Low Fender 91-95 GS Pic

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Martian, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    You're right, my bad, what was I looking at? The fact remains you won't find a lot of 19" either. Let's face it: regular DS front tire size is 21"! It's different with street tires ... obviously!
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  2. Martian

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    You're right.......there aren't many 19" DS tires, but I'm hoping that will change since so many of the newer bikes are using the 19" front tire. If I ever hit the lottery, I'll go with the 21" rim and shorten the tubes, etc. I'd love to have that setup! It should make the bike really stable.
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  3. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    Well, now you're dipping into front end geometry, something I have not heavily ventured into. 2-3in tube shortening will change rake and trail ... is all I know.
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  4. Martian

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    It'll be awhile before I can "invest" in a major front end rework. Winning the lottery is probably not going to happen; especially since I don't play it! I am not knowledgable about front end geometry, either, but I'll bet there are lots of people on here that would advise us if we ever decided to go nuts!

    I do appreciate all of your input.
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  5. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    I avoided major front end work and went with the stock Marzocchi GS fork with RaceTech GoldValve. To compensate for the longer travel/length upfront, I extend the swingarm moderately by 1.25" and used a fully adjustable Ohlins with a slightly increased spring rate to account for the swingarm extension. That took care of maintaining GS front end geometry. It improves the handling of a G/S significantly.

    It's all I personally require from a suspension system (when comparing available technology vs cost vs my riding abilities/style).
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  6. Martian

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    I received the fork brace and low fender today. The standard mounting holes for the brace do not line up on my forks, but it was a simple matter to drill four holes that do. The fender fits like a glove and looks good. I have "modified" the existing brake line to get it basically into position, but I need to fine tune that. The fender comes with one hole on the right side for the GS brakeline; I added a matching one on the left side for the crossover line. More than likely, I'll get a new line made once the final shape is determined. The camera was at home; so no pics today. I'll get some tomorrow. There is now 1 1/2" of clearance over the tire and 3/4" clearance on the sides.

    When I got home, there was a big package waiting for me. It was the 19" GS wheel complete with tire. I'll be able to get some measurements from it before I decide to undertake the changeout with mine.
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    I got everything back together yesterday, but once again, forgot the camera.:huh This morning I took these before and during a quick test ride.

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    There is about 1 1/2" of clearance between the top of the tire and the new fork brace. The new fender came with a hole for the brakeline on the right side, but to connect the crossover brake pipe, I had to make another hole on the left.

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    The line had to be bent straight, but had enough length to just barely make it. There is about 1/16" between the line and the fender.

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    So, with the new fender installed and the brakes bled, it was time to go for a ride.
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    I was concerned the brake line would rub on the fender, but it didn't. Everything worked well. This next week, I'm going to lace the 19" rim onto my hub. We'll see how that goes.
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