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Old 02-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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Brakes + Caliper updates that really work

These brake system updates are not for everyone ...
They offer more braking power than most of us will ever use,
- however ... for those who need more whoa besides the go.

RocCity is building an XS Manx;

Tokico Caliper w/ Ducati 320mm disc on XS rim, fits either XS/XJ fork leg.
Psst! Ducati rotors are a direct bolt-on to XS hubs.

Dan at Pandemonium sells an adapter kit for XS bikes; uses Brembo Gold Series Caliper working on the oem XS 10.5" Discs.
This keeps the cost down, yet it's effective & lightweight.

79 XS11 Standard F stock "Big N Blue"
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:03 PM
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Hi Rob,
nice fix. Better to have more brake than you'll use rather than to have less brake than you need.
BTW, is there a fix for us Special owners and our Weird Harold swivel brakes?
Fred Hill, S'toon
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:09 PM
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Now that you mention it.....


That's one of the other projects I have on the back burner of my mind, since I've got a special, and feel that we should be able to do a similar style/type conversion and get rid of the wierd harold slanted pads at the same time!!!
Stay Tuned!!

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:19 PM
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Nice swap, but not exactly lo-buck; priced Ducati rotors lately? And the calipers aren't all that cheap either....
Fast, Cheap, Reliable... Pick any two

'78E original owner - resto project
'78E ???? owner - Modder project FJ forks, 4-piston calipers F/R, 160/80-16 rear tire
'82 XJ rebuild project
'80SG restified, red SOLD
'79F parts...
'81H more parts...

Other current bikes:
'93 XL1200 Anniversary Sportster 85RWHP
'86 XL883/1200 Chopper
'82 XL1000 w/1450cc Buell, Baker 6-speed, in-progress project
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:55 PM
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There used to be a site you could go to and buy all that stuff in a kit. You can read about it here: XS650 Garage

Apparently "Fish Head Big Brakes" is no longer.

The later XS650 has virtually the same brakes as the XS1100 standard.
Marty (in Mississippi)
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