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[*] posted on 9-12-2003 at 20:28
Extended front forks?



Hey everybody! Been out of touch for a few days. What's new? Ok so I've been brainstorming to modify my bike again (DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!!!) and I would really like to install longer forks in prep of raking/stretching my frame. My question is does anyone have any experience with this or suggestions? I have seen many posts relating to sportbike or cafe style swaps, but I'm leaning more towards the chopper look. I'd like to keep the stock triple trees and retain my guages, but I would be willing to part with them. I beleive I read on an old thread that stock tubes are 34 mm. Is this accurate? I saw some custom tubes on ebay, but with no suspension/ hocks, but I would really like to have some suspension in the front if only for astetic puposes. Also I'd like to add a 21" wheel to front and go to a 16" or 17" in rear after swapping swingarm to an 84 gpz 750. I realize this is gonna throw the speedo way off, any help there? Can I find speedo worm gears that will fit a KZ with a different ratio? Any help with any of this would be appreciated!!

[Edited on 10-12-2003 by Aric]




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[*] posted on 9-12-2003 at 20:41


Dunno about the forks, but....

I know canyondancer (member here) can recalibrate the speedo for you. Not sure if he can recalibrate it for such a large difference in wheel sizes, but I think his charge is $85 per gauge for refurb and recalibration. Speaking from experience, putting a speedo back together after taking it apart (which you'd have to do to change worm gears anyway) is neither trivial nor enjoyable. So yeah...

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[*] posted on 9-12-2003 at 20:57


Thanks I'll ask him. He lives not to far from me and I email him from time to time.



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[*] posted on 9-12-2003 at 21:47


For fork tubes, contact Forks By Frank.

http://www.frankmain.qpg.com/

You might want to take a caliper to your tubes and verify the size.




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[*] posted on 10-12-2003 at 17:45


Thanks Sandracer. I sent him a message, let's see what he says. Anubody else got any ideas?:)



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[*] posted on 10-12-2003 at 19:37


Aric ~ Your response may come from a "she" instead. Frank passed away some time ago. The last I heard, his wife was still running the business. Regardless, Frank's has been "the" source for quality fork tubes for the chopper crowd for several decades.



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