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Old 11-04-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Homemade leading link forks?

Has anyone made their own leading link forks? They seem pretty simple. Just wondering if anyone else has already tried it. Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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There are many that are through out these pages. You can find mine by using "search this tread" using { Dirt Floor Build }.

When I was building I read every build tread in "HACKS". It took a while but was worth it to have as many ideas as possible to make my decisions from. There is no one right way to do this Hack thing.

Have fun reading a lot, or have fun learning to read a lot.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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I was unable to find your link by searching.....could you post the link for me? Thanks



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There are many that are through out these pages. You can find mine by using "search this tread" using { Dirt Floor Build }.

When I was building I read every build tread in "HACKS". It took a while but was worth it to have as many ideas as possible to make my decisions from. There is no one right way to do this Hack thing.

Have fun reading a lot, or have fun learning to read a lot.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:30 AM   #4
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Here You Go!

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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I am still planning on building these bad boys! I'm working on my plans for them and brainstorming as we speak. There are so many great builds on this forum. It has been very helpful. I will post some pictures once I make some progress. I will likley just move this discussion to my build thread. Thanks for all the help guys!

Build- http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=830629&page=3
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Lots of home built leading links. Here's a photo of mine when they were nearly finished.


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Old 01-08-2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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It looks great!! Do you have any info on the build? Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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Leading Link Designs - Post Pics

Search this title here. I tried to post a link ,but can't.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:50 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=boxertwin;20430124]Lots of home built leading links. Here's a photo of mine when they were nearly finished.



Sure thing, Falcon. The forks are in the last pages of these photos: http://boxertwin.smugmug.com/Other/B...3115353_mTgc48
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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Leading Link Designs - Post Pics

Search this title here. I tried to post a link ,but can't.


Same as a pic' , just click three icons over to the left to link.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=308801



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Old 01-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #11
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That was an awesome build.....very inspiring! I'm sure I will have more question down the road, but right now I am wondering where did you get your brake stay rods? I am thinking about using a similar design. I didnt know if you made them or not. Thanks again.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #12
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One other question I have is can a bike with LL forks be ridden solo? If so how does it handle?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:02 PM   #13
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That was an awesome build.....very inspiring! I'm sure I will have more question down the road, but right now I am wondering where did you get your brake stay rods? I am thinking about using a similar design. I didnt know if you made them or not. Thanks again.
Thank you for the kind words on the build. The 'brake stay rod' assembly are left and right rod ends (heim joints) with radius rods in between. The radius rods are pre-fabbed with female left and right threads. A jam nut goes on each heim joint thread to lock it all in place. Once the jam nuts are loose, turn the radius rod one way and the heim joints thread in making the whole assembly shorter, turn the other way and the heim joints thread out making it all longer. I get them from Rod End Supply in Kansas.
Here: http://www.rodendsupply.com/index.php
http://www.rodendsupply.com/radius-rod-length-guide.php

If memory serves me those are 5/16" diameter shaft rod ends with 5/16" bore holes. If you need me to do so, I can measure them.

Rod End Supply also sells Weld-In Bungs. You can use those when you making your adjustable length upper struts from the bike to the car.

You can also source this stuff from any race, machine, or off road supply like Summit Racing, McMaster Carr, etc.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #14
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One other question I have is can a bike with LL forks be ridden solo? If so how does it handle?
There's plenty of experts here on the subject that can chime in. I don't think the problem is so much in riding a bike with leading links, in fact many bikes have been manufactured with link forks. I think the problem is in the fact when you build leading links for a sidecar rig you do so with the intention (and geometry) of significantly reducing the trail, which makes the solo bike a death trap.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:41 PM   #15
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some LL have two positions for the swivel location, solo and hack
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