80 Sportster Enduro Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JonnyH913, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. JonnyH913

    JonnyH913 Been here awhile

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    Hello all!
    I had a friend of mine reach out to me that is huge in the build projects. He currently has a 1980 Sportster and is wanting to swap that over to an enduro build. He discovered that the 39mm fork tubes on a 1983-1987 Honda XL600R are a direct fit. He only needs the front end. Tubes, rotor, caliper, master cylinder, etc. Basically the whole front end.
    Any one offer any assistance on where on God's green earth he could find these parts?
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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Likely the big auction site that starts with an e
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  3. JonnyH913

    JonnyH913 Been here awhile

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    I figured as much. Just trying to exhaust all options for him
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  4. nervous

    nervous 2009 R1200GS

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    For the same reason you're here I'd start frequenting any XR sites youi can find and asking the same questions. These are a few I found in a couple minutes of looking and I am sure there are many more. There's also a lot of used bike parts yards and sellers out there you just have to do some digging. They may even be networked like auto pats yards are. National Craigslist searches?

    https://www.facebook.com/Xl600NO

    https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/1008607-honda-xl600r-problems/

    https://bikez.com/msgboard/msg.php?id=12767&type=bike


    E-mail to them?

    https://www.xrsonly.com/
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  5. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    That fork is woefully inadequate on an xl600 what's it going to do under a Harley? Flop around?
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  6. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    There are oe hd fork choices up to 49mm ,you could then use resprung Drz forks .
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  7. CopyCat

    CopyCat Help me, I'm poor Supporter

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    KTM forks are pretty much a bolt-in. Im using 98 WP 5060 50mm conventionals. Easy peasy. Heck, no need to change the bearings. JTH used KTM on his
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  8. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    DR600 Suzuki forks are 39mm as well
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  9. plugeye

    plugeye MC responder

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    39mm triple trees on sportsters werent until 1987
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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    I'd be looking for an over sized rotor...maybe even two rotors to slow that HD down.

    Honda going to weigh ....swag here....320 lbs ??

    HD....lot's more..... 529.1 pounds.......just sayin.

    Had to go an over size rotor on my Honda XR650R for riding Dual sport street rides.
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  11. JonnyH913

    JonnyH913 Been here awhile

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    I couldn't agree more. It's going to be a heavy sucker. Definitely wouldn't be an enduro build that I personally would pursue, but hes excited about it and loves making custom rides.
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  12. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    The newer sportster 48 models use a 49mm fork tube.

    If You got a set of those triples, you could use many many different inverted style front ends. Not sure if the steering stem and all that are the same size, but it would be something to look at.

    Back in the day, we used this triple to put a set of Buell Ulysses forks on a sportster.

    Just ideas
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