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How about an earlier model CB450 DLS front drum?
With some tune up work it should adequate for the street.
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i like mine. ive discovered mos of the early diskers pretty much suck out of the box. no venting, and single pucks. you could convert to a cast rotor and call mike out at vintage brake. he could probably set you up with something good. i know just moving to a more aggressive pad will help. the 650 is good. so is a 450 brake. and you can always go buffalo or something even more expensive and big. id say start with talking to mike at vintage brake. he probably has a compound that is godd for what youre doing. and get that disk vented. you could always bolt up another disk to it and run dual disks.

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Yeah...what Joe C. said, good advice .... might as well see what you can do with the system that is there. I bet with the right disk and pads you could increase breaking about 40%. Might want to add a braided line to your list.
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im not sure on the 450 legs if the one side is missing the brake stay hole. id have to look at mine and see. i think going the route jb and i like. mike morse can set you up something nice. he can turn an ordinary single puck disk into something pretty good. with just a set of pads and the right rotor.

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yes they do have both.

you can run the same master cyl. just split the lines.

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Rosko,

I am surprised you didn't ask me about this. I am also surprised to see you posting this week...I though you were out of the country.

I have a spare cb750 front end if you wanna try it out on your bike, it's a 76 supersport front so it might be a little too big.

After I found out about the h1-ex500 caliper conversion I started looking for other calipers I can adapt to other bikes. I need to know the rotor thickness so I can find a caliper to match it. The adapter bracket is easy to make out of plate steel. When you get back in town come over with the bike and we'll figure something out.

BTW congrats dude. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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Rosko,

I am surprised you didn't ask me about this. I am also surprised to see you posting this week...I though you were out of the country.

I have a spare cb750 front end if you wanna try it out on your bike, it's a 76 supersport front so it might be a little too big.

After I found out about the h1-ex500 caliper conversion I started looking for other calipers I can adapt to other bikes. I need to know the rotor thickness so I can find a caliper to match it. The adapter bracket is easy to make out of plate steel. When you get back in town come over with the bike and we'll figure something out.

BTW congrats dude. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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Yeah well I AM OUT OF THE COUNTRY!! But I love you all so much that I check -in from the ass end of the planet!
I'm definitly interested in the 750 front end ... when I get back.
Australia is cold in spring, like october in new york! The coffee is horrible, no one understands english and, riding on the other side of the road is unerving but, the wives are good. See you next month.


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seth,

I actually turned down another free bike today. A 90's kawasaki vulcan shaftie that had seen better days. About the only thing useful to me off it would have been the front end (lester looking front wheel, modern single pot calipers, and dual discs) which I could see had a pronounced bend in it (probably from being dropped). The bike was around the corner from me and the owner threw it out in the street (literally on it's side) to be picked up just as I was walking by. Still might go back under the cover of darkness when the GF is not with me.

Nice compact single pot and dual disc setup, might be adaptable to your existing setup.

on another interesting note the ex500/zx6 calipers I have been expirimenting with take a 5mm thick rotor. If your cb450 rotor is thicker than this we can turn it down, if thinner we will have to find another rotor (cb750?). I have brackets made up for the cb750 and the h1 coming in from texas, if you bring your bike over for me to get measurements I think I can have a bracket made up for the cb450. Once new caliper off an ex500 will lock the front wheel easy. I spoke to a triple racer in NM and he tells me the dual ex calipers he was running was overkill...found he was locking the brake with two fingers going into almost every corner, with one brake he has much more control. with your cb450, one modern caliper should be all you need...plus nobody will ever spot it because most NYC motorcycle people don't look that close.
 
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