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Well, after a few updates and lacking any mechanical skills, I was able to change the handlebars, add a silencer foot pegs and also add a blaster shock. All I needed was to change over to the hybrid forks. I bought some YZ 80 forks for $20 and FINALLY with the help of Lzard Breath was able to do the upgrade (along with the oil cooler).

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After adding the Blaster shock and power core pipe.





Now 18 months later my TDub finally sits level and runs cooler:











Before and after the Pelican case was put on the Cyclerack

A a pic of Sir Fix A Lot and myself. Russ and Brock





Thanks to Russ for his insight and help.



I promise myself that the last thing I am going to do is add a skid plate...at least for a couple years.





With that, I have a super clean pair of stock TW fork tubes for sale if someone is interested.



Here is the bike with the Peican case on the cycle rack (Vs. the rear fender)







http://s606.photobucket.com/user/joedirt1970/media/IMG_6459_zps934c5a25.jpg.html
 

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Whoo! Nice setup! What's the advantage of the YZ80 forks over the stockers?

Really digging the disc/caliper guard as well! But I'd imagine with the woods trails around here, it'd end up being a brush catcher.



I'd love to see about taking you up on those stock forks, if you lived a little closer to STL. I don't recall seeing many gravel yards in the Southern MO and IL. I'm trying to find a cheaper way to convert my 2000 T-Dub to a disc brake setup, short of buying a whole new bike. So far, no luck.



Still....great job there!
 

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Bike looks awesome Brock!



(I didn't know Lizrdbrth made housecalls)


Thanks Brian.

I only strive to make mine as cool as yours. You set the benchmark for cool, clean seamless improvements.



Mr. Lizard just happened to have a family event less than 10 miles from my house and got a hall pass for a couple hours.
 

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Thanks Brian.

I only strive to make mine as cool as yours. You set the benchmark for cool, clean seamless improvements.



Mr. Lizard just happened to have a family event less than 10 miles from my house and got a hall pass for a couple hours.



Thank you very much Jeadra

Thank you. I bought the old school disc brake cover (simply for looks because I am a motocross vanity snob)on ebay. But there Lzard breath has one a little ruffed up (Color is white) that he might sell.



Mr. Bracket

As far as the YZ forks...they are off a '93 YZ. The advantage is that the fork tubes are 2" longer. I already put a blaster shock on it so the YZ fork tubes don't increase the travel, but they increase the overall ground clearance to the bike sits level. I am a tall guy (6'3) so this works a little better for me. Plus, like I said I am in it to make it resemble a race bike vs. TW just because I am goofy like that. I still ride slow and don't jump anymore. Some of the guys have also added progressive springs. I am only 6'3 and 190 so the progressive springs are a major deisre for me.



In terms of the front brake, some in the forum have used ttr bikes, rs and even Yamaha three wheeler front ends. The key being sure that forks'axles work for the tw.
 

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Thank you Mr. Bracket,



The only thing I used from the YZ front forks were the YZ fork tubes.

Every thing is stock TW. Including the top bolts for the triple clamps.
 

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Looks great I am sure for your height it feels a lot better too.
 

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A tall boy TW?



So you're telling me that in a world full of ridiculously tall and tippy dual sports, you went and jacked up the shortest of the bunch?



Love it! Love everything about it!



Your bike definitely looks (and I'd imagine rides!) much better after being leveled out with the taller forks.



I'm pretty jealous of that LizrdCooler kit too. I'm anxiously anticipating the 49-state model to add to my own TW.
 

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Thank you Don,



Russ was just talking about you. It only took 18 months to get it done. I am very excited to try it on the dirt.
 

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can you tell me please what model rotor cover that is by acerbis? and did it need any modification to go on? Is there one that works for the stock TW fork? THANKS
 

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can you tell me please what model rotor cover that is by acerbis? and did it need any modification to go on? THANKS


It is an old school non-inverted acerbis disk cover. It went right on. I bought in on ebay for $35 about 3 years ago. A friend at a shop in Oceanside, CA told me he can order them through a catalogue. I think for around the same price. I just got lucky on ebay.



If you want to call the shop, it is called Oceanside Cycle Supply

http://www.oceansidecyclesupply.com/about-us.htm Ask for the non-inverted disk brake/rotor covers

They still sell the UFO covers thru the catalogue.



I just saw these on ebay (9:20pm mst.). I am not sure how generic they are. Mine came off an XR 400. The disk brakes on the Japanese bikes were pretty similar.



This is for a Kawasaki KDX 200. Looks pretty close. Fair price too. Not sure what color your tw is. But I like this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UFO-95-12-KDX-200-FRONT-DISC-BRAKE-GUARD-GREEN-NEW-FREE-SHIPPING-/290752820391?hash=item43b237f4a7&item=290752820391&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr



This is for a Honda also.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Fork-and-Rotor-Guards-Honda-XR-400-/271152149904?hash=item3f21ed7590&item=271152149904&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr



This is for a KTM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-MX-250-ACERBIS-FRONT-FORK-GUARDS-GUIDES-BRAKE-DISC-GUARD-MX250-/130610726545?hash=item1e69018691&item=130610726545&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr



Another KTM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-KTM-250-ACERBIS-LOWER-FRONT-FORK-PROTECTORS-GUARDS-/310572593785?hash=item484f91b279&item=310572593785&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr
 

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Thanks very much brock, I have an 03 (my avatar) taht i am going for the supermoto look and that disk rotor cover would totally complete my look I am going for.
 

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Thank you.



The only thing I changed on the front are the stock fork tubes. The YZ tubes are 2" longer, They don't increase the travel, but they increase the overall ground clearance and level out the bike.
 

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I've detailed this swap in the past. When I get home I'll try to locate the thread or dig up the pics of the internals for anyone who wants to do it.



The YZ lower legs have a larger I.D. than TW lowers, but have the same diameter fork tubes. There is a split bushing on the end of their fork tubes which fills the I.D. and must be removed from the end of the tubes. After that you can just make spacers around 2" longer than stock and put it back together using your TW lower legs and internals.



With the proper tools and a basic understanding of your forks this can be done in less than an hour. Clean, unpitted YZ forks can be had for as little as 25 bucks so it's a cheap mod if you're into it.



It's important to realize that as Brock pointed out this will NOT result in more travel. It just gives you a more tunable stock front end. I did it on mine in order to be able to play with trail settings, get more initial "sag" without bottoming and to have an extra 2" of air and fluid gap to play with in trying to fine tune the stock suspension.



With the longer tubes you can slip the fork legs up or down in the trees to quicken or slow down steering response. With the stock length tubes you can only go DOWN in the trees. In Brock's case it needed to be done in order to compensate for the extreme lift of his Blaster rear shock.
 

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Russ, please refrain from using the word "Compensation"
 

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Hey, it ain't my fault that you're tall enough to have your own weather.
 

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LOL hahaha
I know how you feel brock, I am 6'3 and everytime my dad sees me on my T-dub he says it looks like a gorilla sitting on a football. lol
 

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My legs are short (32) so I fit pretty well. I can't wait to get a real ride in with the change.



My first ride out here in AZ a year ago was not very fun towards the end. We were traversing down a long rocky switchback and my legs kept cramping up since I was tucked up on the tank. I kept trying to keep my legs straight whenever I could. I am sure I looked dumb as dumb gets. Ever since I have made sure to hydrate really well.
 
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