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

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-16-2009, 11:44 AM   #1
hurley_209
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Default adapting front calipers, mounting?help

hey guys, im looking to mount some calipers on a set of forks with no calipers mounts, does anybody sell adapter brackets or something to mount caliper?
i was thinking if not i could make something that wrapped around the fork tube and clamped shut and tight with a bolt. and on one side would have the mounting tabs for the caliper.

any info would be great. thanks!
hurley_209 is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 10-16-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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

Your best bet is going to be to find some lower fork legs with the mounting boss in place, I would be really hesitant in trying to ****** up some kind of bolt on caliper mount. I would imagine any kind of clamp on deal would clamp off the first time you really had to lay into the brakes. Most likely the caliper would spin with the disc ripping the brake line and spraying pressurized brake fluid all over the front wheel.

I had a similar situation with a 6 over springer with no fender mounts. I clamped a nice looking shorty chrome fender on there that promptly shook itself loose over some train tracks, slid down and lock the front wheel. The springer buckled launching me and the bike face first into the blackberry bushes...

Not a pretty sight
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...

Last edited by sarnali2 : 10-16-2009 at 01:10 PM.
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
Kenneth_Moore
Registered Member
 
Kenneth_Moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: VIsiting the GIft Shop in the Pit of DIspair
Posts: 7,118
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hurley_209 View Post
hey guys, im looking to mount some calipers on a set of forks with no calipers mounts, does anybody sell adapter brackets or something to mount caliper?
i was thinking if not i could make something that wrapped around the fork tube and clamped shut and tight with a bolt. and on one side would have the mounting tabs for the caliper.

any info would be great. thanks!
This is a terrible idea. Forget it, you'll kill yourself with a kludge like that.

Find a front end from a bike with calipers that will fit, or replace the lower fork tubes. My guess is you have an older bike with a drum brake; usually later models came along with disc brakes. Maybe you can find a used front end from a bike like that.
__________________
www.kennethmoore.org
Kenneth_Moore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
hurley_209
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Default

would i be able to use any lower fork tube?
sorry i just got my first bike and this is all new to me.
i assume there is many different sizes?

the reason for wanting to do the swap is to lower my front end.
instead of swapping, can i cut my springs? ive seen some other guys do it and seems to work

Last edited by hurley_209 : 10-16-2009 at 01:30 PM.
hurley_209 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 02:02 PM   #5
The_AirHawk
Founding Member
 
The_AirHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sarnali2 View Post
The springer buckled launching me and the bike face first into the blackberry bushes...

Not a pretty sight
I don't think you were "pretty" BEFORE the Crash.

Or mebbe you were - that was a long time before MO, and I don't know what way you swung back then..........
__________________
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 02:08 PM   #6
The_AirHawk
Founding Member
 
The_AirHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hurley_209 View Post
would i be able to use any lower fork tube?
sorry i just got my first bike and this is all new to me.
i assume there is many different sizes?

the reason for wanting to do the swap is to lower my front end.
instead of swapping, can i cut my springs? ive seen some other guys do it and seems to work
What is the diameter of your current stanchions? Might be several forks that could easily slip-into the triples. Of course, then it becomes a whole 'nother ballgame tryin' to find a front wheel that will fit between your "new" forks newfound home and center-distance............

Not exactly the first moto-projekt I'd like to tackle, but doable if you're willing to do some legwork and are "handy" with tools. Specifically machine-tools.

If not - I'd find something different for your first try at customization.

Seriously.
__________________
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 02:30 PM   #7
hurley_209
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Default

i THINK, i could cut them, doesnt seem to hard.
although im new to the motorcycle scene, ive worked on classic cars and custom fabs, so i should be able to figure it out.

do you guys have any tips for pulling out the fork springs?
hurley_209 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 02:53 PM   #8
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Remove the springs? Yeah. Remove the caps on the tops of the tubes. Watch for the caps and springs to "sproing" out of the tubes.

You sound like you are trying to customize a motorcycle even though you know nothing about them. A true recipe for disaster. Things like "rake" and "trail" are likely to bite the shyt out of you.
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
hurley_209
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Default

ya, your probably right, but there is only one way to learn right, ask, read, and try.fail, then try again.lol. plus the bike is a project, so it wont be ridden until everthing is good to go 100%.

plus, thats why i decided to join the forum, the advice from experienced riders like you guys is highly appreciated.
hurley_209 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 03:06 PM   #10
The_AirHawk
Founding Member
 
The_AirHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491
Default

What reason is it you are cutting the fork-springs, again?
__________________
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk 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