R1100GS fork swap & more or my HPF build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fab418, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    More pictures of the painter please.
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  2. advNZer?

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    where/what are the new headlights from?
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  3. DRjoe

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    What he said
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  4. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    Ebay, CBR 400. With xenon kit which I don't recommend. I would rather go with standard high output bulbs. Xenon messes up the RID and the light pattern is not great with the CBR400 housing.
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  5. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    Unfortunately she's camera shy.:cry
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  6. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    94 GS has a steel telelever. Simple as that. But I wish I'd weld steel to alu.
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  7. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Got it.
    It sure looked like you were cutting an alumnium A-arm in the pic on the band saw. My bad though.

    Still lovin the build.
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  8. sportbiker929

    sportbiker929 Been here awhile

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    said in my best trading places jail cell voice " YEAH"
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  9. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    No offense but personally I be scare shitless of riding that bike, that "Mast" is a aluminum casting, not even close to be strong enough to hold such a load on his own, not even mentioning the way the new steer tube is attach to it (as nice of a weld you as it is) is just to weak of a junction.


    I just hope you don't get really hurt when the fork comes apart..:deal
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  10. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    Ok. First, all aluminum is cast. You cannot not cast aluminum. It's how it's put into solid state :deal. Billet is made from cast alloy. Different treatments are available to strengthen it. Cast alloy IS weldable.

    Now a quick update on how things are holding up after 6000km of uncompromised ridding.

    1-No weld shows any visible sign of failure (cracks or deformation).

    2-There's enough criss-crossed welds to provide a gradual faillure if it ever happens.

    3-The small 10mm bolt that sits below the bunch of electrical connectors and on the top rear end of the front frame is straight as it ever was. Remember that this bolt is the one that is the most likely item to possibly fail IMO.

    Sure, there is always a risk in doing a thing like this but I knew this already and made calulations and got help from other people along the way.

    Bottom line: Me and the bike are still in one piece and having a boatload of fun along the way. Please post when you have facts to share not when you're desperate because people stopped looking at your "the end is near" sign and you feel you'd come here to get a new audience. PLEASE.
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  11. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    anything else to report Fab?
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  12. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    Sadly, the bike is sold. Last August. I got news last week: new owner needed info on which year the forks in order to change the seals.

    To wrap things up, I bought a 1190R and I can say that my gs had a better suspension set up And felt more agile off road. The power of the ktm is something else though. Btw the ktm is on the flea market now if interested pm me. Just bought an airhead. Customization starting fall 2015:deal
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  13. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    bummer .... im looking for a airhead to ... cant wait to see what you do
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