Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle Mods and Maintenance

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-02-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
Atlas78
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 6
Default Fork swap for a '75 Suzuki TS185

I have a 1975 TS185. Great bike, had it forever. The front forks however have no oil left in them from never being rebuilt. I also have some left over parts from an old 400 Husqvarna (mid 80's i think) including the forks from it. Since they're much better shocks, i wanted to fit them onto the 185. Seems like they should fit up top, but i'm concerned about at hub. Mainly the axle. If anyone has any good info, it would be apprecieated. Thx
Atlas78 is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 06-03-2009, 07:23 AM   #2
pplassm
Founding Member
 
pplassm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 3,875
Default

Easier to find a front end off a TM125 and fit it to the 185. Should just about bolt on.

Cuddy?
__________________
Mongo just pawn in game of life.
pplassm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #3
sarnali2
Aging Cafe` Racer

 
sarnali2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719
Default

can't you just replace the seals and add oil to the Suzuki forks? That or find a Husky front wheel.
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2009, 11:09 AM   #4
Atlas78
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 6
Default

Replacing the seals wouldn't be an issue. With a little work, they would function fine. However, the Suzuki shocks have been beat to crap for past 30 years and look, um... less than good. Almost need to be re-chromed. The Husky shocks look almost new. Thats why i'm looking to see how difficult this plan would be.
Atlas78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2009, 12:59 PM   #5
mscuddy
MODERATOR X

 
mscuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Next to my still checkin the temp.
Posts: 5,449
Default

Get any set of 35mm forks and slide them in the triple clamps. Measure the forks topped out for the approx same length. Call Johnson & Wood Cycle Salvage at (81 558-5227. Talk to Bob or Al. Tell 'em Matt sent you. Don't forget the front wheel too (a 21 incher).

Or send your forks to Noleen Racing in Hesperia Ca. for a full rebuild and damper job, make 'em work like baby Cerianis. (760) 948-1677. Talk with Clark Jones, tell 'em I sent you.
__________________
A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
mscuddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
mscuddy
MODERATOR X

 
mscuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Next to my still checkin the temp.
Posts: 5,449
Default

Jeez I hate those little smiley faces. that is eight-one-eight.
__________________
A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
mscuddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2009, 01:06 PM   #7
mscuddy
MODERATOR X

 
mscuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Next to my still checkin the temp.
Posts: 5,449
Default

Oh and Husky forks from the Mid 80's would be a nightmare to fit in the steering head of your 185. And since Husky workers were sabotaging everything in the mid '80's at the advent of the Cagiva takeover, they are probably full of metal shavings anyway, and didn't work all that well to begin with.
__________________
A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
mscuddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2009, 10:08 AM   #8
Atlas78
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks for the info. Never heard that about Husky. Guess rebuild it is then.
Atlas78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off