CB160 Front Axle???

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by spddmn, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. spddmn

    spddmn Been here awhile

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    I have a 1966 CB160. The forks that were on the bike when I got it had a lot of pitting on the tubes, so I got another set of forks, but the new ones are a little later year (I'm guessing 1968. The forks fit on the bike just fine, but the problem is that the old 1966 front axle I'm using is not working on the newer 1968 forks. The right (when on the bike) fork leg has a bigger axle hole on the bottom than the 1966 forks do. My question is... Is a 1968 front axle bigger on the threaded end than a 1966 front axle? If it is different, than I'll just find a 68 front axle and everything will go together just fine, but if its the same as 1966, then I don't understand why the axle hole on the lower fork leg is bigger,and I'll have to have a spacer made. Any help would be great. Thanks
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  2. mike in idaho

    mike in idaho Been here awhile

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    Are the fork legs alloy or steel? The later alloy lower fork legs have a removable cap on each side and use a spacer on the threaded end of the axle(looks kind of like a spool).
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  3. spddmn

    spddmn Been here awhile

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    They are alloy fork legs, and exactly as you describe them. Where can I get that spacer that I need? Is that a Honda part??? Thanks
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  4. mike in idaho

    mike in idaho Been here awhile

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    Took mine apart and measured: diameter on the ends is 1.026 inches, center diameter is .825 inches, axle hole is .591. Overall length is 1.263 inches and the length of the center diameter is 1.140 inches. Hope this helps.
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