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Old 07-09-2019, 10:36 AM   #1
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S to N conversion - silly question

Guys, hello, I am back, I tried, well I did sell the SV, ended up with other bikes, got a GSXR-750 for track as the SV was been beat and she did not deserve that, so I sold it and said I will get a second bike, something different something bla bla bla and could not resist and ended up getting another SV650 again, I think we are addicts

Well enough said, I know got an 06 S model, previously 00 n model, of course I do not need the clip ons and the pain, I got the GSXr for that, and the SV to relax me ,

I seen all threads about the bar conversions, the triple tree, etc, but I have not seen anyone talking about just drilling couple of holes on the current triple top and installing one of those bar clamps like the one's used in the N model., I believe I do not need to change the triple, i can adventure and just pop those clams in there, drill 1 or 2 holes to attach them and just mount the bars...get SS lines and longer cables and thats about it.
But I just do not see why I could not just do that.

Any warning or word of caution?
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:15 PM   #2
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

It's been done, and I have never heard of a problem.
I would suggest thick washers above and below the triple to distribute the stresses.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:46 PM   #3
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

The only concern that I would have is if there is any structural "webbing" on the underside of the top triple. If so you may need to grind it away in order to fit the nut and washers on the underside.

Most people just opt to buy a triple from an N model to save themselves the time and energy. Sometimes you can source them with the clamps for less than a good set of aftermarket clamps alone.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

N uppers and S steering stems have different angles,
although some scammers will deny this.
If they were the same, there would be only one part number for all steering stems.
But there are four, and you can't tell what you've got by looking.
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So first you have to find a set of matching upper and lower clamps guaranteed to be from an N.
Then you buy the special tools to remove and replace the parts.
Buy and install new steering stem bearings at the same time,
since this is the last time you will ever want to do this.

By the way, the underside of the S part does have a pattern embossed,
so maybe a bit of bondo for the bottom washers:
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:46 PM   #5
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

I just went ahead and drilled two 10mm holes in our S's top clamp and threw on an inexpensive set of riser/clamps. Working fine for 2500 miles.
It does get tight on the right side one near the ignition switch boss, so don't go wide. I wound up cutting a straight onto the underneath washer. Tough getting a wrench on it, too.
Extending the wiring cables is the next pain. The Motion Pro extended control cables were fall-off-a-log easy and it needed new cables anyway.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:06 PM   #6
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

I am glad I am not alone ,
I just could not find a reason not too. CherryRiver where did you get the inexpensive clamps?..I been looking up ebay and there is like a million of option, I am trying to stay away from the China one to avoid the delayed shipping.
I was about to replace the brake lines anyway, always have SS on all bikes, cables are the next thing to order.
If you can post few pics of your setup that would be nice..
and as always thank you all a bunch for your help.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:46 PM   #7
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-Of-Han...MAAOSwfCpbH0Zz claim to be in TX so it shouldn't take too long to arrive
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:49 PM   #8
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Thanks Junkie,
I saw those, the only thing I did not like was the bolts they used, so I ended up going with this set (I am not sure if I am allowed to post links but here it goes - apologies moderators if I cannot)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-7-8-22....c100005.m1851
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:02 PM   #9
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Re: S to N conversion - silly question

Here's my Heli Multi Tour Sport bars conversion.

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