What should i do

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What should i do

Postby Ryan » 08:54 pm Feb 12 2006

Well im really thinking about doing this conversion thing. Im not sure i got the money though. But if i do i just wanted to know your opinions about what years for the kx forks were the best and easiest to find parts for. Also can i change the seals myself or would i need tools to do this?? thanks.
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Postby Colorado Mike » 09:09 pm Feb 12 2006

Just ride your bike the way it is.
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Postby Ryan » 09:18 pm Feb 12 2006

i would but it is not all the way together yet, still need to put the front end on and i need to get new rad hoses. Thats why im thinking about doing the switch now, it may not happen but i may have enough.

These are the years i was looking at,
i saw a pair of 99,94,95,96, forks all for sale, which one should i look at and is there any i should avoid>??
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Postby skipro3 » 10:19 pm Feb 12 2006

If you are sure you really want to get into this, get forks from 1996 or newer for the technology perspective.
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Postby Ryan » 05:00 pm Feb 13 2006

ya i really want to get the kx front end, i have heard nothing negative about the conversion. If i was to keep the kdx wheel, all i would need is the kx forks and triple tree right? And also was 99 a good year for the forks, are othr year forks the same? thanks
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Postby Ryan » 05:16 pm Feb 13 2006

well im really looking at a front end from a 1999 kx. I think it needs seals though. I was just wondering if it is possible to change them myself without haveing to buy an expensive tool. Please let me know, thanks for any help.
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Postby m0rie » 06:00 pm Feb 13 2006

KDX wheel would need a custom axle made to work. The seals are pretty easy to do. You can make a seal driver from a pvc coupler cut in half. Works well if you take your time.
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Postby skipro3 » 06:52 pm Feb 13 2006

I would not recommend using the stock KDX wheel either. Get the whole front end as one unit in order to be sure it all works together:
1. Forks
2. Triple clamp
3. Wheel
4. Axle
5. Brake caliper
6. Brake rotor

Some parts may work off the KDX but why find out that yours is the exception and figuring out how to deal with that later.
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Postby Ryan » 09:38 pm Feb 13 2006

well here is the thing, i can get someone to make me an axel i think. I want to use the kdx wheel because then the conversion is just the cost of the kx forks and the triple tree. My question is if i have a custom axel made, will the kdx front brakes bold right onto the kx forks. Im not sure if the holes where they mount are differnt. The idea of making a seal driver of pvc is a good idea, i did this for my honda forks. I just did not know if the usd's would come apart without tools. But i guess they do which will save me a ton of money. If anyone knows if a kdx caliper will fit on the kx forks and still line up with the kdx rotor please let me know. Thanks. I hope jeff emails me back saying he will by my forks so i can buy the kx forks off ebay.
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Postby m0rie » 09:40 pm Feb 13 2006

The KDX brake caliper should work without issues.
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Postby Ryan » 07:49 am Feb 14 2006

ok thanks
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