Mixmatching brands for parts

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Andyvh1959, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    I have noticed the Brits and riders in Europe (since it seems they keep a lot of older bikes on the road), are quite adept at mixing the good parts from various brands (usually all Japanese, or all British) to whatever bike they are building. Kawwy parts on Suzukis, or Yamaha parts on Hondas. Makes me wonder if they have some resources or knowledge we don't have. Like which steering head sets fit which bikes, swingarms, etc.

    I especially like modern suspensions grafted to older bikes, it just opens up a new world of cool old bike possibilities.

    It seems to be growing more here in the US with the popularity of cafe racers, bobbers, rat bikes, street fighters, etc.
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  2. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I keep thinking there has got to be an easier and cheaper way to put good brakes on the front of an airhead.
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  3. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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  4. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    That is exactly what I did here, 71 H1b Kawasaki with a 93 GSXR front and rear suspension. It's easily doable given enough time, money and research





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  5. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    No luck on that clubchopper website. I tired it a couple of times and nothing came up.
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  6. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    still a long ways to go on my project. Yamaha FJ forks, Suzuki 4shoe brakes on a '71 R75/5 BMW

    quite a lot of info in airheads on putting different forks on GS models here in ADV. and several have modern upsidedown forks on thier beemers
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  7. Rob Farmer

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    Most of the guys I know just "suck it and see" with parts and then see if they can be made to fit. There's a lot of parts borrowing and a lot of parts laying about that didn't fit anything.

    The first one I did in the 80s was a suzuki gt550 front end into a 64 triumph t120r. Worked great and gave me a decent twin disk front end for not much cash.
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  8. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave blame Reaver...

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    It helps to have access to a good motorcycle wrecking yard or 2.

    I was looking to repair the swing arm pivot on my '82 Yamaha Maxim and couldn't find parts for it at a reasonable price. I made a drawing with accurate measurements and went to a local yard. As luck would have it, they had just finished tearing down a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 that was an insurance write-off. The frame and swing arm were still waiting to be dis-assembled. I measured and found that the critical dimensions were very close or identical. A deal was struck and a month later, and about the same $ out of pocket, my bike now has a modern linkage rear suspension. I guess one could now call my bike a Yamahaki Maxima. :D

    Necessity, augmented with some creativity, is the mother of all creations. :deal
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  9. headednw

    headednw Been here awhile

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    Kinda the other Direction ..........complete mutt .....GSXR , Duc , Old Kawi , Bimota , Moto-Martin , off the shelf and fabbed and refabbed bits , S&S etc etc

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  10. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    One invaluable source of information on what can fit what are factory parts and service manuals. Long before hot-rodding cars became big business it was common practice to peruse the specifications for different manufacturers to find a hotter cam that could fit into your engine without needing much of a re-work. The same is true of pistons, and even heads. I've seen (but not done myself) tractor restorations that used truck pistons because the next oversize tractor piston was NLA.
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