Joining the Club (KX125)

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Joining the Club (KX125)

Post by Goat » 12:18 am Mar 23 2020

Donor parts have arrived. Time to get to work.
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Post by KDXGarage » 05:46 am Mar 23 2020

Congrats, and good luck.
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Post by GATOROC » 12:43 pm Mar 23 2020

Looks like a nice setup! Keep us posted on the swap.
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Post by VTMTcowboy » 01:09 pm Mar 23 2020

Nice! Definitely post up some process photos as well as the end result.
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Post by SS109 » 05:42 pm Mar 23 2020

What year forks did you get?
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Post by doakley » 08:04 pm Mar 23 2020

You're gonna' love them. One tip, your KDX front brake caliper will probably bolt right up allowing you to reroute the brake line so it no longer goes under the fork. You'll have to fabricate a mount for the KDX brake line clamp onto the fork guard. I tried a couple of different ideas but finally settled on a piece of aluminum "L" stock from Lowe's. Cut to length, drill holes and mount. Works perfectly. I rivited mine to the fork guard with aluminum rivets from the back side of the fork guard so it wouldn't scratch up the forks.

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Post by Goat » 12:55 am Mar 24 2020

The forks are from 2000. The rim and wheel assy is 1997. I thought they’d be a married set. But oh well.
Plus you will note a fresh set of seemingly straight protaper handle bars.....that might take some getting used to.
Doakley, I suspect you already posted your fancy bracket, but if you don’t mind posting again or directing me to a photo I’ll give it a shot.
I have been accused of using my daughter’s bicycle parts to make blower carb linkage mate up (of course not true) so a Lowe’s bracket might be a little hi-brow.
I was kind of interested in why they’d go under instead of using the kdx-style caliper. Is there a reason the lower one has any MX benefit?
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Post by KDXGarage » 01:31 am Mar 24 2020

Look up Honda CR brake line patent. 2003 last year
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Post by Goat » 02:02 am Mar 24 2020

Ha! That is crazy (like a fox). I had no idea TY. On side note one of the articles said it is same reason nobody could compete with Honda on 3-wheelers. They patented the proper engine location somehow.
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Post by doakley » 10:44 am Mar 25 2020

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May not be the best photo but what I had. I bought a 3' piece of aluminum "L" stock at Lowe's. I forgot what size but I took the little Kawasaki brake line clamp with me to Lowe's to be sure I got the best size. I think it was 1" but not sure.

Then just cut off a piece long enough to fit the little Kawi clamp. Drill holes in the "L" stock piece to allow for rivets and to mount the Kawi brake line clamp. I rounded the edges of the "L" bracket piece on a bench grinder to eliminate sharpe corners and edges (for my hands when doing maintenance and washing the bike!)

Using a pop rivet tool and aluminum rivets (aren't they all?), rivet the bracket to the fork guard from the BACK side of the guard so no rivets scrape along your forks as they move.

This has lasted for about a year or so through the National Enduros and some local HS races.

Alternative is to find some fork guards that have the brake cable holder already molded in place and can be modified to fit the KX forks. I didn't find any.

Done!

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Post by Goat » 12:40 am Mar 27 2020

Thanks Doak for that crummy picture ......that reminded me I had seen something like it before. There’s a perfect shot of it on pg4 of your KDX National Enduro topic. Very slick. I’ll work on copying.
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Post by doakley » 01:14 pm Mar 27 2020

Goat wrote:
12:40 am Mar 27 2020
Thanks Doak for that crummy picture ......that reminded me I had seen something like it before. There’s a perfect shot of it on pg4 of your KDX National Enduro topic. Very slick. I’ll work on copying.
Pfffttt! I didn't even think to look there!

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Post by Goat » 12:57 am Mar 29 2020

Off to RB, on Monday. .... next, see if I can change a tire without pinching the tube.
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Post by kdxsully » 07:36 am Mar 29 2020

If you’re human like me, probably not :lol:
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Post by Goat » 03:43 am Apr 02 2020

Well, I better get prepped. My parts made it to RB, today. And I was thinking USPS was sending me text to say they arrived.
Nope! He’s shipping them back, tomorrow.
So I swapped the tire and it even seems to hold air. Should know for sure in the morning.
Now, I gotta dig through my spare metals bin to see if I have the makings for a fancy brake line bracket to match the Doakley clamp.
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Re: Joining the Club (KX125)

Post by treelimb » 01:14 pm Apr 02 2020

exciting isn't it? I remember the period when I was getting my fork conversion together,the donor bike,the disassembly, and all that good stuff. Things actually took about 3 years due to set backs,but when it finally started, things went well. That final period was about 6 months but some of that was on me.

anyhoo,CONGRATS!!!!! it won't be long and that KDX will feel different-

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Post by Goat » 07:04 pm Apr 02 2020

This is pretty cool.
Plus I may not even need a trip to Lowe’s. I have found a fine selection of bracket candidates, and even looks like I have the one for direct copy of Doak. It has even been rivet tested for some reason I can’t recall. Probably just showing my kid how to use the pop gun.
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Post by doakley » 07:29 pm Apr 02 2020

There you go! You should be able to fabricate up something from all that.

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Post by Goat » 03:07 am Apr 03 2020

And the winner is kick down cable bracket from TH350.
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Post by Goat » 03:10 am Apr 03 2020

Fitcheck looks like it should work.
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