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Front wheel swapping (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: El Cheapo » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:12 pm

This is the last thing i should be concerned about right now, but...

I just picked up some sweet six bend pullback handlebars that i want to install, but theres a problem. I knew i was going to have to replace my hydraulic brake line with a new one, but the problem here is that the handgrips will be mounted on the bars in a completely vertical manner.
I dont think the brake fluid reservoir is meant to sit that way. So i guess i can't use my new bars..
However, i was thinking, what if i were to swap front wheels and get one with a mechanical front brake. Then i wouldnt have a fluid reservior and i could get a univeral throttle handle and maybe relocate my starter button. This isnt something i would do right away, but maybe a future project.
It would be cool to have a front wheel with spokes as well.
Would it be difficult to find a compatible spoked front wheel with mechanical brake to fit my bike?
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Re: Front wheel swapping

PostAuthor: El Cheapo » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:49 am

Does anyone know any wheels that are are interchangable with the virago? Either aftermarket, or from another model? I would ideally like spoked ones.. or ones with a mechanical brake.

Has anyone ever built a wheel for a virago?
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Re: Front wheel swapping

PostAuthor: Rocker002 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:34 am

You can still use your standard front master cylinder, I've done it before on a Triumph chop I once had. Just gota make sure the fluid level is good other wise you'll suck air into the line. Just give it a go :-)

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PostAuthor: mark75 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:13 am

kind of a "mature" post, but hasn't been marked solved, so...

@ El Cheapo-
virago had "s" models with spoke wheels (I forget which years) watch eBay &/or post in wanted.
bet you'll find some.

you can use m/c tilted, just have to have it level when top is off.
makes more work to check fluid level, but a small price to "make-it-yours".
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PostAuthor: El Cheapo » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:53 am

Thanks fellers!
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Re: Front wheel swapping (Solved)

PostAuthor: Charles/Tx » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:15 pm

Got mine on ebay
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1997 750 Virago, Jardine pipes, Corbin seat. P901 manifold and CV carb. New taillight. New front turn signals. Accel coil, Front spoke wheel.
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