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Offline johnnychimpo

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Front fork options
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
Hey all, I just picked up a 76 XS500c and I am wondering if there are any contemporary front ends that would work on my soon to be cafe/brat/track bike.

The idea of the look of new and old has always appealed to me.

By the way... I will be adding pics and getting my bike's info on this site soon.

I will be posting tons of project questions. I hope you all don't get tired hearing from me.


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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 08:47:16 PM »
Alls Balls Bearings has a "conversion" utility that will tell you which front ends you can use on the xs500. That being said, you need to account for the length of the tree which makes things a little more difficult.

http://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion

I have gotten as far as getting the conversion list, however have not spent any time going through it to see which tree's would actually fit.

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 08:47:50 PM »
Thanks McTinkerson, we will start digging into the details!


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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 08:48:25 PM »
These guys will make you one custom to fit whatever you get out of the junkyard/craigslist/ebay: http://www.weissracing.com/main.html?src=%252F#2,0


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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 08:48:52 PM »
I am putting 41mm KYB upside down forks on my bike right now.


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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 08:49:44 PM »
I am getting closer with my latest project.My old drag bike is getting the dualsport[multi-sport?] treatment.YZ250 front and rear end.Still have some bugs and detailing to do.Then off to the DMV for updated title and antique tag.The details take a long time as we all know.


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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 08:50:22 PM »
It might make some of you cringe, but a Hyosung GT250R front end is a fairly easy swap. The stem is actually a bit shorter and narrower than the original Yamaha bit, but that can be easily corrected by pressing the Yamaha stem into the new lower tree. You can use the wheel from the Hyosung, or get new bearings for the original Yamaha wheel to fit the (15mm) Hyosung axle

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2013, 08:21:29 PM »
I don't think I ever posted a picture on this.

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 12:18:39 AM »
Post more! How does it handle with that setup?

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 01:46:49 AM »
Well, with the light wheels,ridgid forks,and wide handle bars it is extremely light/quick handling.I just need to get as much as I can out of the steering stops.Turning radius is sucky.
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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2014, 11:02:08 PM »
It might make some of you cringe, but a Hyosung GT250R front end is a fairly easy swap. The stem is actually a bit shorter and narrower than the original Yamaha bit, but that can be easily corrected by pressing the Yamaha stem into the new lower tree. You can use the wheel from the Hyosung, or get new bearings for the original Yamaha wheel to fit the (15mm) Hyosung axle

Sorry to start up and old topic, but was just wondering if you had much trouble pressing the old stem out? And which direction do you press it?

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 09:05:20 AM »
Digging up this old thread... very keen on doing this conversion and would love more details and feedback on how it rides! More pictures and a how to would be fantastic!

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2019, 09:33:54 AM »

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2019, 01:01:23 PM »
Should work.

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Re: Front fork options
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2019, 11:36:55 PM »
🤔 hmmm... good to know. What other front end swaps have people done out there? Wanting to try something but would like to see some real world examples and all the difficulties encountered... I imagine opens up a whole new world for modern calipers too...