2017 xt 2012 frame/exhaust swap
So I had a 2012 orange 650, had done 60k kms, really happy with it but wanted the gold spoked wheels, they look nice, looked at buying the parts to build the wheels but very pricey, about $3500AUD plus building them.
Then a damaged 2017xt came up for sale, a stat write off, so parts only, whole bike virtually brand new for half the cost of the spoked wheel parts/build . Bent forks, bent frame, broken headlight, no mudguard, missing LHS tank cover, but 6 weeks old and 3000kms, 2 keys and owners manual. Took a chance on the front wheel being OK and apart from two slightly loose spokes, all good.
What to do, tossed a few ideas around and have ended up dropping the 2012 frame, forks and mudguard onto/into the 2017 bike.
So now the bike is quite unique, it is a 2017 yellow gold xt, with bits from the 2012, a "Barrett" full system high exhaust pipe - dont think this has been done yet. Plus an Ohlins SU216 rear shock, altrider bash plate and engine guards, lowered foot pegs, Barrett rear racks, LED indicators (had to move stock for exhaust) TAG handle bars, barkbuster guards, 1" up and back risers.
Rear suspension raised 30mm and working on extending the fork damper rods to raise front slightly. Also Cogent DDC's and fork brace
It is a leaner legal bike, so power reduced via ECU, which is both good and bad, it will need a re-flash. But "Woolich" racing in QLD have just released the BIN files for the 2017, so early next year it will get dynoed and tuned for the open exhaust, be interesting to see how this goes.
I'll get some images up and see what you think.
2017xt 650 vstrom, yellow.
Ohlins SU216 rear shock, .85 fork springs, cogent DDC, Barret 3/4 exhaust, 20mm rear raising links, ricks fork brace, oxford heated grips, Radguard, Altrider bash plate & engine bars, Steel pony soft panniers and rack, TAG bars, foot peg lowering brackets, gear lever extension, bar end mirrors.
Last edited by ddphillips; 12-27-2018 at 05:22 PM.
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