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Old 03-18-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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F800GS forks on F650GS

If you are still around, would the inmate who installed the F800GS forks on the F650GS please PM me? Thanks.

Or if anyone knows who it was, please let me know.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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I believe it was an inmate that had rebuilt a few wrecks. Try searching "buying a wrecked bike" or some such thing. Maybe it was 800 bodywork on a 658. If you're trying to do a conversion it would be all bolt on using oem parts.

This???? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...68&postcount=4
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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Are you thinking of the build that LukasM did? I think it was a little more complicated than that...
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:09 AM   #4
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All you need is the entire front end off an F800...and the rear shock as well, because the F8 one is longer.

Spoked wheels would help.
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I don't know anybody that has done it, but what is your question? I know the parts pretty well.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:21 AM   #6
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I was thinking of buying a wrecked F650 because I have the standard F800 forks, triples, shock, and lots of small bits just sitting on a shelf in the garage.

The idea has tickled my imagination a few times. Build up an F8 using the F650 and change the faux tank plastics to complete the deal.

Poor mans F8!

Just because.
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I don't know anybody that has done it, but what is your question? I know the parts pretty well.
If buyers don't want to pay for the Ohlins forks on my F800GS, I was thinking of swapping them off the bike with stock forks, and bolting mine into my yet-to-be-delivered F700GS. Ohlins is only rebuilding the upside-down forks of the F800GS, not the F700/650GS.

I'm under the impression the F800GS front will bolt right in, but the unknown issue is the axle with the alloy wheel.

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I believe it was an inmate that had rebuilt a few wrecks...
I believe he was in Wisconsin, and always buying and selling parallel twin GS parts. He built a Frankenbike, mostly F650GS twin and partly F800GS, and ended up selling it. His avatar was a drawing of a tornado as I recall.

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I'm under the impression the F800GS front will bolt right in, but the unknown issue is the axle with the alloy wheel. Fred

With the 700 forks being right side up, I don't see that happening without swapping the triples too.

Nice bike, same as mine. You'd probably do better returning it to stock and selling the ohlins if you had a fork set to swap. Soon as my house sells the bike gets a new suspension and will be pointed south till there is no more.
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With the 700 forks being right side up, I don't see that happening without swapping the triples too.
Yes. That goes without saying. The mystery inmate would know if the triples bolt right in, and have experience with the alloy wheel.

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If buyers don't want to pay for the Ohlins forks on my F800GS, I was thinking of swapping them off the bike with stock forks, and bolting mine into my yet-to-be-delivered F700GS. Ohlins is only rebuilding the upside-down forks of the F800GS, not the F700/650GS.

I'm under the impression the F800GS front will bolt right in, but the unknown issue is the axle with the alloy wheel.
I can't find a microfiche for the F700GS, but the F650GS used a 17mm front axle and also had a smaller bore in the hub, so you could not just swap bearings to use a 20mm axle F800GS wheel.

With some custom spacers/axle/sleeve it should not really be a problem, but the question is if somebody will want to buy a F800GS with F700GS conventional forks, even if they offer about the same performance as the stock USDs.

I think you best bet will be trading your Ohlins for stock F8 forks + cash, probably around $1k?

Edit: The triples will swap straight over for sure.
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...but the question is if somebody will want to buy a F800GS with F700GS conventional forks, even if they offer about the same performance as the stock USDs....
No! The F700GS forks would go on the shelf until resale.

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I think you best bet will be trading your Ohlins for stock F8 forks + cash, probably around $1k?
Not a bad idea. I didn't think of advertising them that way, simultaneous to the bike ad. So I did it, but added the rear Ohlins, too. So, I either sell them with the bike, off the bike, or try to mount them on the F700GS.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:43 AM   #12
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I can't find a microfiche for the F700GS...
A&S is now more up-to-date than MAXBMW or BikeBandit:

A&S fiche

Fred

P.S. The mystery inmate's first name is Ken, but I still cannot recall his inmate ID. Something like Captain Ken, but I searched every iteration I can think of, without success.

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