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Old 09-04-2017, 12:00 AM
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Fork brace for '79 SF

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Anyone looking to sell a used (or new) fork brace for a 1979 SF?

I've emailed t-kat with no success. Ebay also comes up empty.

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Old 09-04-2017, 10:35 AM
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:56 PM
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Remember too forbemca that the fork tube on Specials is a few millieters smaller circumferance at top mount location than the Standard forks. One model has KYB forks and the other model has Shoiwa forks. So, there's two different fork braces made, not only different in size but also configuration. Specials having leading axle front forks changes location of front fender/wheel as they set higher up at top.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:35 PM
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Special fender is too high for most braces.

Jetmech, the one shown will not fit the Special as the Special front fender extends above where this mounts. The TKat had a special riser that raised the crossbar higher to clear the front fender.

Motoman,

How can I determine which forks I have? KYB or Shoiwa?

Are there measurements I can check? I think I have what you call the "leading axle front forks" and yes, if you mean the fender is higher, that is correct.

Hence my struggle to find a fork brace that fits.

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Old 09-04-2017, 06:55 PM
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Jetmech, the one shown will not fit the Special as the Special front fender extends above where this mounts. The TKat had a special riser that raised the crossbar higher to clear the front fender.

Motoman,

How can I determine which forks I have? KYB or Shoiwa?

Are there measurements I can check? I think I have what you call the "leading axle front forks" and yes, if you mean the fender is higher, that is correct.

Hence my struggle to find a fork brace that fits.

Sorb
Being a SF, as you show it is, you are correct with it having the leading front axle. I get confused as to which forks are which by manufacturer. Either way, the forks on yours DO need the raised cross piece of the brace. TKat's brace is your best option. He IS a member here, and I have ridden with him some previous yr. at the Caly Rally. I believe either Diver Ray or 3Phase in Caly could chime in with help getting in contact with him in order to purchase the correct fork brace.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:37 PM
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I haven't heard from TKat for a few, he's moving to Florida and pretty busy setting up his new house and shop.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:49 PM
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I posted the correct brace for the Special. It fits. Donebysunday mounted one. I'm not making this up.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:38 PM
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I haven't heard from TKat for a few, he's moving to Florida and pretty busy setting up his new house and shop.
Thanks for chiming in there Scott! Was kinda curious myself, as it's been some time since I've been aware of his location change.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:42 PM
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I posted the correct brace for the Special. It fits. Donebysunday mounted one. I'm not making this up.
Had no doubt picture you posted was correct Marty. Just was offering another option from someone most of us know personally.
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:05 AM
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I just got an email from TKat the other day in regards for a fork brace for my 79 Special. Did you use the correct email? Maybe try it one more time?

I sent a money order off for one the other day. Price has went up a little but what hasn't risen in price over the years........

Hopefully you can get a hold of them.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:30 AM
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I posted the correct brace for the Special. It fits. Donebysunday mounted one. I'm not making this up.
Jet is correct but I did elongate the holes where the fender bolts to the forks in order to drop the fender about 3/8" and that left clearance of about 5 pages of paper between the top of the fender and the brace.
I really do like the look more then the T-Kat https://ibb.co/jROPPF
jeeez that flash makes it look spotty/dirty really looks fine with the eye
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