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Hi all
I did search but all i could find was info on drilling the clamp.
i have a stock 97 600 srad and looking for a top clamp. I think there are 3 ways.
1 one of another bike
2 drill my stock clamp and remforce it
3 pay £300 for a kit ie top clamp plus loads of other bits.


does any body know what other makes and model of factery drilled top clamps would fit my forks as i wont to keep the stock one in case i change it back.

i think there is a breakers near me so my be able to find soming to use.

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Looking at ebay UK listings there are two '97 GSXR upper triple clamps listed for £9.64 and £13.53, the more expensive one of which is already drilled.

There are more listed on ebay U.S., but that may require being ordered by a CF member here and shipped on to Scotland, which would still be considerably less expensive and time intensive than having a custom unit made.

As to reinforcing it, a method I have used several times is as follows: clean up the pockets in the underside of the triple clamp including any casting flash, coat them with several applications of car wax, and fill any open holes such as the drillings for the clamp bolts with wax or silicone to conform to the interior profile of the pockets. Once prepped, fill the two negative spaces with plaster of paris, remembering to insert the heads of two 6mm bolts into the wet plaster to aid in their removal. Once the two positives are removed they can be used to make a pair of sand cast aluminum plugs that can be bonded into the pockets with a high strength epoxy such as JB Weld or Marine Tex. Since the casting will shrink a small amount as it cools that will leave enough room for the epoxy to fill any voids and produce a good strong bond. In total they would add about a pound to the weight of the triple clamp but would be quite strong. They will look something like this:
GSXR600 triple clamp reinforcement illustration.jpg

No facilities for casting? No problem. Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and design, Dundee university has the necessary equipment to do the castings, and I'm sure there are quite a few more venues relatively close to you capable of doing it.

Other possibilities:
http://makeworks.co.uk/browse/process/casting

http://ssw.org.uk/?p=321

http://www.specialisedcastings.co.uk/

Also, many high schools and junior colleges with metal shop or art classes have the necessary equipment to sand cast. That is where I have gone to get them cast.

Have fun!

Rob
 

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My look for a good undamaged 2rd hand at a bike scrap yard then fill the under side with some blocks of alu or steel and jb weld.
Shame the cast top clamp cant be welded. I asked a welder about it.
 

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use yer stock one(it can change back just with some plugs in tha holes ya drill)

bondo inside tha webs underneath sand smooth if ya want it fancy,turn uprite mark and drill holes ta suit yer risers.use penny washers underneath ~do it rite tha first time tho ;).

 

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Drilled and filled.... Get it? Drilled and filled. Hahahahaha.

But yea I Used jb weld to fill it before but that shits expensive. used the stuff fdup used on his bike, pc7 epoxy I think it's called and it's been good thru several hard landed wheelies and couple weeks of commuting


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I dont have a shed or garage as the bike is left at the road side. I am just getting parts then at some point i will do the change over as i am still riding it. So a 2rd hand camp means i can fill and drill but still ride the bike.
 

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I dont have a shed or garage as the bike is left at the road side. I am just getting parts then at some point i will do the change over as i am still riding it. So a 2rd hand camp means i can fill and drill but still ride the bike.
If you are going from clipons to riser bars you are going to need more than just the top clamp. Longer brake lines for sure and possibly longer throttle/clutch cables depending how much slack there is now.
 

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If you are going from clipons to riser bars you are going to need more than just the top clamp. Longer brake lines for sure and possibly longer throttle/clutch cables depending how much slack there is now.
that's a thinking bloke ! REPT!
 

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If you are going from clipons to riser bars you are going to need more than just the top clamp. Longer brake lines for sure and possibly longer throttle/clutch cables depending how much slack there is now.
What i have seen the throttle line should be ok if i re-route them. But going to look at bandit clutch and choke cable and my be brake lines if they are the same fit ment as the size should be ok.
going to make a bracket for the cl8cks a rig up a new head light.
 

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Made an offer on a 2001 600 srad top clamp at £5 and see if not it be £10 plus £3 p&p then i can beef it up then look for the clamps ect.
 

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Got the new top clamp at my work so i can get some 6mm or 8mm alu blocks cut on the plasma and if i am lucky welded in or epxyed in.
 
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