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I've been looking to upgrade the front-end of my 2003 solid-mount Sportster and mostly looking at GSXR options, but just realized that maybe the new Roadster would be an easier swap? Anyone have any insight into this?
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More than likely you will have to swap out the whole front end. Triple trees, brakes, wheel, and fender to say the least.

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More than likely you will have to swap out the whole front end. Triple trees, brakes, wheel, and fender to say the least.

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Yup, that's what I'm thinking. My hope is that the front end would at least mount up to the frame easier than the GSXR front end (which needs a solution like Cognito's custom triples)
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Also FYI- the front forks on some GSXRs cannot be re-bushed; therefore they are unrebuildable. 2007s are like this, I used to ride one. Stay away from KYB forks. Showas are fine.

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Thanks, that's good to know. I'm also looking into XR1200 swaps. Does anyone know how easy that is to bolt onto a frame-mount?
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Thanks, that's good to know. I'm also looking into XR1200 swaps. Does anyone know how easy that is to bolt onto a frame-mount?
Can't help with that, sorry.

I just knew about the GSXR thing because I used to own one.

I blew a fork seal and didn't fix it right away, since I always put new bushings in when I do fork seals. Neither Suzuki nor Race Tech sold bushings for it, so I just put new seals in. They didn't even last a week.

Came to find out the bushings in some KYB forks are pressed in and don't come out, so I ended up having to buy a whole new to me fork leg.

The 2009 and newer models use quality Showa BPF forks, and those are good to go.

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The CX triple tree stem takes the same 48300-60 top and bottom bearing setup that's been used for decades. I can tell ya, as an owner of a CX, the stock suspension for the bike isn't terrible. Which is a nice change of pace...
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The CX triple tree stem takes the same 48300-60 top and bottom bearing setup that's been used for decades. I can tell ya, as an owner of a CX, the stock suspension for the bike isn't terrible. Which is a nice change of pace...
Thanks for the pointer, dude! I'm not finding CX forks on the market, but am finding XR1200. I know its a different topic, but happen to know if that's similar to the CX?
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XR forks are longer than the CX. In all seriousness, parts fische and a tape measure/calipers are your best friends when swapping parts around.
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I'm thinking, if you can find one, the XR1200 would be easiest, as coming off a similar bike as you have, won't need as much to set up.
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