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Old 01-29-2009, 08:33 PM   #41
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Joined: Jun 2006
Location: In the Heartland
Oddometer: 195
In Process

I have begun the transformation.

I purchased a set of 03 YZ forks (46mm) and will fit the BMW OEM wheel and brake. I prefer to use the larger thicker 300mm disc rather than the Yamaha 250mm-stock rotor. Oversize 270mm off-road and supermotards kits get expensive pretty quick.

Confirmation for those contemplating such a modification on the bearing swap:

The Yamaha bottom bearing has a 30mm bore and uses a larger cup OD and is a bit taller than the 28mm on the BMW. It does however fit into the smaller OEM cup quite well. I used the stock Yamaha seal and bearing with the BMW cup. If you cut the rubber lip off the bearing seal it fits nicely into the recess left to create a good seal. Grease will complete the seal very close to as good as the stock BMW but not as good as the Yamaha OEM set up.

The top bearing is the same and I used the Yamaha top seal with a little bending to reduce the gap and greased it up well.

The fender mounts under the front triple within about 5mm if you cut off the number plate tabs and drill new holes. I also made a strap to reinforce the attachment of the front of the fender. The front mounting holes are very close to the front of the fender and not as wide as the OEM holes. It seems to work well so far in mock ups.

So now my challenges are
1)Key and lock mounting position
2)Spacer and new bearings for BMW front wheel
3)Hanger for BMW brake

I have some minimal machining capabilities at the house so I will start on those challenges this weekend.

If anyone has ideas on the key and lock would love to hear itů

If you completed this project and have additional details or ideas on any part of the process please share them.


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