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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 04-11-2015, 03:55 PM   #81
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Had to send some titanium to the gun drilling shop. May as well get started on the front end conversion.

Got a new tool to try out.



Been thinking about adjustable triples for this bike. When raising the rear of my RZ350, I noticed the fork rake getting steeper and was wishing I had gone with some adjustable triples.

So, I started looking into adjustable triples - and got some bad news. I mistakenly thought they would adjust the rake - but they don't. They only move the trail forward or backward. Maybe that will help compensate for a steeper rake, but I'm not sure. I think only Ducati has an adjustable (rake) steering head.

I do have some adjustable triples in mind, just have to take measurements and figure out how to make them fit before I pull the trigger. My original plan was to use some custom billet triples, but sometimes function wins over style. Of course... I prefer to have both!
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Races came right out using the new tool. Now, I can measure for conversion bearings.

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Those tools are always a blast to use. Replacing headsets was my favorite repair working in bike shop. Whack the pusher to pop out the top race just right, it would pop out, arc up to ceiling while you put down the tool,. then come down just in time for yah to catch it. Some of the other stuff bike shops have to that (bearing presses, crown race removers) are also fun to use.
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Those tools are always a blast to use. Replacing headsets was my favorite repair working in bike shop. Whack the pusher to pop out the top race just right, it would pop out, arc up to ceiling while you put down the tool,. then come down just in time for yah to catch it. Some of the other stuff bike shops have to that (bearing presses, crown race removers) are also fun to use.

Yeah, just used this other tool to remove the ball race from an R6 lower triple.



Ordered some roller bearings from All Balls to see how things fit with used OEM R6 parts that I have.
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I was so lazy, I didn't even bother pulling the bearing races off of my Street Triple forks. I just got a whole new set of triples made up!

It's not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.

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I'd like to remove the steel steering lock from the aluminum frame.

Will probably chrome and TiN coat it, then put it back on after the frame is done.

Would be nice to tap the holes and use titanium hardware to secure it.

It may interfere with the new triples, so it may have to go.

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Been thinking about adjustable triples for this bike. When raising the rear of my RZ350, I noticed the fork rake getting steeper and was wishing I had gone with some adjustable triples.

So, I started looking into adjustable triples - and got some bad news. I mistakenly thought they would adjust the rake - but they don't. They only move the trail forward or backward. Maybe that will help compensate for a steeper rake, but I'm not sure. I think only Ducati has an adjustable (rake) steering head.

I do have some adjustable triples in mind, just have to take measurements and figure out how to make them fit before I pull the trigger. My original plan was to use some custom billet triples, but sometimes function wins over style. Of course... I prefer to have both!
I had Kosman adjustable trples on my 1000 and was quite pleased. Amazing what small 5mm incremental changes in those eccentrics would do
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I had Kosman adjustable trples on my 1000 and was quite pleased. Amazing what small 5mm incremental changes in those eccentrics would do
There's a few aftermarket adjustable triples I'm looking at. The problem is fitting them to the RZV500 frame using modern (R6) forks. So, I have to work it out.


Also looking at full custom adjustable triples. Probably the best way to go - but even more complicated to design properly.

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Found out these 3 rivets are threaded. That should make it easier to change to titanium hardware.

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Kawasaki zxr7rr also had adjustable steering head and swingarm height. Pretty freaking cool for what's now a vintage bike

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