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    cb550 has 78+ cb750f forks, why?

    the previous owner of my 76 cb550f put a 78 or later cb750f front end on it... and i was curious as to what benefit that would offer over the standard forks?, what would be gained from it, and what is lost from it?

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    Dual disc brakes were gained
    Spoked wheel was lost

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    different rate of compression on the front suspension more than likely also..
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    750 forks are longer and stiffer springs than 550 ones.
    I replaced tubes and springs on my 550 plus used 750 rear shocks.
    The extra ground clearance came in real handy
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    hmm, I'd prefer to keep my spoke wheels, currently it has a spoke wheel installed and no front brakes, I'm guessing there would be a conflict between the brakes that go with these forks and the rotor on the wheel itself...

    so looking to keep the spoke wheels, what would be the best forks I can use on a 76 550f?

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    It would be easier to modify what you have.
    May need some new axle spacers and probably spacers under rotor/hub mount to get discs in correct position
    With some though and engineering, almost any fork can be fitted to almost any bike
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    are there any benefits to these 750F forks besides dual rotors? if not then Ill keep the option of switching them open, but if I were to change them I'd like to go with inverted forks, and for that a modern sport bike front end would be needed

    are there any inverted forks out there that wouldn't be too difficult to switch to, allows me to reuse my original speedometer, with a compatible hub that would allow me to have a spoke front wheel?

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    All inverted forks are going to be more difficult to fit than 'conventional' and will require some machining of new spacers at the very least
    Most modern inverted forks will also be too short (unless off a custom/cruiser)
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    not true, i see gsxr inverted forks used on these bikes often enough without modification to the forks themselves

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    then it sounds like gsxr forks are what you are looking for
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