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Thread: Anyone ever convert a telelever K-bike to leading link?

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    Anyone ever convert a telelever K-bike to leading link?

    Anyone ever consider doing this? None of the aftermarket leading-link manufacturers I've checked with have done this on a K-bike. Unit has done it with a GS, but they are not interested in doing the K. While I have a Steer-Lite conversion on my K it still isn't an optimum setup IMHO and since the center-hub setups are insanely expensive I'm thinking the next best option is convert to leading link and set the trail where I want it. Looking at the brick K1200GT front end, it would seem that the stock shock could be replaced by a sturdy strut of appropriate length then the stock fork tubes replaced by a custom-made set that would still use the stock lower ball-joint bridge and incorporate the leading-link setup and shock mounts. I have a local machine shop that does top-notch work and they would do any fabrication I need if I furnish them with the drawings.

    Upsides? Correct trail setup, possibly adjustable trail, move the front suspension out where it's accessible (the current aftermarket shock has to be removed in order to adjust the preload-- about 2 hrs work!), and assuming the parts are made beefy enough it may add some rigidity on the front end setup. Also could possibly convert the front to a car tire at the same time.

    Downsides? Looks and cost, and a lot of work, I guess--but that's why I'm asking if anyone's done this, so I hopefully can avoid the same problems or mistakes.

    Input and advice would be appreciated..

    Best,

    GTRider
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    Have you considered this telelever mod, moving the ball joint mount point .5"?



    http://www.dmcsidecars.com/Mountingh...-arm-trees.htm

    I have it on my "C" and I can one finger steer w/ no damper.

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    Yes, I have the Steer-Lite installed which relocates the bridge forward to reduce trail. That brings some issues on the GT, however--like the front fender touching the nose of the fairing at full suspension compression. And making any adjustments on the suspension is a royal pain as a preload adjustment requires removal of all the bodywork and the fuel tank, and removal of the front shock. Also, there is a limit to the trail change that can be done via the ball joint/fork bridge relocation. My rig steers well now but I think it could be better with just a bit less trail and a bit more rigidity on the front end.

    Best,

    GTRider
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    1983 R80ST -- 1988 K100RS (r.i.p.) -- 1995 R1100RSL (gone, never forgotten) -- 2004 K1200GT w/Hannigan S/C -- 2010 K1300GT

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    I once saw a setup like you're talking about. Its was a few years back so I'm working from memory. Seems like they did replace the shock with a strut. I think it was an EZS front end. You might google them and find something.

    Good luck

    Mike
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