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I am thinking about installing the 750 swingarm to help the bike handle better (and wheelie a little easier :eek
What year swingarm would I need to bolt in? The 90/91 750 or are there other years that would also work? Should I look into bracing?

Also thinking about doing a 520 conversion 2 up in the rear, stock front. Does this sound good? Bike is stock except for yosh full pipe, stage 3 and K&N pods. What chin/sprockets? Should I just get a good sprocket (sprocket specialists) and chain (RK or DID) recommendations?

I have been seeing a lot of talk about going to braided lines. Is this worth the $ and should i also go to a different pad compound (EBC HH?)

Another thing, where can I get a solo seat for the bike? Should I just keep looking on ebay or is there a place that sells them?

Thanx

[ 08-01-2001: Message edited by: formula956 ]
 

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just finished putting an 88-92 style arm on my 86 and tested a bunch of stock arms there are 3 diff lenghts and there is a diff in stiffness. You want the one that has a plate welded across the casting inbetween the arms so that instead of a c section it is a box section, this arm is significantly stiffer and uless you go to an extremely late model with a good dia forward brace, I think is more than enough for street riding unless you want bragging rights.
 

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I will try my hand at some of your questions.

1. Swingarm - 88-92 750/1100 are straight bolt into your frame. None are braced. The 93-95 (some braced 95?) can be made to fit your frame, but will require some machining of spacers etc, and may require bearing changes. You could have a stock swinger braced, but I am not sure if that would cost a ton or not...

2. Personally, rather than the hassle of the swingarm swap (unless that is a project that you wish to take on to personalize your ride etc) I would drop in a +3 rear sprocket. I expect that would assist you in your wheelie quest. I have been very pleased with the gold DID X-ring chains I have used on my last 4 GSXR's, I would recommend that. I use the 530, but I hear that swapping to 520 will net you a 2-3lb drop.

3. Braided lines - the first mod I make on all bikes I buy, if they don't already have it. I would also consider a set of used 95+ 6 pot Tokico calipers, as this will help in the braking dept - get a 5/8ths bore master cylinder to push them, and you will be pleased with the better braking. EBC pads are good, there are other good pads too.

4. Solo cap for 1100 - watch eBay for the affordable stuff, you might be able to get a new Maier one, but pricey I think. Consider going to a whole racetail, if buying new, I think Sharkskins sells one that retains the stock rider seat for about US$200. Airtech not recommended by many...
 

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thanks for the info... The main reason for the 750 swingarm would be easier turn in and better handling (making the bike shorter). Is this true or am I barking up the wrong tree here for a lighter feeling 1100?

For the brakes I think i am going to go braided and EBC HH. Probably don't need it but looks nice and should "feel" better

Someone from the board e-mailed my about a tail section but it is the wrong color scheme (blue/white)
... i think i will keep looking for now to see if i can get it in the right colors.

Is +3 too much for cruising? I cruise the highways at 80-100 depending on traffic. Would +2 be better? Is it like dropping a gear (cruising in 4th)? I was looking for the 520 conversion to drop some rotating mass also.

thanks again
 

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Unfortunately, with the 5 speed, you will probably find +3 too much for that kind of cruising speed. Definitely do +2 max for that.

You can effectively decrease the castor (and shorten the trail) by pulling the forks up 5mm in the triple clamps. This will speed up the steering noticeably. You can pull up more, but would recommend doing it in very small (eg 2mm) increments after the initial 5mm, since your bike can become very twitchy very quickly otherwise.

If your bike was brand new, I'd say the 520 conversion would be a reasonable tradeoff (let's face it, you are not going to get the same chain life). But, given that the cushions in your rear wheel could well be a tad tired from the years of dealing with a torque monster, you might want to stick with the 530 to keep the chain/sprocket replacements down. Your call.

IMHO: what shape are your forks/shock in? Any money spent upgrading them will make a much bigger diff in the handling than swingarm changes. IE, putting a shorter arm or pulling up the forks on bagged suspension isn't going to do more than amplify its shortcomings.

Good luck - nice bike
 

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I don't know which arms are direct bolt up with every bike but with the 93 1100 a 93 750 arm bolts right in, I set up a guys bike with one but you will need to have the ride hight adjusted up a little, the bike I did I installed a Fox shock. The reason being that after the swingarm swap the bike will be lower in the rear because of the shorter arm.
 

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All right, sorry, I haven't been around
swing arms gix750 up to 95 no problem but make surt to get the correspondig shock linkages I put an 89 from a race bike on mine and I love it
as far as the gearing, if you have the standard 1100 mods, pipe, pods, etc, the 15\48 gearing with the short arm should be fine
braided lines, mine are on order right now
Karl
 
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