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Old 05-11-2008, 01:19 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Nick Makwell
1. change gearbox to slash 5 4-speed with kickstart (and remove electric start)
2. install a monolever final drive/swingarm and go to one rear shock
3. use a K75 or similar 3-spoke mag rear wheel
4. change front end (which is bent) to a Suzuki SV650 or something similar, even a Suzuki GS500 with one disc

can I do 1-4 without any BIG dramas?
There will always be big dramas on stuff like this.

The kick will work OK. You might get tired of it. You'll have to either go to the early flywheel and clutch or make some other conversions because the /5 tranny isn't 100% compatible with your clutch. But you can get the kicker in an '81-on 5-speed tranny also, which will just bolt on.

You'll have to use an '85-on Airhead monolever and final drive. Then it's mostly a bolt-on. Otherwise you'll have to adapt the driveshaft and so forth. Remember you'll have to work out the rear brake, since all of the monolever Airheads were drum and the 3-spoke wheels are all for disk.
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