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Be careful because there is a lot of junk on the internet about Big Kawasakis needing 10mm spools.
I just bought a really nice rear stand and it came with 10mm spools (for Kawasakis). Yes well the bolts are far too big. Going on the Kawasaki site and looking for a part spec wont help you coz it shows the bracket without a spec- but on a stand manufacturers site I confirmed my suspicion that the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS takes 8 mm spools. Furthermore they have to be mini spools if you are going to leave them on the bike, as the first time you take that fatty on the back or hit a pothole, the mufflers will smack into the spools /bobbins and break the spool bracket and trash the muffler !

ok now you have the correct info ...8mm minis. Got mine ordered on amazon and lets hope the thread pitch is correct. jeez why is life so hard ?
 

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ps don't bother asking your dealer like I did - he didn't know, and though he had the same bike in the showroom, he never did get back to me....so I called another dealer - he didn't know either ! and another - he didn't know either So I emailed Kawasaki customer service and perhaps they will reply one day. So three dealers plus Kawasaki and I had to go to a stand manufacturer - great !
 

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Will the N1K accept generic rear stand?
The cheaper ones have an "L" or 90 degree angle support.
I have just bought a VENOM rear stand via amazon and it was inexpensive - and it is very well made - very strong and nice quality. Obviously I haven't used it yet as the mini spools are in the mail - but I have tried it for position and it will go under the bike and line up with the spool brackets ok. It comes with 'free' 10mm full sized spools which is how I knew that the brackets have much smaller holes than 10mm.

ps when I get the cover off the bike I am still stunned at how it is ME. If I had been asked to write down a list of everything the perfect bike should be than this is IT. It's a wolf in wolf's clothing but I bet it tours great with these high bars. I rode my 1200 Bandit to the South of France and back over the alps, 3,200 miles in 2 weeks with no aches, and this bike feels like it could do the same ..
 

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Ok i have the mini spools because the ones that came with my t-rex frame slider kit were 10mm i went and bought 8mm and fit great i have the bike master aluminum stands and the l shape brackets did not fit on the bike because of the brake interfiring. But with the spools there was no problem i'll post pics later today or tommorow
 

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Seriously, really, honest..dont skip over what Allserene said. It is important. Reading what he posted will save you from swingarm replacement. The T rex spools are great, but way too large in size.

Watch the physical size of the spools. Obviously, the 8 mm, 10, or whatever we decide as to be correct.. bolt size has to be right, but the actual OUTSIDE DIAMETER is a big deal on the Ninja's and z 1000. If they are too large, the spool will contact the exhaust. Thats why its mentioned all the time. The 10mm size is nto really the issue.

Either get tiny ones, like these

Keiti Mini Swingarm Spools - Motorcycle Superstore

Or, remove when riding the bike.

Heres some more info.

Warning: Dont put large spools on the Z1000 with Stock exhaust - Page 4
 

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Ok i have the mini spools because the ones that came with my t-rex frame slider kit were 10mm i went and bought 8mm and fit great i have the bike master aluminum stands and the l shape brackets did not fit on the bike because of the brake interfiring. But with the spools there was no problem i'll post pics later today or tommorow
JEEZ !!!
just got a reply from Kawasaki mother ship saying they are 6mm !! They are wrong I know they are wrong because pit bull said 8mm

I trust you King George but please confirm you are taking about ninja 1000 abs 2014 model ?

my 8mm minis are in the mail to me..

ok this is the email I got today and I do not trust it>>>

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The threaded boss in the frame is a 6mm diameter.

Sincerely,

Nate



Nathan "Nate" DePauw
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A
Consumer Services
Supervisor Consumer Services
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, CA 92618
949-770-0400x2569
fax 949-460-5565
 

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Yes i bought the bike master aluminum spool kit 8mm part number 151630 for my 2014 ninja 1000 abs im surprised this guy gave you the wrong info
Just shows that talking to actual owners is better than asking someone in Kawasaki customer service who is under time restraints. Same with the 3 dealers I contacted - not one of them has come back to me with the info even though one of them has the identical bike in his showroom ! How long does it take to try a 10 and an 8mm bolt... PS your bike doesn't show in the application list for that spool - I bet it wont for a couple of years until demand really kicks in..

We owners need to stick together ...Alan
 

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Its not as if these are an industry standard, but they sort of are. Either 8 or 10mm. My 2012 uses 10mm, but it could have changed?

BUT, 6mm is not even an option. WAY too small. I think 6 was an old Suzuki size? Its nice that the same folks are in charge of our warranty. If you get time, send an e mail back and call her stupid and dumb. Our society is too friendly now, Too un-punishing for mistakes. Call her fat and ugly for good measure.

Really, that cant be a hard question since they get warranty claims for swingarms being damaged from the wrong spools being put on. If the spool is strong enough, and the rider heavy enough, it will rip off the mount from he swingarm when it hits.
 

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Its not as if these are an industry standard, but they sort of are. Either 8 or 10mm. My 2012 uses 10mm, but it could have changed?

BUT, 6mm is not even an option. WAY too small. I think 6 was an old Suzuki size? Its nice that the same folks are in charge of our warranty. If you get time, send an e mail back and call her stupid and dumb. Our society is too friendly now, Too un-punishing for mistakes. Call her fat and ugly for good measure.

Really, that cant be a hard question since they get warranty claims for swingarms being damaged from the wrong spools being put on. If the spool is strong enough, and the rider heavy enough, it will rip off the mount from he swingarm when it hits.
Thing is that there is no mention of it in the manual - even though the lugs are provided. If I go on the Kawasaki website it shows an exploded digram of the rear swing arm and clearly shows the lugs but doesn't allocate a diagram number. It's like that seceret CIA area in New Mexico that doesn't show on the maps.

chuckles...I am from England but wife is from Milwaukee so every day I get a lesson in how to hurl extremely hurtful obscene anatomical insults - and yes sometimes at me. I will be totally up to speed soon and then I will answer the Kawasaki "customer service" email and their 6mm bollocks......

ps I will report here on how the venom stand works with the keiti min spools - but the stand seems to clear the brakes etc by a wide margin so its looking good so far. Its cheap and high quality and v strong so fingers crossed for a good fit
 

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I think that from 2011 to 2013 they all used 10mm at least that's how it is with the z1000 that's why when I bought my n1k I was assuming that the whole kit was going to fit but for 2014 they changed them to 8mm
 
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