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Gen 2 wheels on gen 1

PostAuthor: Christopher150806 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:17 am

Hey guys,

I've read a few threads relating to swapping the wheels from a gen 2 to gen 1 but they all seem to talk about either 1100cc or wire wheels. Those people mentioned that you would need the gen 2 drum brake cover and axle.

I'm looking at buying a set of gen 2 cast spokes wheels from a 1984 xv750 but unsure if it will be a straight swap with my current 1982 xv750, could anyone shed some light on this?


Also would the front fender of a gen 2 work on a gen 1

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Re: Gen 2 wheels on gen 1

PostAuthor: faffi » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:34 am

You need the brake parts from the donor bike because the Gen II has a larger diameter drum than all other big engine Viragos.
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Re: Gen 2 wheels on gen 1

PostAuthor: Jake » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:07 am

To use the dual disk front wheel, you'll need the front forks too.
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Re: Gen 2 wheels on gen 1

PostAuthor: faffi » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:07 pm

Sorry, I didn't read past the drum brake question. As to the fender up front; no, it will not work with the old forks. Nor will, as mentioned, the wheel, at least not without mods; you need special wheel bearings or a spacer because the axle diameter differ. You will also likely need new end spacers because I think the Gen 2 forks are spaced wider IIRC. Then you need to find a disc of the correct diameter that is spaced correctly for the unusual Gen 1 caliper. Basically it's far simpler to transplant the complete front end from the Gen 2 - you can do a search and find how-tos on this forum.
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