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i'm wanting to swap some inverted forks onto my 2009 iron and im wondering if anyone has done it? like some gsxr forks or something?
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You'd need to include the whole front end - from the top triple all the way down to the brakes.

You can fit anything if you have access to a machine shop and can make or modify a fork stem to adapt the frame to the triples from the donor bike and an axle and spacers to adapt your wheel to the forks. Or use the axle and wheel from the donor bike which just leaves you with the stem.

Otherwise I think there's a couple guys on here working on getting XR1200 forks onto theirs, but to the best of my knowledge haven't finished so haven't posted the details.
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A Buell front end would be sweet !! Do a search on here because RottenRalph done that swap and it worked out great !!
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PM Forum member "leo" He put a ZX-7 front end on his Sporty.
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maybe some guys who have done it will chime in, im wanting to do the front end and im going to try to figure out whats needed for the xr1200 swingarm swap as well
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i have done it.
mine is off a zx7r.
it will be best to get a complete front end (wheels, brakes, triples, axles, spacers, etc)
then just get a custom stem made.
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Accutronix has 54MM triple trees for your sporty so and 54kk can be fitted without issue. The setup Leo has is about as good as it gets.
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7 Pages of Suspension

There are other options for good suspension. Has anybody actually fitted an XR swing arm to an XL? The last I remember there was a long list of reasons why it won't fit, but my memory is not so good these days.
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I've got a 58mm Inverted Front End mad by Marzocchi. Originally kept the front brake but, swapped it out last year for a six piston Jaybrake. I love mine. Greatly improved the performance of the bike in the twisties. If you can afford it, I'd highly recommend it.

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That's a fine looking bike you have there... and what on earth is the building... you live in a castle?
Do you have any problems with fork seals? I had two KTM LC400's a few years back, both fitted with WP upside down forks.... both suffered terribly with damaged fork seals because they were more exposed to low down road dirt. Had to fit heavy duty off road seals to lengthen duration.
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