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    Ok, for those of you running extended swingarms how did you solve the short rear brake rod issue?

    I've seen McMaster selection of hardware and thought about building one, but has anyone ever cut the rod in the middle and welded on an extension? My thought is you could build a sleeve to go around it, then crimp and weld?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjosh View Post
    Ok, for those of you running extended swingarms how did you solve the short rear brake rod issue?

    I've seen McMaster selection of hardware and thought about building one, but has anyone ever cut the rod in the middle and welded on an extension? My thought is you could build a sleeve to go around it, then crimp and weld?

    Thoughts?

    thanks Josh


    The brake rod works under tension, so flexing isn't an issue. Cut the rod and weld a piece of similar diameter overlqapping the cut ends. good enough.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    The brake rod works under tension, so flexing isn't an issue. Cut the rod and weld a piece of similar diameter overlqapping the cut ends. good enough.


    Thanks Qwerty, I'll drop off the brake rod with the swing arm when I have my old bike frame builder strech it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjosh View Post
    Thanks Qwerty, I'll drop off the brake rod with the swing arm when I have my old bike frame builder strech it.

    josh


    I just took a look at some of my "stock" here. Oddly enough all of these Yamahas (and probably quite a few others) use essentially the same rod, only varying in length and the amount of threading on the end: Stock TW rod 21". Virago 920 24", Virago 750 24", XT600 23", etc. All are the same diameter rod and use the same clevis pin on the brake pedal end.



    Welding one is fine, but if you had access to the Virago rod it could be a bolt-on option for a 3" stretch.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    I just took a look at some of my "stock" here. Oddly enough all of these Yamahas (and probably quite a few others) use essentially the same rod, only varying in length and the amount of threading on the end: Stock TW rod 21". Virago 920 24", Virago 750 24", XT600 23", etc. All are the same diameter rod and use the same clevis pin on the brake pedal end.



    Welding one is fine, but if you had access to the Virago rod it could be a bolt-on option for a 3" stretch.


    A longer replacement would be a cleaner option than a welded rod. I wedged a branch between the brake rod and swing arm on a Honda, breaking the rod. I replaced the rod with a piece of bailing wire to finish the enduro. Worked fine.




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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    I just took a look at some of my "stock" here. Oddly enough all of these Yamahas (and probably quite a few others) use essentially the same rod, only varying in length and the amount of threading on the end: Stock TW rod 21". Virago 920 24", Virago 750 24", XT600 23", etc. All are the same diameter rod and use the same clevis pin on the brake pedal end.



    Welding one is fine, but if you had access to the Virago rod it could be a bolt-on option for a 3" stretch.


    Thanks, I'll see what I can find.

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    Let us know if you find one that works.



    I still haven't got around to stretching my swingarm, so I can't tell for sure.



    A lot of 80's and 90's Yamahas had drum brakes. I would guess that the Viragos, Maxxims and bigger road bikes would have the longer rods due to their long wheelbases.



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    I plan on using a coupling nut, some allthread, and 2 jam nuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by villageidiot View Post
    I plan on using a coupling nut, some allthread, and 2 jam nuts


    Yeah my rod is pretty much bent up after all these years. I will check out the other bikes listed earlier. I never thought about bigger bikes for the added length I think I will go for the longer swing arm myself. I have heard Japan makes a six inch bolt up kit?

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    very helpful post, sorry I'm bringing it back from the dead
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