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Hey Craig I just started to fit the VTR forksI bought from Branson. Could I ask you a few questions? Did you ever fit a drum brake on a set of these? What did you use for an anchor for your backing plate link? How much fork oil do you use? And,what air pressure do you use? Sorry if I'm a pain in the ass but I just figured out that my 450 forks are way bent. Could explain the bad chatter that I have been fighting for a while.
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stick with the bent forks or i'll lay down another T2 roadblock. and what the heck, i thought you had to sit on your upgrades for a full season before you actually bolted them on the bike?

bringit-
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Steve,

I'm guessing the vtr forks you picked up are the year that had the funky internal disk brake. There are two different set-ups on vtr250 forks. One that has the fender mounting tab that points upward and the set-up that points the fender mounting tab inwards. Inwards is easy. The one that points upwards would require a bracket be fabbed that would allow you to mount the brake stay. I saw one set-up where a guy welded a bracket to the fork leg. Though I'd think you'd have to make sure that you didn't warp the forks. I had the fork leg that had the bracket pointing inwards.

I don't use any air pressure in the forks. I use 306cc of 15wt fork oil per leg. I tried 20 weight before and I was getting a lot of chatter. It seemed to be cleared up with the lighter oil. With no springs in the fork tubes and the legs compressed completely your oil level should be 110mm from the top of the fork leg.

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hey. I told you they were bent. Remember?

And . . . I have a pair of Cerianis if they would fit. But then you'd have to re-build them

Or you can take the forks off the donor bike I have
 

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Hey thanks for the input.I looked up these forks on the honda parts list and saw what Craig was talking about.My forks are for the standard type disc brake but the lugs to mount the caliper are on the right side.I need them on the left.The swap puts the lugs on the front of the fork leg.I don't know what kind of forces we are dealing with herebut having the lugs behind the leg sure is more appealing.Should I be worried if I use them on the front?I would make a link that would use both lugs on the fork leg.Is there any advantage to having the link further up the leg?One way I came up with would have a link that would be horizonal.It would mount only a few inches above the axel.Is this bad? I'll keep looking at it and any ideas that come up I'll listen.
tt I hope that this is the last of the stuff I have to replace.T2 ha! maybe we should let me go first next time.I think I'm cutting it a bit close here,it's almost the middle of the month,so much to do.
 

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Since you have the forks with the correct type of lugs, just swap the fork legs around. When I used my Suzuki water buffalo front brake I picked up a second set so I'd have two of the fork legs with the brake lugs in the correct spot. Use what you've got. You'll be fine.

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i know its a bump from two years ago but its part of what i would like to know

my plan is to run a gt750 front brake and i would like to run the VTR250 forks on my cb350

not sure what the year range is for the forks that will work better. also anyone have a pic of this set up that im talking about?
would it be better to run the VTR250 trees or a cb550 set?
thanks so much for the help
 
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