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post #1 of 54 Old 10-22-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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SV650 front wheel installation on a DL650

Installing a used 07 SV650 17 inch front wheel/fender on a 08 DL650 Vstrom.

DL650 with original 19 inch front wheel:



DL650 with SV650 front wheel/fender installed before painting:




The original 08 DL650 front rotors would not fit the 07 SV650 front wheel due to the rotor mounting bolt circle being larger diameter on the 08 DL650.

07 SV650 wheel:



08 DL650 Wheel and Rotor:



Purchased a set of used 06 DL650 front rotors and they fit the 07 SV650 wheel. Before mounting the SV650 wheel, checked fit of 08 DL650 axle in 07 SV650 wheel/bearings and the 08 DL650 axle fit the same depth as it did in the 08 DL650 wheel/bearings. Also measured distance between original mounting surface of 08 DL650 rotors, compared to mounting surfaces on the SV650 wheel and both were the same. DL650 rotors are larger diameter than SV650 rotors, so 06 DL650 rotors were used to match the original diameter of the 08 DL650 rotors. The calipers are a tight fit removing/replacing SV wheel, caliper needs to be "gently" rocked back & forth to expand the gap between the brake pads to remove.



Cuts made in SV650 fender as shown:







Gaps from 120/70/17 tire to fender front & back:

Rear:



Front:



The front mounting holes were drilled first about 11/16" to 3/4" from the center of the curve
above the hole to the center of the hole:



Left 1/4" gap as seen from the fender to the fork tube. Only drilled the front holes first to allow for tire clearance adjustment when drilling rear holes:



Purchased about $6 worth of mounting hardware from Lowes, material used: two 3/16"X1" fender washers, four nylon spacers 1/2"X.194"X1", two M6-1.00W30 bolts for the front, two M5-.80X40 bolts for the rear



Hardware from Lowes used as follows, cut the the front nylon spacers almost in half with about 25 degree angle on one end & drilled original ID hole large enough for front M6 bolts, used fender washers on inside of front fender and cut about 1/8" off of rear nylon spacers to use as washers on inside of rear fender, drilling not necessary for bushing ID for M5 bolts:



Inside of SV650 fender installed:



Finished detail photos:





Just got back from a twisty/sweeper ride in the NC mountains. Really like the 17" front wheel's handling. When the foot pegs touched down, I did not want to go any faster.

Need to paint the front fender next!

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post #2 of 54 Old 10-22-2011, 08:18 PM
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please keep us posted on how this feels

great post !!

please keep us updated on how this feels in various types of riding

I guess the Wee feels less like a Barcalounger on 2 wheels - probably more like a heavier SV650

its a mod I may want to do to get the bike lower
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Most excellent.........!!!!!!

Thanks for taking time to write/post pics.........very detailed and methodical install......."I like the way you talk, boy" (as Carl would say).

I guess this lowers the front end by 1".........??

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It handles like a tall SV650. Had a 07 SV650 and really liked it. Also like the solo & two up comfort of the Vstrom.

The modification lowered the front 1". Was worried lowering the front 1" would cause early touch down of the foot pegs, but after the twisty/sweeper ride today, no issues for me.

Pushed it today on Rt. 181 uphill & downhill fast sweepers, and "really" liked the feel and handling.

Downside is don't know how fast I am going until checking it with a GPS. Will try to set the speedometer up to indicate closer to the correct speed.

Really like this modification!!!!

Thanks!!!!

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Just ordered a plug & play model S1 SpeedoDRD electronic device to correct the speedometer. It will adjust speedometer inputs by .1% to 99.9%
to the positive or negative. Guess I said that right.

This is the only thing the smaller wheel modification needed to be complete on my Vstrom.

12oclockLabs manufactures the unit sold by various retailers. Ordered mine for $70 delivered, probably less than a speeding ticket!

http://shop.12oclocklabs.com/index.p...&product_id=59

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Looked for head shake or wobble (hands off) around 45MPH experienced with the stock 19" front wheel. The Vstrom (V650) was rock solid with the SV650wheel.

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Unless I am mistaken about fork geometry, changing to the shorter wheel/tire should have reduced both rake and trail making the bike less stable.

Did you move the forks in the sliders to compensate or lower the rear suspension, too?

Steering damper?

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Unless I am mistaken about fork geometry, changing to the shorter wheel/tire should have reduced both rake and trail making the bike less stable.
On the other hand, The Strom has more rake and trail to start with than a sport bike and lowering the front will prevent the aerodynamic lift that can make the steering vague at high speed.

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Did not adjust the height of the front or rear, except for the 17" front wheel lowering the front 1". Measured the original front 19" wheel with 110/80/19 Trailwing mounted was 26" diameter and the SV650 17" wheel with 120/70/17 Pilot Road II mounted was 24" diameter.

Have a 150/70/17 PR-II on the shelf to replace the rear 150/70/17 Trailwing, later this week.

Have had issues with head shake (wobble) before & after head bearings were tightened with the original 19" wheel installed. Replacing the 19" Conti Road Attack with a Trailwing resolved the problem until reaching 3000 miles on the Trailwing and the head shake appeared again between 40MPH to 50MPH.

Checked for head shake from about 40MPH to 55MPH with hands off the bars with the 17" PR-II and there was no head shake with the SV650 front wheel.

Do not have a steering damper installed.

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Update:

Painted the SV650 front fender Gloss Black. Only other thing to do, reset speedometer,
when the S1 SpeedoDRD arrives.




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