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Old 05-02-2012, 04:36 AM   #1
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Steerite worth the $$ ?

Got my xs650 rig 99% done after riding it around doing shake down runs I have it tracking good and behaving as well as I think I can possibly get it. I got a quote for $675 for the steerite mod to my trees. I don't mind spending the money if it will make a significant difference. I will be using the rig to commute in dc traffic so the reduced effort would be nice. Anyone who as actually used them please chime in
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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I would first try a set of LEADING axle forks from another bike.I had a set of leading LINKS from DMC on my Vstrom and they worked great.On my new bike I put on a set of leading axle forks from a criuser model and they work just as well and cost me $40 !!!.


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Old 05-02-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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I would first try a set of LEADING axle forks from another bike.I had a set of leading LINKS from DMC on my Vstrom and they worked great.On my new bike I put on a set of leading axle forks from a criuser model and they work just as well and cost me $40 !!!.


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Could you elaborate a bit on your leading axle forks? Thanks
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Rather than the axle sliding through a hole with pinch bolts at the direct bottom of the sliders it is configured to the front of the slider. Some bikes it's even at the rear of the slider, so to make them leading you just turn them around, and maybe switch legs.

traditional:
https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/im...YhK73ZuBd1kgfA


leading axle:
http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/...s/CagivaE1.jpg


You might find sliders from a Virago or some other Yamaha cruiser has leading axle lowers.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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If your XS is a standard model you might find a XS1100 Special,I think they had leading axle forks.Make sure you get some that are the same dia as yours,you want to use YOUR tripple clamps,that way you are reducing the trail !!.


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Old 05-02-2012, 09:56 AM   #6
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My forks are 35mm all xs1100 forks are 37mm. Good idea though
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:29 AM   #7
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Did they put leading axle forks on the the 650 special??.Look at the specials from your year,you should find one with the dia you need.My bike is a GS850G,the L models from my year were the same dia.


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Old 05-02-2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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I had a 87 Virago that had LA forks and they were pretty small,that might work!!.


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Old 05-07-2012, 01:30 PM   #9
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http://omarsdtr.com/dttripletree.html

Found these think this may be a better option. Thoughts?
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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You wont go wrong with the steer rite. We use them from time to to. Great folks to work with. Say hello from Ckaude when you call them.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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The Steerite TT conversion was the single best thing I did to my GL1100/Ural rig....the rear wheel mod to accept a car tire was the second best thing I did and it was done by a guy who had a connection with the Smith's at Side Effects.

I have a degenerative issue in my C-spine that caused muscle degeneration in my shoulders and arms....Without the Steerite conversion, I would not be able to do the touring that I do.....I highly recommend it and the work is very professional...nice folks as well...

On the other hand, unless I was planning to live with a rig for a long time, I am not sure I would put that kind of money toward those kinds of alterations.

I believe DMC has some other options that are worth looking at also.

It is pretty hard to get back the money invested in a rig back when you sell it.

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Old 05-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #12
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Here is a idea for your front forks.

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #13
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Here is a idea for your front forks.

Thats one way to do it.Hows it work? nice frabricatinf!!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #14
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Not mine,I think it's aussie rig!!


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Old 05-12-2012, 10:00 AM   #15
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Think I'm just going to bite the bullet and send them a spare set of trees I have. I'ts just money right?
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