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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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19" Wheel Conversion

HI,

I am in the process of doing the Vstrom 19" wheel conversion in preperation for a trip to Morocco next year and need to get the discs turned down to 300mm, my local machine shop is saying that they need to come off the carrier so that he can hold them, which would mean replacing the bobbins.
My question is has anyone had them machined while on the carrier ?

Any help much appreciated.
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking it was balone too, but just wanted to check with someone who had done this already. Will try somewhere else next week.

Wheel was from ebay UK, have been looking for ages, they are like rocking horse poo over here.

Enjoying your trip report JD, all those pictures bring back good memories of my TAT trip in 07, keep it coming.......
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Is the world getting smaller or bigger when it takes someone from half way around the world to tell me local stuff I didn't know about. I remember when I was riding down to start the TAT I met several riders in Virginia and Tennessee who had not heard of it.......!!!!!

I do know of someone over here doing the 19" and DRZ conversion like you but don't know him nor any of his plans, but will try a post on the other V forum as more Brits seem to use that.

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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 02:48 PM
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Just curious, what is the advantage of a larger diameter wheel in off road riding?

I test drove a VStrom before buying the Versys and found the steering much slower and less responsive on pavement but never road it off road either.
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I am sure others here are more qualified to answer this but my reasons are to enable the wheel to roll over obsticles better off pavement and a wider tyre choice for off pavement too.

Yes it probabilly will slow the steering down but the V is so quick anyway. I am planing to run 17" for pavement and 19" off pavement.

Hope this helps.
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post #6 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, already done the R1 shock, what a difference, brilliant mod and had a go a softening the fork shim stack too but I think I need to go in again but was going to wait until the 19 is on. Hopefully will get is sorted soon.
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i have a quick question... i am trying to figure out why the DL1000 is the "go-to" wheel for the conversion...like what are the specs I should be looking for.

The reason I ask is, I have a 1983 honda shadow 750 19inch front wheel that has dual rotors and would LOVE it if that would work as well. I am guessing that what I am looking for is spacing of the rotors and axles size, right?

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post #8 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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synthetic fork oil if you're not already using it.

be sure to come back with a photo when you get everything together.
What difference does synthetic fork oil make ???
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post #9 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 09:33 PM
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does anyone have a picture of a V with 19" wheel?
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does anyone have a picture of a V with 19" wheel?
Here ya go ...






If your not living on the EDGE ... Your taking up to much SPACE ... !!!

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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 08:21 AM
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DL1000 wheel because of 20mm axle, only 5mm variance o/o on rotors compared to Versys, proven tough and durable wheel, and readily available until more recently. stock Versys calipers are used with a small shim, no adapter. machine work is inexpensive.

additionally, the three spoke DL front is easily combined with a three spoke rear if you want a matching wheel set.

the whole thing is cheap with used parts.
You mentioned before about the sv650 rear, three spoke wheel. Is the wheel design a match for the 3 spoke dl1000 or just similar in that they both have three spokes? Do you need the sprocket carrier for the sv650 as well? Thanks.
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You mentioned before about the sv650 rear, three spoke wheel. Is the wheel design a match for the 3 spoke dl1000 or just similar in that they both have three spokes? Do you need the sprocket carrier for the sv650 as well? Thanks.
They are a match ...

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post #13 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the 19" front on the other day with a Fullbore M40 tyre on, what a difference it makes off the road (sorry pavement).






I still have to finish a few things off and am undecided about which rear wheel to use as this bike has ABS and was thinking of keeping that and making it switchable, V-Strom owmers do this, but the SV rear has a 5 bolt disc and the V a 4 bolt so fitting the ABS ring could be tricky. Am still running a old Roadsmart at the moment but will fit the rear M40 nearer my departure date for Morocco on March.

Have also found some wide footpegs that drop straight in once the hole is opened up.



And they even work with lowering blocks too.



Got them off evilbay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2906101439...84.m1438.l2649

This is still a work in progress and would like to thank all those for their help and info on this.

Thanks

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Just FYI - Suzuki DR650 'pegs attach with no problems. The DR bolt size is smaller, but I've ridden quite a few miles with them on my '09 on stock sized bolts. (I had the DR 'pegs on my KLR before I sold it, and decided to try them on the V before selling them, and now I'm KEEPING them!)
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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=83034
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there is a company making a true dual sport wheel set for the versys now! using a 19/17 excel wheel and custom hub....im very close to buying a 2012 and tossing them on and probably selling my KLR.
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Thats sounds very interesting how much to get the two wheel changed out, hubs, wheels, spokes, lacing, truing and tires?




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there is a company making a true dual sport wheel set for the versys now! using a 19/17 excel wheel and custom hub....im very close to buying a 2012 and tossing them on and probably selling my KLR.

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Appox 1500 bucks complete. worth it. I hate cast wheels for anything off road. one wrong move and your walking. plus the VERSYS looks way cool with the spoked wheel setup. Here's a shot of er!

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Appox 1500 bucks complete. worth it. I hate cast wheels for anything off road. one wrong move and your walking. plus the VERSYS looks way cool with the spoked wheel setup. Here's a shot of er!

Here is my version with RAD mfg hubs and Excel wheels. Took about 30 mins to do the conversion. Easy!
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The problem is with cast wheels they don't bend, they crack! I would rather bend a wheel, keep air in it and ride home with a wobble, than ding a rock at speed that cracks your cast wheel and your walking back...

Oh, JD, im not talking about single track etiher, more of fast fire roads with some loose rocks etc. I have a plated crf for blastin the single track. but im just very weary about the cast wheels..I know you have been EVERYWHERE on yours. My buddy back here has a varadero and destroyed a wheel on the trans lab, was stranded in the middle of B.F.N. for hours. No cell service, never rented the sat phone and no vehicles passed. he was contemplating walking, but waited and got picked up later.

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I was not scared at all of the cast wheels. I simply could not find one when I decided to make the switch. So I opted for the spoked version. JD won't steer you wrong. His track record with the cast wheels speaks for itself. That's JDrocks not Jack Daniels! Don't listen to Jack Daniels!
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