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Old 08-26-2010, 05:38 AM   #1
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Leading link front for a gsa 1150?

Looking at getting a leading link front end made for our 2005 bmw gsa
any help, ideas, photos would be great.

It would be great to be able to get it done in South Australia .



Thanking you
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:15 AM   #2
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Looking at getting a leading link front end made for our 2005 bmw gsa
any help, ideas, photos would be great.

It would be great to be able to get it done in South Australia .



Thanking you
Ian.
G`day Ian..

Will be watching with interest and keen to see if it makes a difference if this is the direction you wish to head..

Have you given thought to asking Phyllis to make a trail reducer like mine first to see if it helps??


PS.. Glad to see you`re keeping the outfit too mate..
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:35 AM   #3
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Hi Nev. Our trail reducer works great .
I am after a LL front as we want to go with a wider front wheel
(Lots of sand here) and i think the stock front won't take much more of the rough stuff.
Yep keeping the sidecar The Wife just won't be on the rides .

So we are setting it up for solo rider. And the DOG

See you at Mungo.

Cheers Ian.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:40 AM   #4
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Did you already consider Stroker front wheel with care tire?, no leading link needed here to have a wider front tire.

Pictures of Stroker's rig. I do not have yet this conversion on my rig, but I was positively very impressed when I did a test ride, the handling is so smooth.


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Old 08-26-2010, 07:44 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=twintwin]Did you already consider Stroker front wheel with care tire?, no leading link needed here to have a wider front tire.

Pictures of Stroker's rig. I do not have yet this conversion on my rig, but I was positively very impressed when I did a test ride, the handling is so smooth.

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Stroker's front wheel conversion uses a 135R15 tire which due to the smaller diameter reduces the trail when installed. Pretty simple and you can go back to solo easily.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:16 AM   #6
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I looked into it.After having one on my 92RT/EML they are a great frontend for a sidecar setup.But for me the$3500 price was above my price&budget.Instaed I used a steer rite kit from Dauntless.Its abiut the only thing they build right for a grand.It works well to lighten the steering.This part I'm pleased with.....
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:33 AM   #7
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Did you already consider Stroker front wheel with care tire?, no leading link needed here to have a wider front tire.

Pictures of Stroker's rig. I do not have yet this conversion on my rig, but I was positively very impressed when I did a test ride, the handling is so smooth.

Hi twintwin. Thank you yes we had a look at the stroker front wheel .
I am getting a steel 15 front wheel with a 135x15 front tyre made as we speek. Should be ready next week.
The tyre is not our trouble the fork setup is. We have done around 40.000kms with the sidecar on. 90% of the time off road
This is some of the country the front end has had to deal with.







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Old 02-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #8
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Leading link is working ok .I have fitted a 165 15 front tyre so much better in the soft sand .



The steel wheel we made is getting changed to alloy .
I hope it will be done this week .

The old



And the new







The hub will be cut in half and bolted to the rim with 5 bolts .It should work
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #9
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Excellent......

Hey Pops,

I would love to know more about this. What hub is that, where did you get those wheels made etc, etc.
I've got a 16" front wheel with a Firestone 4.75 car tyre on it which is ok, but that's the only tyre I can find that will fit.

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Hi Adrian.
The hub is standard bmw gs 1150 and the rim is a centerline 2 piece 15x31/2 inch.


On the old black BMW hub I got a solid alloy piece welded around the center to mount the steel rim to, it worked ok but when the rim was cut down and welded it was 8mm out of round .When we put a tire on it ended up to far out to balance.
This is the start of the old front wheel It started out as a vw wheel 15 x5 that we had to cut the center out and cut 11/2 inches out to get the right size.It was all good until the steel plate was welded.






The new rim we are making will have the bmw hub cut in half and bolted to the rim after some lathe work to make a recess to locate the hub central.
I will take some photos to show what we are doing.
I am not sure if it will work but one can only try

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Old 02-23-2012, 06:47 AM   #11
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WOW!!!! This is the first time I've seen your setup.. Looks good man...I have to admitt I like the looks of your front end......Nice rig!!
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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Excellent...

Hi Pops,

That looks like a great idea, I would love get a 15" wheel on the front of my outfit, but the leading links are probably too narrow. Please keep us posted.

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Old 02-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #13
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Thank you Melrone
The L Link was from a vulcun 1500. We had to modify them a lot to work on the gsa .
This is what they looked like when i got them




I still think the standard forks with the trail reducer was the way to go on the gsa .
The only reason i went with a l link was to get a wider tire on the front .


Hi Adrian.
The front wheel on ours is 31/2" wide with a 165x15 tyre on, 145X 15 fits in the standard forks of the gsa .With the front guard removed.
With a 165 x15 it will not fit in the standard forks
Got any photos of your L Link forks Adrian.
How wide are they.

Dropped the front wheels of to my mate today .
I decided to get 2 of them built . (don't tell the wife)
One wheel will fit with standard gsa forks with the mud guard removed .
The other wheel will need l links to fit.
I will post up some photos when some progress is made.
Cheers Ian

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:51 PM   #14
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Looking at getting a leading link front end made for our 2005 bmw gsa
any help, ideas, photos would be great.

It would be great to be able to get it done in South Australia .



Thanking you
Ian.
I think SRK in Bathurst does one. Dont know anything about it though
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:27 AM   #15
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I think SRK in Bathurst does one. Dont know anything about it though
Hi Rockman.
I had a talk to SKR a while back .They said that they had never done a l link for the gs .
It was going to be around $2500.00. With me to supply the front wheel calipers ect.
They were unsure of the total cost as it would be there first L Link for a gs.
I would like to see how it looked if they have done one now .
There L Links look good on the ones i have seen.

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