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Old 2nd July 2006
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I'm wanting to make a street fighter type bike out of my '06 883 custom and am trying to find a way to improve the suspension with the best bang for the buck. I was looking at the Storz inverted forks which are very nice but also kinda pricey.

Are there any other options that might work well and not be so expensive? I was thinking maybe a Buell front end would work?

I'd even consider conventional forks (like some M2 Cyclone forks I found on eBay) as long as the performance is better over stock. I am planning on running a 16" front wheel with a 110 or 120 tire so the narrow forks have to go. I'm also hoping to run dual disks in the front too....

Thanks for any advice.

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I believe the Buell forks will bolt to the sportster neck. Someone here will know for sure. I am planning this also and will wait for the experts to answer. Bert posted a pic of a sporty with the Buell front end so I know it can be done, I just don't know if any other mods are needed to make it fit.
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sounds like too much money/work to upgrade one aspect of the bike. maybe start with progressive or racetec springs with emulators, put money into rear shocks, engine. you know, spread it around till you know exactly what you want.

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I dont really think all of that is necessary, and you can get a 110/120 into the stock forks(without a fender, or if you modify the fender somehow). some progressives and a fork brace would make a world of difference.

Edit- You should be able to get a 110 on a 19" wheel on the front, and i believe witht he fender still installed.
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I dont really think all of that is necessary, and you can get a 110/120 into the stock forks(without a fender, or if you modify the fender somehow). some progressives and a fork brace would make a world of difference.

Edit- You should be able to get a 110 on a 19" wheel on the front, and i believe witht he fender still installed.
You are correct, I am running a 110 now with the fender on and zero problems.

The cost of doing the Buell front end isn't as great as you think. You can pick up a complete front end on the bay for around $250 to $350.

Anyone know off hand what the cost of Progressive springs are ??

The dual disc from Zanotti's is $275 I think.

Perhaps we should do a cost comparison just to see exactly what each conversion would cost and what the benefits of each are.

The reason I am considering this is the fact that I already have the wheels and rotors and I also dig the streetfighter look.
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progressive springs $69.00. There is a sticky here on how to do it.
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When I think of a street fighter, I don't picture upgraded stock suspension. I picture an inverted front end off another bike. I'm not actually sure what I picture as a street fighter. Something like the Confederate Hellcat or Wraith?



I'm not sure what the OP has in mind. Maybe a pic of something that would serve as inspiration would be helpful?

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When I think of a street fighter, I don't picture upgraded stock suspension. I picture an inverted front end off another bike. I'm not actually sure what I picture as a street fighter. Something like the Confederate Hellcat or Wraith?



I'm not sure what the OP has in mind. Maybe a pic of something that would serve as inspiration would be helpful?

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Check out the routing of the rear exhaust. It exits through the swingarm. That corrugated silver piece flexes.

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i saw that, but that drop after the seat still scares me, twist the trhottle once, slip off seat, ass hurts, balls hurt, possible burns, and a possible crash... no thank you.
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