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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hello!im wondering is it possible to put disk brake at the rear wheel?im not very satisfied with the breaks and I dont know what upgrade to do
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I guess Kaw was trying to save a few bucks in using mechanical rear brakes. It slows you down at best. And it's even worst if you have the vn800a model because of the single piston caliper up front.

That being said, the easiest way to add a rear disk brake is to source the entire rear end off a Drifter 800. Also the front master cylinder and brake pedal. Its a direct bolt on.

This is a vn800a with a complete drifter 800 rear end...
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Wow. I wish it were that easy for my 750!
Never know, the 750 and vn88 share lots of similarities. May be possible.

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Your best bet is to make sure that the brakes you have are in tip top working order. That could be the problem.
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I guess Kaw was trying to save a few bucks in using mechanical rear brakes. It slows you down at best. And it's even worst if you have the vn800a model because of the single piston caliper up front.

That being said, the easiest way to add a rear disk brake is to source the entire rear end off a Drifter 800. Also the front master cylinder and brake pedal. Its a direct bolt on.

This is a vn800a with a complete drifter 800 rear end...
Excellent info! - What else - besides the wheel - does "rear end" include here, do you know?

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Excellent info! - What else - besides the wheel - does "rear end" include here, do you know?


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Rear wheel
Swingarm ( drifter swingarm has a block that the caliper slides into)
Foot master cylinder, foot control, and brake hose.

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I had a VN400 Classic which had the rear drum brake, the stopping power of the rear brake alone is weak anyway, you have to use both brakes all the time.
Now I have a VN900 Classic and the brakes are both disc , the rear locks really easy if I step heavier than a feather on it
Just make sure the rear brake is good inside, more work to check it than a disc but you will not worry about it after that for a long time.
Feel free to ask anything as I did all the maintenance myself and continue to do it to my current bike.
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