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Thank you for the link and the input Mick. If I use the forward controls like the ones from Krafttech for this year bike do I just need to buy a master cylinder separately and mount it with the controls? I have found several different brands of controls that look identical for this year bike but of course none of them have the master included.
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while i appreciate the work and craftsmanship that has been presented here in this thread, a rear brake disk upgrade is -IMHO- not worth the effort, time and trouble. if you can lock the back tire with a drum brake, then you have more stopping power than is required of the rear tire.
I can agree with some of what you say Dragsta but, as I am not running any front brake I want something a little more reliable than a drum for my rear tire. The last thing I ever want is for the back tire to actually lock up, as I have had this happen before (always with a drum) and it was not a good time. I want something to slow me down not skid down the street, as 75%-80% of your braking power comes from a front brake which I will not have. And yes there is some very great craftsmanship in this thread that most people could appreciate.
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... If I use the forward controls like the ones from Krafttech for this year bike do I just need to buy a master cylinder separately and mount it with the controls? ...
Yes. Some ingenuity etc required.
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I just used forwards for a later model big twin and modified them to suit. I have access to a lathe and milling machine though which makes it a lot easier!!
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Shag: no front brake?! give me your SS# so i can take out a life-insurance policy on you.... the one thing i would never do is sacrifice safety for looks.... i would think that you are more likely to lock the rear wheel with a disk.
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rear disks are a lot less likely to lock than a drum ( in my experiance) you have a little more Feel* control over the braking...now, with a near perfect and adjusted to near perfection rear drum brake..they are as good as most, i agree..but a disk brake setup is more controllable..


all my old bikes..I haveaccidentally locked the rear brake...many times... not once that i remember have I ever locked up a disk brake accidentally, or rather without intention to do so...

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and I agree with the front brake( I did one time run a old girder bike, no front brake...never again )
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That is exactly what I was getting at Pan, I have never actually locked up a disc unless it was intentional, I have however locked up more than one drum accidentally (a couple of times by no more than tapping the brake pedal). It is no fun doing 70 mph, tapping the brake pedal and starting to skid.

Normally I would agree and install a front brake, but I have a raked, skinny girder, and some part of me just says the clean minimalist look is the way this bike needs to be. On that note, hopefully downshifting and rear disc will suffice.
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Dragsta, think I'll have to leave the life insurance policy for the ol' lady and kids....LOL I've ridden a couple of bikes without front brakes so I m not too worried about it. You are all right though it is much safer with the front brake installed and I know it, but like I said I want the minimalist look with this girder front end.

The true test will be learning to shift with my right hand as this will be a first for me...we'll see how it goes. I opted on some buckhorns instead of the drag bars I was going to use as I think having my left elbow tucked when I shift will provide a lot more stability, like I said we'll see.
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while i appreciate the work and craftsmanship that has been presented here in this thread, a rear brake disk upgrade is -IMHO- not worth the effort, time and trouble. if you can lock the back tire with a drum brake, then you have more stopping power than is required of the rear tire.
IMHO fabricatin parts (one of a kind) is 1 of the things about these old bikes
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IMHO fabricatin parts (one of a kind) is 1 of the things about these old bikes
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Agreed!

I wish I could sell homemade parts and make a livin @ it

Your a short trip from me Cowboy if your in Tennessee. I don't have all the machinery to do complete fabs, but work with what I have. If I get stuck on something I need fabricated maybe I'll cruise down and pay you for some fabrication work.
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