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Can a XT 250 be made into a TW? There are plenty of XT's around but not a lot of TW's. Will the TW wheels and tires fit?
 

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Not really, unless you ran a jackshaft, which wouldn't bring much joy on the street.
 

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Its the width of the rear tire. The TW engine uses an elongated shaft off of the engine where your sprocket sits. That little detail is a huge hinderance. Compare the TW to the XT side by side and you'll see why it would be very difficult.
 

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Explain? What are the major differences?


As Rainman says, there are a lot of differences. The TW frame has a "bulge" on its left side to allow for the offset sprocket and the XT does not. Therefore you would need to run a "jackshaft" and two chains to clear the tire. Look up the fiche for a BW200 or BW350 and you'll see how a jackshaft is used to clear the rear tire.



Jackshafts gobble up horsepower and eat chains at a rapid rate when used on the street. To answer your question, your idea is feasible but its practicality would be limited, and would likely end up costing as much or more to build as a nice used TW.
 

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and not only is the tw frame different on the left, it is also different on the right, as it is kicked out to let the exhaust mount further right in order to clear big tire.



Any bike can be jackshafted, like dragbikes and street fatties regularly are, but the beauty of the TW is it's not, and that's a huge plus IMO.
 

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Thanks for the replies. It's just there are tons of inexpensive XT's for sale around here and rarely a TW.
 

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A simple approach could be to use the components off of a BW350. The XT uses a linkage on the rear shock, so there would probably be some hurdles to overcome.



The biggest issue with that avenue is that you end up with a BigWheel and it would make more sense just to buy one and get it dual sported.



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Mr. BigWheel
 
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