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Offline KonKours

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Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:23:33 pm »
Hi All, greetings from No. Va (just outside DC).  I recently purchased a well maintained 2001 C10 with 21K miles and joined COG-online where I've been learning alot about the bike, including hydrolocked engines (yikes).

But since the new-to-me bike was in desperate need of new tires, and I really wanted to mount sport-touring radials, I went all in with the 17" wheel conversion. And although it entire process took longer than I hoped/planned for (most of the time was spent waiting on parts and finding a decent machine shop who could do the job and didn't have a 6-8 week backlog), I just followed the COG tech pages and everything went smooth.

As you can see in the pics, I went with Mean Streak rear wheel (hub machined down .300") and a Nomad front rotor in order to retain the stock C10 brake caliper setup. Then swapped in a ZR7S front wheel (p/n 41073-1678-DH) and axle spacer (p/n 92152-1160). I mounted and balanced new Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tires (170/60-17 rear, 120/70-17 front) to replace the stock Dunlops (so bad).

I took a short test ride today before the rain came and I couldn't be happier with how this turned out. I took it easy on the initial ride to make sure everything was going to stay together and to scruff up the tires, but I can already say the bike handles much better with very predictable turn-in, and rides so much smoother over the stock set-up.  I can't wait to get back out again for a long ride tomorrow.  Cheers!!
- Kevin

'01 C10 ~22K miles (17" meanie, Sonic 1.1kg, GVE)
2009 Yamaha WR450F
1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900

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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 10:12:46 pm »
Looks great..

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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 11:08:37 pm »
Nice job.
I really like the PR4GTs. They are also excellent if you get caught in the rain. I slabbed in the rain up NY state thruway to Lake George above the speed limit without a hint of losing traction.
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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2019, 09:24:42 pm »
Looks great, and man, is that bike clean! :great:
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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2019, 02:58:10 pm »
Dont stop there, if you have'nt already do some springs and emulator valves on your forks, it will double your pleasure.

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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 12:14:29 pm »
Wow! Looks good. My favorite factory color. It is amazing how the 17 inch wheels make such a big difference in handling and smoothness. Best $350 I ever spent on my bike.  Enjoy!
If you don't have time to do it right, when do you have time to do it over.                                                                17" wheels, Nissin 4 piston calipers.1kg Sonic Springs.Cartridge Fork Emulators. KB Brace. Galfer brake lines  Free power mod.

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Re: Yet another 17" wheel conversion complete!
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 12:27:12 am »
Thanks for the feedback and compliments, everyone. I need to tackle the bevel drive gasket leak next (ugh), but I'm thinking about suspension upgrades after that.  Cheers and enjoy the summer riding!!
- Kevin

'01 C10 ~22K miles (17" meanie, Sonic 1.1kg, GVE)
2009 Yamaha WR450F
1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900