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Old 09-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation NEED HELP: Fork swap

I have a '02 GSXR 600 and i want to swap in an USD '02 GSXR 750 fork. What i need is for someone to do the labor, because I dont have the necessary tools to remove the steering stem nuts.

Reason for the swap, is that one of my seals on my existing non-usd fork is leaking. I knew this day was coming soon, so i decided to purchase an usd '02 750 front end a while back for this scenario. As far as the swap, all the hardware is there but i think i might need to visit the dealer and order a steering stem bearing outer race??

Is anyone up to the job? Experience would be a plus. Thanks--- John
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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If the stems and bearings are the same it's an easy swap. All you need is basic tools and a way to hold the front of the bike up. If you have time off during the week we can do it. I am only home one weekend this month an it is booked up.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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i can do it, did you get both triples????
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:09 PM   #4
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i could do it or if not tellu how like he said did u get the triples cuase the new usd forks will be bigger diameter. and if u are gettin the outer race might as well get the whole bearing cause its wore out.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:36 AM   #5
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Get an ALL BALLZ head bearing kit. Cheaper than dealer. You gotta replace everything.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:33 AM   #6
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Pretty easy, just takes some time. Be patient and careful not to knock the bike over while the front end is off. You will have to take off the mirrors, undo the headlights and speedo, upper fairing, both side fairings, fairing stay, clip-ons, etc... You should be able to use the bearings you take off the old assembly, but that will be up to you upon inspection with it off the bike.

TAKE PICTURES of where your wiring was routed. This will help GREATLY. You don't want something pinched up in there and find out in a corner when your bars won't fully rotate. Make sure to test ride at low speeds after putting her back together for feel. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have the suspension setup at Motorcycles Unlimited afterwards either ($25 well worth it dollars). Also, make sure to measure both clip-ons from the top of the fork tube so that they are equi-distant from the top and also from triple to triple. I'm sure I've missed something, so any other questions ask and someone should be able to help you out. Dbuck helped me replace mine (K3 GSXR 600) about 9 months ago.
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no need to take off the fairings for a fork swap. But you do need to get new clip ons and the USD uppers are fatter.
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We didn't have a front stand at the time, hence the reason for the side fairings to be taken off. Jacked her up on her belly and rear stand.
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I have all the parts necessary for the swap but will definitely look into seeing if the bearings are good.

What does everybody think about replacing the steering stem bearing outer race?? The Suzuki manual says to replace it... i dunno.
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I have all the parts necessary for the swap but will definitely look into seeing if the bearings are good.

What does everybody think about replacing the steering stem bearing outer race?? The Suzuki manual says to replace it... i dunno.
you need a tool to replace that. find a way to support the front end without placing pressure on the forks. if you have agarage with the beams showing, use that and some tie down straps.
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