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Rear Caliper Relocation

Iím trying to fit some hard bags on the 88 and the rear caliper is in the way of getting a good, close fit (well, not in the way when sheís standing still, but I only have about 1.5Ē clearance and specs say 3.9Ē of travel ). I donít want to go on the outside because it would be about a 4-5Ē gap between the fender and the bag which I think looks terrible. So if Iím holding the bag location, that would mean relocating the brake caliper which at first sounded stupid, but as I looked at it, maybe not. It appears to be held on by a single piece of thick stock aluminum, which Iím sure I can get someone around here to fabricate a modified version for not too much money. Is there a problem with fabricating a new rear caliper bracket the rotates the whole unit further back on the disk?



Iím not really interested in ďthatís a lot of effortĒ or ďjust leave the giant gapĒ kinds of comments. I guess my question is would there be other complications? Does the caliper angle matter at all for performance? Are there any gravity dependent pieces in there I donít know about? It would probably get more exhaust heat; is that a problem? Iím more of a learn as I go guy; any of you actually know whatís going on?


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Hahahgahahahahahahahhahahahahahaahahahahahahahahha dint see this 1 LOL PMSROF LOL

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Youíre crazy, Steve

So, to bring a pic over from the other thread:



It looks like relocating the caliper with a new bracket is totally doable. Did you fabricate that or are they available somewhere? Looks like you have a new caliper as well. Quite a lot thinner it seems. What make and model is that? I hadnít really thought about replacing the whole thing...


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Hi @LandyLou some more pics for you ALL done by my self barring the welding to tight to buy the gas for my Tig LOl The caliper is just a 4 pot of a front end i had laying about , the ally plate is 6mm thick + you will see I used the original caliper brkt , the brake is now a LOT better than the original 1 that was on the bike hope this helps

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+ it helps if you have a spares bike LOL

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So @LandyLou wots your thoughts ???


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You know what they say: ďIt isnít crazy if it works.Ē

Iíve been showing your pictures to pretty much every bike guy I come across! There is a bike junkyard not too far from where I live. I would be interesting to take some measurements and go see what he has down there.

What kind of caliper did you use exactly? You mentioned that it was a front caliper, which was a good idea. What does 4 pot mean?

Iím on the road for work, but looking forward to looking into this when I get back.


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Hi @LandyLou Hope your well You are awake then LOL The Time difference dunt help But ay o here goes LOl
The caliper is a 4 piston 1 so it can be fixed never to move unlike the standed caliper + it makes it thinner which helps when fitting bags
It dunt have to be a front caliper it can be a rear but it will have to be a 4 pot so that it can be permanently fixed + being a shaft drive bike it makes things easier to sort unlike the conversion I'm doing on a vn800 i have on the bench LOL
The comment about having a parts bike means its easier to jig stuff up when your messing with stuff LOL instead of striping the main bike Just to add it needs to be a front right hand caliper so its the right way round (no pun intended ) LOL
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Hi @LandyLou have you got this bit of a job sorted yet ??? LOL

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Hi @LandyLou have you got this bit of a job sorted yet ??? LOL



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Someday Iíll be retired and Iíll have all the time in the world to tinker. That day is not today

That doesnít mean I havenít been working on her. Iíll post in my project thread with all the details.


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