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Old 02-02-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

Hey guys. Having a bit of a mental breakdown, can't seem to find this step-by-step guide to swapping the gsxr forks with pix. I could do it without the guide, but it would be nice to just look it over. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Maybe such a thing doesn't exist...am i making this up?
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

Mmmm its a laaaarge thread "fork swap guide" http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=59000

http://www.gregoryli.com/2007/05/ask...front-end.html

or try looking for any other related thread using "forks swap guide or gsxr front end swap"
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

Theres no one great write up that takes you step by step in completing the gsxr swap. Trust me, I've looked at all of them. You can piece together a decent step by step if you take out different elements out of various guide and build thread. And in my opinion, some parts would be best done my video like the bearing seating and extracting. It can be hard to see whats going on if you only have a still shot. I would have been a little lost if I didn't get help as there is no clear explanation of it. If I were to do it again I could make a great guide because now I have all the proper tools to do so and would go much quicker.

My suggestions would to be:

1. Read as much as you can about the swap before you actually do it. Plan for it months in advance. Nothing every goes 100% as predicted with these kind of things. I started on January 19th but Im still waiting on parts arrive so I can official complete my swap. Im in no rush however because its still cold.

2. Find someone who has done the swap before to help you out, if possible. It will make things get done so much quicker.

I could make a decent guide... at least better than what has been done before but it would still be murky some areas because I hate taking pictures while tooling... im much too focused and I dont like getting my camera greasy.

Some special tools that will make things go smoothly:

Steering tube bearing installer
Steering stem race remover
Steering race press
Security torx bit (size 40) - Not the regular torx--- SECURITY TORX
Suzuki steering stem locknut tool

Regular tools:
Torque wrench (0-150 lbs range) - get a HIGH quality torque wrench, I got a cheap one that over torqued and caused my coolant drain bolt to break off and top triple to crack
Metric sockets (4mm – 30mm) The top triple nut needed a 30mm nut, might be different on 2nd gen
Metric hex allen wrenches (4mm – 14mm)
Multi-purpose grease - redline is good one
Lift/Jack and front/rear stand - I used pitbull frame stands lift the front end of the SV by the motosliders
SV manual, I have a Haynes manual, cylmers manual and the orginal SV manual. I recommend Cylmers
GSXR Manual - nobody ever mentioned getting this in any of the guides I believe, I downloaded it for free to get the torque specs

This is not the end all be all, tou might still need some random tools like a file, punch, long ass screwdriver, dead blow hammer, rubber mallet... each situation is slightly different.

You probably don't NEED any of those specialty tools but the security torx but this will give you the cleanest install. Especially if you a hamfisted noob. I did a number on triple utilizing the dirty method with hammer/screwdriver... still functional but man was it a UGLY job.

Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:32 PM   #4
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

Omari, thanks a lot for that. Yeah i thought there wasnt a write-up, i think i'm getting it confused with the fork oil one.... i seem to remember the guy hanging his bike from the ceiling or something like that.

but yeah i already have the forks, brake system, and a custom triple that allows me to use handlebars, steering stop, ignition, headlight and cluster. all i need now is wheel and speedo mod but it would be nice to have everything laid out. thanks for giving me a list of tools too. I'll keep perusing the fork swap guide in the meantime...
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

yeah keeping the bike lifted will be tricky while swapping. I already have rear/front triple tree stands but obviously if there isn't a triple tree i can't use the front stand. i've seen people use jackstands on the motosliders to keep bike lifted. it looks secure, i think it should be fine so i'll try that. I have SV shop manual, i think getting a gsxr one is probably a good idea too.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

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Theres no one great write up that takes you step by step in completing the gsxr swap. Trust me, I've looked at all of them. You can piece together a decent step by step if you take out different elements out of various guide and build thread. And in my opinion, some parts would be best done my video like the bearing seating and extracting. It can be hard to see whats going on if you only have a still shot. I would have been a little lost if I didn't get help as there is no clear explanation of it. If I were to do it again I could make a great guide because now I have all the proper tools to do so and would go much quicker.

My suggestions would to be:

1. Read as much as you can about the swap before you actually do it. Plan for it months in advance. Nothing every goes 100% as predicted with these kind of things. I started on January 19th but Im still waiting on parts arrive so I can official complete my swap. Im in no rush however because its still cold.

2. Find someone who has done the swap before to help you out, if possible. It will make things get done so much quicker.

I could make a decent guide... at least better than what has been done before but it would still be murky some areas because I hate taking pictures while tooling... im much too focused and I dont like getting my camera greasy.

Some special tools that will make things go smoothly:

Steering tube bearing installer
Steering stem race remover
Steering race press

Security torx bit (size 40) - Not the regular torx--- SECURITY TORX
Suzuki steering stem locknut tool

Regular tools:
Torque wrench (0-150 lbs range) - get a HIGH quality torque wrench, I got a cheap one that over torqued and caused my coolant drain bolt to break off and top triple to crack
Metric sockets (4mm – 30mm) The top triple nut needed a 30mm nut, might be different on 2nd gen
Metric hex allen wrenches (4mm – 14mm)
Multi-purpose grease - redline is good one
Lift/Jack and front/rear stand - I used pitbull frame stands lift the front end of the SV by the motosliders
SV manual, I have a Haynes manual, cylmers manual and the orginal SV manual. I recommend Cylmers
GSXR Manual - nobody ever mentioned getting this in any of the guides I believe, I downloaded it for free to get the torque specs

This is not the end all be all, tou might still need some random tools like a file, punch, long ass screwdriver, dead blow hammer, rubber mallet... each situation is slightly different.

You probably don't NEED any of those specialty tools but the security torx but this will give you the cleanest install. Especially if you a hamfisted noob. I did a number on triple utilizing the dirty method with hammer/screwdriver... still functional but man was it a UGLY job.

Good luck.
Excellent advise, but the bearing tools really aren't needed for a second gen.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:25 AM   #7
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Mmmm its a laaaarge thread "fork swap guide" http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=59000

http://www.gregoryli.com/2007/05/ask...front-end.html

or try looking for any other related thread using "forks swap guide or gsxr front end swap"
I read the fork swap guide thread at least twice and skimmed through allot of it more then a few times before deciding how I wanted to do everything.

Also read the new thread http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=135430
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Re: Where is the step-by-step gsxr swap pictoral guide? does it exist?

BoostinChick's write up

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=132172

08sv's write up

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=128818

both of those write ups also helped me quite a bit. i didn't really bother to do a write up since there are so many resources and good write ups on here already for the swap, but if you have any questions that aren't answered in the threads I might be able to help.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #9
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If you're doing it for a race bike (i.e. no speedo) then it's a surprisingly easy swap. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was literally just unbolt everything, pull it off, put the GSX one on, bolt everything back up.

It's def. easier if you can find a full front-end all together so you're not buying tons of parts separately.

For suspending it, I pulled the tank and airbox off, looped some tie-downs over a beam in my basement and hung the front-end of the bike from the ceiling. Nice and easy and I can ratchet the tie downs up to lift the front-end off the ground.
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Thanks drinkbrew!
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