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FRAME - FORK & SWING-ARM BRACES

Hi Hans

 Check out www.vmaxbits.com for more photo's of braces. I will send you others I have found.

Just bought a swing arm and will fit a brace to that in December.

 

 

 

I have made a Frame Brace  but have incorporated a small crash bar with high- way foot pegs on a solid steel bracket. The bracket is mounted on the original mounting bolts.   The bracket doubles as a solid mounting on the outside of the frame. I recently travelled to the Rhino and what a pleasure to ride with my legs out front. My mates on their superbikes were quite envious of me. I had my knee joints replaced last November (53 and climbing) so I need to stretch my legs.

 

I have had a fork brace cut out of a solid piece of aluminium 20 mm thick using the underside of the mud guard as a template. I experienced an immediate improvement in the handling through corners. I also have more confidence, When I bought the bike the front tyre had waves on it. After fitting the brace my tyre has worn off evenly, no more waves.

How to mount the fork brace.
All I did was take off the front mudguard, put the brace under it and used longer cap screws to mount. Took 10 minutes. You must of course drill new holes to attach the mud guard from the underside of the brace.

 

The one in the picture fits over the mudguard.

Cheers for now
John  

 

----- Original Message -----

From: John van Nieuwenhuizen

To: Hans Knop

Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:29 PM

 Subject: Swing arm

 Hi Hans

I have a tip which I would like passed on.
I have recently fitted a swing arm brace to my VMAX and I do not know of any one in the club that has but let me tell you it is quite a job to put the swing arm back. As the manual tells you, you will need assistance when you reinstall the shaft.
I found that if you drill a 13 mm hole in the underside of the shaft housing 50 mm from the front of the swing arm, all you need to do is insert a small tool or screw driver through the hole and lift the female section of the universal joint  and your assistant guide the shaft in from the rear.  I then plugged the hole with a rubber plug available at the local hardware store.
This exercise took a few minutes
I tried following the instructions in the manual but as I discussed this operation with Carl Talbot you need a workbench that will allow you to let the swing arm hang quite low in order to reinstall  the shaft without using alternate means.
Cheers for now
John
PS Keep one wheel on the tar

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