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Old 08-30-2013, 04:30 AM   #1
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F800GS Forks into Airhead frame????

Anyone here ever tried to swap forks from an F800GS into an mono frame?... I'm planning a GS project build and am looking for a suitable fork upgrade for all terrain distance touring. The tought of something from a later BMW has some appeal.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 AM   #2
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Anyone here ever tried to swap forks from an F800GS into an mono frame?... I'm planning a GS project build and am looking for a suitable fork upgrade for all terrain distance touring. The tought of something from a later BMW has some appeal.
Not sure about the above but I know forks from the 650x series will fit. Surely you've notice the Austrian tend here
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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If your going to go threw the hassle of a fork upgrade get a set that is adjustable. F800 forks are not. Folks with f800's seem to swap theirs out for ones that are.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #4
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Maybe he wants to go this route because he has access to a pair of F800GS forks that were swapped out.
I have an F800GS and a 1977 R100/7 and I do know that the F800GS forks are a lot better than the Airhead forks.
I am not up to date on good dirt bike suspensions so I think the F800GS has a good suspension,
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Sell the f800 forks, if it's a case where you already have access to them, buy dr650 forks and profit. At least we know the dr forks are almost a direct swap out.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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FWIW a mate has a F800GS & isn't that impressed with the standard forks. DRZ are another option.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #7
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Mounting the F800 forks will be quite a chore
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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Yes I did hear the DR650 forks might be a good option. The intended use is for loaded up distance touring and all road & trail conditions, (not competition use) if that changes things any. I've also been advised that the DR450 front might be better suited for the use. I don't know the difference between the two so perhaps someone here could comment on that.

I don't have access to an F800 GS front and at this point in time it was only a thought to stay with the BMW product if it was better in some way.
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Yes I did hear the DR650 forks might be a good option. The intended use is for loaded up distance touring and all road & trail conditions, (not competition use) if that changes things any. I've also been advised that the DR450 front might be better suited for the use. I don't know the difference between the two so perhaps someone here could comment on that.

I don't have access to an F800 GS front and at this point in time it was only a thought to stay with the BMW product if it was better in some way.
You mean DRZ400......they are a tad wider than the DR forks and have adjustable comp and rebound. Where as the drs do not
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:07 AM   #10
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I''ve got a set of F800 .gs forks on my 92 R100 .GS PD, they are in a set of Emig Racing tripple clamps, bloody great, with a full tank of fuel ( 35.lt) they feel great,with half a tank they are awesome. They may not be adjustable but they don't need to be, a huge improvement over the standard forks.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:50 AM   #11
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if doing a fork swap then why purchase something not adjustable when you can have something better for probably the same money??? If doing a swap I'd go the KTM WP 50mm route. Do it once and do it right. No harder to set them up than anything else, pluss a pretty common fork.

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