all modern streetbikes have these days with some unorthodox theory and methods while demonstrating how to properly remove and install the front wheel and OEM Brembo calipers and brake pads.

Of course and as always, he addresses these issues in non-technical speak while also providing advanced information that make professionals say “ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!”.

We hope you enjoy 2017 GSX-R1000 S2B: Episode 9 (P3) Drag Prep – Ceramic Bearing Install and Reducing Brake Drag

Check out the 2017 GSX-R1000 Information Page

The Details:

  • 2017 GSX-R 1000L7 Standard model (not the ‘R’ version) purchased from Fun For All Motorsports Elizabethtown, KY
  • Brock’s Performance CT Meg ™ full titanium exhaust with carbon fiber tip
  • Traction control – Motion Track Traction Control Standard (TC=OFF during testing)
  • Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) Power Mode=A (max power selected during testing)
  • Fuel used during test = Shell 89 Octane (choices available at our local Shell = 87, 89, 93 – we selected mid-grade for our tests)
  • Rear tire: Stock Bridgestone Battlax RS10 190/55/ZR17 – 35 PSI Nitrogen
  • Motor Oil: As delivered (unknown)
  • Air Filter: OEM
  • PAIR: Blocked
  • Power Commander: PCV with Brock’s Performance Track Map 1 or Zero Map, per video requirements
  • ECU: Modified, per video requirements
  • FlashTune Quick Shifter / Auto Blipper Retrofit Kit GSX-R1000 (2017)
  • 5th Gear Pulls

Dynojet Model 250I dyno using DynoWare RT and WinPep 8 dyno control – displaying the SAE scale (unless noted otherwise in video)

0:14 – Video introduction
1:10 – Rolling wheel demo (1 1/4 rotations)
1:56 – Why is there resistance/drag?
3:48 – We are not building a race bike
4:36 – Stop touching my stuff!
5:40 – Removing strap brackets and OEM Brembo calipers
7:20 – Rolling wheel demo (no brake drag)
7:59 – Removing axle nut, axle, and wheel
9:10 – Noting wheel spacer location
10:28 – Factory dust seal friction
10:53 – Not for everyone
11:40 – Modifying OEM bearings
12:32 – No special tools required
13:00 – In your own garage
13:31 – Removing OEM dust seals
14:41 – Little here, little there
15:05 – Using simple tool/setup
15:15 – Pushing bearing from opposite side
16:50 – Using socket/extension
17:05 – Using screwdriver
17:40 – Using round stock (sharp edge)
18:10 – Sweat… cursing… all part of the process
19:05 – Remove second bearing
19:20 – Are the OEM bearings reusable?
20:10 – Double checking bearing dimensions
21:20 – WWB use double-sided dust seals
21:50 – Refer to manual for first bearing install
22:20 – Cleaning before installation
23:40 – OOOPS… put it in crooked
24:00 – Prepping bearing for installation
25:04 – Solid, bearing is seated
26:15 – Checking inner sleeve for damage
27:17 – Pounding in second bearing
28:13 – Seating bearings properly
28:40 – Reinstalling front wheel
30:03 – Brake pads = friction
31:05 – Brake pad drag demo
31:55 – Explaining chamfer process
33:40 – Removing brake material
35:00 – Critical inspection
35:30 – NO REALLY: Asterisk, fire signal… THIS MOD IS ***NOT*** FOR EVERYONE!!!
37:00 – ‘Infinite’ ceramic bearing wheel spin
37:50 – Reapplying the brakes
38:40 – But, how much do they help?
39:07 – Only 1 MPH faster?!? They still can’t catch you…
39:32 – Test (7 revolutions)
40:05 – Torqueing down front axle
41:10 – Torqueing pinch bolts/calipers
42:00 – Cycling the front suspension
42:54 – Important notes, rotation, and balance
43:40 – Trouble hammering in a bearing?
44:28 – Cheap ceramic bearing vs. hammer
45:10 – Can we break the US made bearing?
45:50 – Inspection after beat down
46:46 – Never seen a bad ceramic ball
47:30 – Quality on a microscopic level

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