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Old June 12th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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'86 Front End Swap?

Hey y'all. I'm new around here. I'm helping a friend completely rebuild an '86 ninjette. It wasn't terribly well cared for by the previous owner (who thought pink duct tape was sufficient for repairing wiring) and the result is a whole lot of rust, among other things.

The inner fork tubes are pretty well rusted and I'm looking for options for repairing/replacing them. Rechroming is somewhat expensive, as are new parts. One thing I'm considering is finding the front end from an '88-'07 and swapping the whole thing out. This would also fix the problem of the bent clip-on that we can't seem to find a replacement for.

Has anyone ever done this? Is it even possible? I could be wrong, but I think they may have totally different steering head bearings.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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IDK about hte steering head bearings, but if you swap the entire fornt end, you'll need to do the gauges too, since the speedo gear on the 86/87 was on the other side.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:36 AM   #3
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The plated parts on the 86-87 250 are built to a price point, back then a new 86 250 cost $2,200. None will hold up if survive till now. Mine fork tubes were rusted and I had it hardchrome for $120 13+ years ago.

Like Bob said speedo drive location will be your issue unless you swap the whole front end. If you are going down the swaping the front end, I could skip the 88-07 250's as it still use 16" rims and find yourself a 94 or newer EX500 front end as it was updated to 17" rims already.
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