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Ive been riding a few years now on the same bike I happened to learn how to ride, my 02 Rc51. Originally had a 40k mile motor on it, long story short it went bad so I replaced it with an 03 10k mile motor.

As far as my Rc goes, the only aftermarket products it really has is a jardine carbon fiber exhaust.

Exactly one year from today I will begin racing so Im going to be adding parts and trying to do after market work on the rc.

Do after market oil filters, air intakes, air filters help for racing?

What modifications can i do? Besides Power Commander, adjusting suspension. What should i start with, any links, ideas?!
 

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Truthfully, you are better off buying a 600 at this point. The RC is so out dated and parts will be expensive or non-existent soon enough.
 

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Instead if spending A lot to build the 51 for racing buy a 1st gen sv650 already set up for the track. There are tons for sale for cheap. Depending on whether you racing CCS or wera sing up on one of their forums and go shopping.

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I see that the sv650 is a really popular bike for racing, Im not really attracted to it. I prefer my RC since I already basically hae a track bike. Ive personally owned it for about 4 years and before that my brother bought the buy brand new in 02. Ive gone down twice with that bike and fixed her up every time.

I dont have the money to buy a used bike, but I have the money to buy parts here and there for my RC.
 

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As much as you can afford on suspension, anything helps.
Good quality brake lines and brake master.
Budget for new rubber often, don’t push tire wear.
Lessons, for rider improvement.
 

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Look at my track/experiment thread in this racing forum. I've made a pretty decent race bike on as tight a budget as I could manage. I've out sourced many of my parts and made most of them myself. Hard work but I enjoy working on this almost as much as riding it.
It handles better then my '09 R6 and I Dyno'd it at 127bhp at the back wheel. Which isn't that bad! All I have to do now is get the thing on some scales.
 

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Are you going for a track day or racing? I would recommend some homework first. I love rhe RC on the track but, my friends kill me on there newer 600's. My buddy on his 2012 675r just kills me on every turn at the track. I can catch him in the straits and hold him off for a turn or 2 but when he gets a chance he just holds the throttle down and passes inside or out. To be honest it kinda pisses me off. I sound way cooler and people always make comments on my bike even when pitted next to a Panigale. They AlWAYS stop for a sec and gawk when they see an RC51! And every one of them has a story about a friend who has or had one. I bet this doesn't help one bit. Sorry
 

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Race schools, track time, replacement tires, suspension. If you are really serious about racing, it will not take you long to realize that you will need another bike to be competitive in other classes. The RC is fun and a great track toy but it's 13 years old, the stock suspension is not that good, Nissin Calipers are actually really good calipers. Get some good pads and lines and you should be set.
 

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I did two seasons of mini racing...Yamaha YSR 80 just a ton of fun for a fraction of the cost. Maybe it's just me but I had a crazy good time on the minis:D.
 

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Any updates on the RC track project, curious what progress has been made? Starting in Nov I plan on prepping my RC for track day use only (seperate thread to follow).

Big recommendation is Ohlins suspension for the rear.
 
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