Be more effective and accurate at cross referencing parts.

Cross referencing parts can open up new possibilities for your bike, but sometimes the slackers that do the research to find out what part will fit what bike is lacking.  That new brake rotor that was just released for the 2007 GSXR might actually fit your SV650, even though the SV isn’t listed on the brake rotor manufacturers list of bikes that their rotor will fit.  The same can hold true for any part. I will be damned if I am going to let the superbikes have all the good parts.

The first step is to visually look at the part.  If a part is readily available from a friend that is great but another good way is by doing a search on the information super highway. Finding pictures is relatively easy with Google image search, but try to find pictures that are accurately depicting the correct part, from the correct make and model.

Along with the google search, its also good to find out what others have used. This is a good idea because small insignificant changes that might not affect our application will change the part number. For example the “STOCK”2007 GSXR 600 rear brake rotor part number is different from the “STOCK” 2006 SV650 rear brake rotor.  The only difference is the shape of the mounting tabs. The holes line up and the radial locators match up with the hub OD.

07 Suzuki GSXR rear brake rotor
07 Suzuki GSXR rear brake rotor
2nd Generation SV650 rear brake rotor
2nd Generation SV650 rear brake rotor

The second step is checking the factory part number with your model or vice versa.  If it matches up, then its safe to say the part can be used on your bike.  Lets use another example from a completely different bike.  I want a billet oil plug from Moto-D (like the one for a Z1000),but the plug is not listed for my Ninja 650r.  I need to find out the part number for the Z1000 and the 650r.  I find that the part number is “16115-1053” for both the z1000 and the 650r.  Now that those part numbers line up, I know that any oil fill plug for a 2010 z1000 will fit my ninja 650.

Another good way to cross reference part numbers is with another manufacturers part number.  Just because Moto-D didnt list my oil fill plug for the ninja 650r, Yoshimura may have.

Below is an example.  I know for certain that the Kawasaki er-6f is the same bike as my Kawasaki ninja 650r.  (The ER6 is the European model. and sports the passenger grab handles. The 650r is the US model and does not.  ER6F faired model ER6N naked model)

This example tells me the same thing. The Z1000 uses the same cap / plug number as the er6f or my 650r.

When it comes down to it, not all aftermarket parts companies do a thorough job of adding models to the parts that they fit.  This is a hassle for those of us that want a trick component but cant find our bikes listed in their fitment chart.  In a perfect world these parts would be placed in one big cross reference chart with part numbers, feature difference notes, and an accurate fitment chart and table.  It is not a perfect world though, and we have a bit more footwork to get those shiny parts on our bikes.

Maybe later as Precision Moto becomes more mature, we will start work on a cross reference chart and table.  Until then, happy hunting!


Riding motorcycles and wrenching since my preteen years, I have moved from motocross to street bikes. Being a teen back in those days it was tough to get me off of the bike. Now days even though I am very busy being a dad I still have my weekends and go to the track to race and on occasion will do a track day or two.

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