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Old 10-21-2012, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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F3 Wheel/fork swap

I am in the process of getting started swapping onto my thruxton cbr f3 wheels and forks.The reasons being I really would like to have better brakes, tire selection and it kind of looks cool. Since my thruxton has the electronic speedo I am hoping to do this swap with the minimal amount of changes besides the forks,wheels, clip-ons and mirrors. I also want to be being able to swap back if I want to so all the bearings/ spacers will be new parts.

I have been searching the forum a lot and trying to glean all the information on this project, there seems to be a lack of pictures so as I do this I am going to try and take a bunch to document it. Also if anyone who has done this sees me going off in the wrong direction would appreciate a heads up..

So far I have accumulated all the parts I need besides the clip-ons, mirrors, front axle and brake rotors. I have torn down the forks,painted the lowers and replaced all the bushings and seals. I just got the f3 cush drive machined and the thruxton spacer as well. The next step will be getting the rims powder coated. I attached a before picture, pictures of the forks torn apart and rebuilt and before and after pictures of the cush drive bearings and spacers. The triumph one is the darker colored spacer.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good luck with the F3 fork and wheel swap. I've been interested in this as well, particularly for the lighter wheels and more choices of aggressive rubber. Please keep us updated on your progress!
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just got the rims back from powder coating. Next step is to get a jack and remove the wheels and stuff from the thruxton and gather up the remaining small parts. Attached a picture of the rims and sprocket carrier with thruxton bearing installed
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'll follow along with this because I'd love to do the same thing. What mods are necessary to make the rear wheel work?
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just did the rear wheel.



http://www.triumphrat.net/members/al...ture7139-a.jpg

Since I'm all about 'go your own way', I didn't use the triumph cush drive bearing/turn the cush drive housing in a lathe method...way too much work IMHO. I used the honda cush drive as is and had a cush drive spacer made up that was identical to the stock honda one - only with the axle hole made to triumph specs.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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looks really good, did you have to mess with the wheel spacers at all to keep the rear wheel centered? I thought about going the spacer in the honda bearing also but I found a retired machinist who did it really reasonably.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Did they put your rear tire on backwards not realizing you are running the rim backwards? I am kind of dreading trying to explain to the shop how to mount the tires lol
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The wheel seems pretty centered using the stock triumph axle spacers, but I am having a little bit of caliper drag so I might have to shift it a bit one way or another...the rear rotor was a little hot, but not scorching after riding a few miles. The sprocket lines up perfect, so I'm hoping its just my caliper's piston not retracting fully...

I didn't have an issue with the shop mounting up the front tire backwards...just tell them what you want and if they screw it up, have them fix it or not get paid! The rear is indeed running backwards right now. The tire came on the wheel and I've yet to trade it out. Turns out that tire is a brand new dunlop, but it'll get sold to a track junkie so I can fit a pirelli thats matched to the front tire (Diablo Rosso II).

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Sweet sounds good, can't wait to get the rest done! Snow on the ground here so a test run might be months away..as far as johns question all I know so far to make the rear rim fit all you have to do is either bore out the Honda cush drive to accept the triumph bearing and then turn down the triumph spacer to match the Honda one, or make a sleeve for the Honda bearing and spacer so the triumph axle will fit snug in them and then possibly mess with the wheel spacers a little.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Pissed of beyond belief, when I bought my front "600 f3" rim I just ran a tape measure quick from lip to lip and was like ok, 17in I'm good. Not even thinking to measure from where the tire sits on the rim so now I am stuck with a 16" sungold cbr 900 rim and will have to get another rim and have it powder coated, I can be such a dumbass sometimes..Sucks when it costs me time and money, so anyone else doing this swap be extremely careful when buying your front rim. The 900rr rim looks almost exactly the same and there are a bunch of them floating around since the 900 guys love to swap their rim for a f3 rim to run 17" tires... guess ill throw the thruxton forks and wheel back on to start measuring the alignment of the rear...
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