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post #1 of 7 Old 12-07-2016, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Why won't a WEE front wheel fit a VEE?

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I have read several different websites and posts that state that the first gen WEE (pre 2006) won't fit on a first gen VEE? What are the specific reasons? The two reason I have found are listed below.

1. DL 650 has a speedo drive
2. The DL 1000 has a larger axle then the DL 650.

Are these the only reason? Could the Wee wheel be bored out to fit the larger Vee axle (if that is an issue)?


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Ok,

I have read several different websites and posts that state that the first gen WEE (pre 2006) won't fit on a first gen VEE? What are the specific reasons? The two reason I have found are listed below.

1. DL 650 has a speedo drive
2. The DL 1000 has a larger axle then the DL 650.

Are these the only reason? Could the Wee wheel be bored out to fit the larger Vee axle (if that is an issue)?


Thanks.

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There's also hub width and disk mounting. Given enough time, money and a well equipped machine shop I suppose it could be done, but it would be far cheaper to just buy the right wheel.

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It is an issue. The wheel has ball bearings. You don't bore out wheels for bearings. The Vee uses 20x47x14mm front bearings. The Wee uses 17x40x12mm front bearings. You would need 20x40x12 wheel bearings to fit the Wee axle and that size is only available in thrust bearings, not wheel bearings. If you wanted to machine out the bearing seats, that would not be done by boring. It's a complex job requiring precision machinery, not a drill. If there was enough metal in the area to machine it out without weakening the wheel, and doesn't look like there is, it would be very expensive.



Then there is the speedo sensor. It can't be made any larger so you'd have to rig up a different type of sensor system.

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Could you change the forks and wheel? Or is the triple designed differently between the two?
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Thanks everyone for the feedback, I have seen it suggested that if you really wanted to use a pre '06' Wee wheel on a Vee you would need to swap the whole front end out. Which is a lot of work to just use a pre '06' Wee wheel on a Vee. Don't know if the triple clamp is the same or not.

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Even if you changed the entire front end, you wouldn't have a speedo sensor.

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Yep, you'd need the whole front end.

If you were trying to put a Wee front end on a Vee for some reason, you wouldn't need the speedo sensor -- the Vee's speedo sensor is on the front sprocket. You'd have to leave the sensor in place, but it would only function as a spacer so you'd just clip the wire or machine a substitute.

Suzuki presumably had good reasons for using a larger axle -- the Vee is heavier and a lot more powerful. But I guess you probably wouldn't die right away or anything. Lots of earlier Suzukis were even heavier and used even smaller forks, axles, and bearings.


If you tried to put a Vee front end on a Wee, then you'd have the problem of how to make the speedo work. If the reason(s) for making the swap involved destruction of the rest of the front end, including the instruments, then you might not care if you're using something else, like an aftermarket computer or a bicycle speedo.


There are about a zillion Wees for every Vee, so I don't see the latter scenario happening very often.

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