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250 rear tire mod on shadow VLX600
Old 09-03-2005, 12:18 PM   #1
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250 rear tire mod on shadow VLX600

I seemed to get lots of questions about my latest combo project 14" over forks and 250 rear so i decided to start a new thread so we do not clutter the raked fork thread.

IF YOU ARE NOT MECHANICALLY INCLINED OR DO NOT HAVE ANY FRIENDS WHO KNOW HOW TO WELD THEN STOP READING AT THIS POINT.

here we go
Step #1 remove the rear fender...rear seat.... and get out the METAL cutter..... it gets messy from this point on.

Step#2 Cut the rear fender mount horns at the point where they start to rise out of the seat pan....... while you have the cutter handy it is not a bad idea to get to work on the pipes like i did .....home-made shorties and they sound awesome.
http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/mi/864...,255,1,0,0,0,0

step #3 remove the rear swing arm assembly...[battery/fuse/relay box assy needs to be removed to give access to all the silly bolts and nuts.]

http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/mi/864...,255,1,0,0,0,0

Step#4 Go shopping for a 18 x8.5" wheel and 250/40/18 tire I HIGHLY RECOMMEND wire rims to match your front...saves you from buying a front tire and rim to match the rear.
mount the tire on the rim and start dreaming about your new rear swing arm configuration

http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/mi/864...,255,1,0,0,0,0http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/mi/864...,255,1,0,0,0,0
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:22 PM   #2
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sorry forgot to upload pics...the stupid links expired after 24 hrs
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks fo sharing this with us. Nice start on the step by step. Could you get some close ups on the swing arm and clearances? What arrangement are you going with for the drive (jack shaft)?

This definitely isn't for someone that isn't comfortable around the shop and welder.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:29 PM   #4
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Question

Jack shaft??? What I really want to do is change to a belt drive...but everyone I've talked to says the chain setup is better and more reliable. It also appears to be much simpler with the chain setup...no need to worry about clearances to the frame. I also started out with a hard tail in mind but rode my buddy's hard tail harley and it was one heck of a rough ride so I'm going back to a soft tail design and i plan to use my stock shock/spring into the new swing arm assembly. I'll try to document my new swingarm so i can reproduce it again...'cos most of my riding buddies are drooling anxious to see how mine turns out so they can do the same....I guess I'll be the scape goat this time around again.
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It's another gear used with the front gear to move the chain out to gain clearance for the tire. I don't have a VLX, but I can't see there being enough clearance on the chain side for the 250 unless you are shifting the motor over or off setting the rear tire to one side (which would create a few more issues to deal with).
Just wondering how you are approaching the chain clearance issue. Lots going on in this project.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:53 PM   #6
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Offsetting the motor is the easy way out but I tried that on the first project shadow and it really affects the balance and makes it hard to ride without tilting to oneside to balance it and its a bitch to lean into corners on the unbalanced side. On this one I'd like to offset the drive sprocket with a spacer and leave the motor intact and balanced. The only hurdle i have now is clearance to the gear link arm 'cos now the drive sprocek is directly infront of the gear shifter assembly...but i'll find a way around that for sure.
I'm definately not screwing around with the rear tire off center that's like driving with screwey alignment and not good on wet days BAD BAD idea.
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Old 09-07-2005, 02:08 AM   #7
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thanks for sharing man, I am anxious to see how this turns out.
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horizontal suspension
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horizontal suspension

i dont know if its been done to a motorcycle yet but i had a lifted ranger and we fabricated a horizontel suspension system. looked really sick after it was done ill see if i can upload some pics, but since your in the fabrication stage this might be somthing up your alley it would have people drooling for sure, and could easily be hidden.
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okay guys.. sorry for the delay.. the winter kinda put the brakes on my project .. but with daytona 2 weeks away!! I'm back in full swing and will be ready!! I will post the latest step by step pics in the next day or 2 Rear end complete and mounted paintjob complete..... now I'm screwing around with the front triple tree assy 6 degree rake with 14" over forks!!!
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okay guys.. sorry for the delay.. the winter kinda put the brakes on my project .. but with daytona 2 weeks away!! I'm back in full swing and will be ready!! I will post the latest step by step pics in the next day or 2 Rear end complete and mounted paintjob complete..... now I'm screwing around with the front triple tree assy 6 degree rake with 14" over forks!!!
Was wondering what happened with this project. Looking forward to the updates!
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