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Old 02-23-2011, 06:33 AM   #61
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Made some progress again today!
New fork guards, new 280mm EBC rotor with a caliper relocation bracket, new Aprilia style mirrors (found on eBay for $15/pair!) and finally a new KLX450 headlight.

Detail of the new brake and guards:


Dongie --
You might want to run your brake hose and speedo cable _inside_ the fork. Less chance of a snag (Here's a new RM-Z450:)



I did the same thing when I first put RMZ forks on my DR.

BTW, very nice looking bike!

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:43 AM   #62
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Unfortunately, the 2003 RM model had the brake line routed underneath the axle - probably the only downside of this particular year fork conversion. The stock DR hose is too short for that but who would want to run it that long anyway



I'm hoping to scoop up a cheap set of 04-up RM fork guards and see if they still fit my forks. If they will, I'll buy a new set.
Clearly, Suzuki fixed this fluke in the 2004 model:

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:52 AM   #63
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Very nice work Dongie. I was going to ask about what brake hose you used with the stock RM125 rotor still on the wheel.

Also where did the KLX headlight get sourced from? (genuine Kaw or an aftermarket replica) Is it a dual beam and is it plug and play or do you have to custom wire it?

One more thing: Would the stock RM top triple have worked? If not why the new one.

Good luck with this project, you have another subscriber.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:15 AM   #64
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Very nice work Dongie. I was going to ask about what brake hose you used with the stock RM125 rotor still on the wheel.

Also where did the KLX headlight get sourced from? (genuine Kaw or an aftermarket replica) Is it a dual beam and is it plug and play or do you have to custom wire it?

One more thing: Would the stock RM top triple have worked? If not why the new one.

Good luck with this project, you have another subscriber.
The front brake (lever, hose, caliper) is all stock DR. It mounts right up to the RM forks. I believe all of the later Suzuki models have the same caliper bolt distance. Only the rotor is an RM/DRZ model. If you buy an oversize rotor kit for the RM/DRZ, the relocation bracket will still work with the DR caliper.

The KLX headlight came from eBay. It's a genuine Kawi take-off. This one was brand new. Unfortunately, they don't come up for sale very often. I bought one for my DRZ before - in that case, I posted up a wanted ad on ThumperTalk, in the KLX450 thread. Some of the KLX guys replace their stock headlights with the big 8" Trailtech units. I was lucky enough to find a guy who had one sitting in his garage.

For the triple - the stock one would have worked. I'm actually using the stock bottom triple (just powdercoated black) and an aftermarket top. The main reason was that I wanted to run rubber-damped oversize bars, and the 03 top triple has solid 7/8" bar mounts. I believe the newer RM triples have replaceable rubber mounts. The 04-08 RM forks are a little harder to get, and they usually sell for a lot more money. I got mine (with triples and fatbars) for a little over hundred bucks shipped.
The Universal triple clamp also allows me to mount the bars in 4 different offsets, in roughly 1/8" increments.

Hope this helps :)
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:02 AM   #65
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Nice

Build is looking good. Carb and front end is very tempting for me, especially with so many people talking about how much better it is. And again, black wheels are just awesome looking.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:42 PM   #66
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You've come a long way in a short time!

It looks awesome!
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:55 PM   #67
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I have to have a headlight/fairing like that. So awesome.

Where the heck do you get one?
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:18 PM   #68
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Excellent job! It looks great! I almost want to get a DR now. Almost.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:41 PM   #69
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I have to have a headlight/fairing like that. So awesome.

Where the heck do you get one?
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Thanks guys! I'm stoked to take this thing on the first road trip!
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:49 PM   #70
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I wonder if you will have problems with the speedo cable bent up like that.
The insert has to turn inside the cable....
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:14 PM   #71
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I wonder if you will have problems with the speedo cable bent up like that.
The insert has to turn inside the cable....
I read your post 10 times and still don't understand what you mean..?
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:21 PM   #72
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Very nice work Dongie. I was going to ask about what brake hose you used with the stock RM125 rotor still on the wheel.

Also where did the KLX headlight get sourced from? (genuine Kaw or an aftermarket replica) Is it a dual beam and is it plug and play or do you have to custom wire it?

One more thing: Would the stock RM top triple have worked? If not why the new one.

Good luck with this project, you have another subscriber.
I forgot to mention - the KLX headlight uses the same dual beam H4 bulb as the stock DR headlight. It plugs right in. It comes with a 35w bulb so you can easily replace it with your stock 55w DR bulb.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #73
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I forgot to mention - the KLX headlight uses the same dual beam H4 bulb as the stock DR headlight. It plugs right in. It comes with a 35w bulb so you can easily replace it with your stock 55w DR bulb.
It will be interesting to see how the headlight works in the dark. The aftermarket one I had lying around that I put on mine was only shining about 30m in front, on high beam and with no real adjustment. I found some DRZ400s brackets that fit on the forklegs on Ebay and have fitted the original headlight back on
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:51 AM   #74
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I wonder if you will have problems with the speedo cable bent up like that.
The insert has to turn inside the cable....
I think he's got a Vapor on it. Those are wires, not a mechanical speedo cable.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:49 AM   #75
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Aaah, now it all makes sense
Yes, I'm running the Vapor. The original speedo cable runs on the other side of the wheel, too.
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