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Old 01-20-2011, 03:36 AM   #301
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Will do. Cant wait to see the bike at Laural Fork
see ya there...unless the weather calls for three days of rain, then i won't see ya there.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:46 AM   #302
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Thats a given. We need to change its name to The Laural Fork Rain Forest
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:32 AM   #303
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jump in there. the 250 is buildable and parts are cheap. 36mm is undersize by todays standards, so i would look for a larger set of forks that would swap in without much trouble or expense. look for forks in the kawasaki lineup, they often used the same steering stems and bearings between different bikes.

the newer R series uses a 17" wheel and might just swap right in to your 3rd gen model which means you might get SM size tires with a rear up front.

wheelbase isn't much different than the Versys/Ninja.

do your research. could be a cool project. 14k redline bike charging around on the gravel.
Speaking of research....

If you haven't looked at this site yet, you need to. Plug in your bike and get a list of what other forks will fit the headstock with a bearing swap
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #304
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There's a disclaimer on the rightside of the page at the top that states:

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The front-end conversion search is based on the bearing size ONLY! Stem length may vary from machine to machine making some combinations unworkable. As a result of front-end conversion, rake and trail may be altered, adversely affecting handling of the vehicle.

It's helpful but not very accurate! Basically, it's going to give you a starting point to begin searching for a combination that will work.

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Old 01-20-2011, 04:23 PM   #305
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Speaking of research....
that saves some time, thanks for putting up the link.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:29 PM   #306
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Check out this one
http://scandalon.com/2009/06/motorcy...iameter-chart/
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:39 PM   #307
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It's helpful but not very accurate! Basically, it's going to give you a starting point to begin searching for a combination that will work.
sanjoh said "speaking of research...", he didn't propose it as the bible for all things related to fork swaps. builders contemplating front end swaps on their project bikes are presumably smart enough to follow through on their own investigation, including feasibility, fitment, performance, and cost.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:43 PM   #308
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another good link. so which 36mm forks are you thinking about for the ex250?
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:45 PM   #309
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another good link. so which 36mm forks are you thinking about for the ex250?
Working on a deal for a set of Yamaha XT 350 Forks
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:04 PM   #311
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this will make your eyes water but add this one to the interchange reference stack: japanese bike axles, stems and forks again. our database is getting pretty comprehensive

http://www.clubchopper.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=77043
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:15 PM   #312
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sanjoh said "speaking of research...", he didn't propose it as the bible for all things related to fork swaps. builders contemplating front end swaps on their project bikes are presumably smart enough to follow through on their own investigation, including feasibility, fitment, performance, and cost.
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Plug in your bike and get a list of what other forks will fit the headstock with a bearing swap
Yes, but the rest of it reads like the listed forks will fit with a bearing swap. Just pointing out that isn't necessarily true!

Thanks!

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:00 PM   #313
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interesting, but i'd probably like your ex250 build better.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #314
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this will make your eyes water but add this one to the interchange reference stack: japanese bike axles, stems and forks again. our database is getting pretty comprehensive

http://www.clubchopper.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=77043

got a growing library here, thanks.

where's your Ninja build? LF will be coming up soon. get that lathe turning.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #315
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the Versys and 2006-08 650R radiators are different and also use a different cooling fan mount. the 2009 and up 650R uses the Versys radiator. if you remember, my parts bike is a 2008 650R and i'm using the Versys frame, so i either fabricate a bracket for the 650R radiator, or find a Versys model.

Versys front and 650R back.



the Versys and late model Ninja radiator is 40mm wider than the early Ninja unit. after mocking up a bracket, i decided that i didn't like that route, and found a used Versys size radiator. not cheap, but i can sell the other one.

i'll also need to fabricate a new radiator guard now.
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