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Author Topic: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride  (Read 2970 times)

Offline irk miller

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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #40 on: Jul 27, 2018, 03:31:00 »
Working on the front end is proven to be quite the task.  I really hoped the swap would, at worst, require changing bearings.  Instead, I had to order bearings, which will arrive this weekend.  The forks are set up for a 15in axle.  Stock is 12mm.  I ordered an RM125 axle, only to find out the eBay seller either sent me the wrong part, or my front end is not what it claimed to be. What I ended up doing is cut down two axles, pressed them together and I machined a left side retainer bolt.  I drilled out the left fork to allow the retainer bolt to be inset.  15mm  ID x 32mm OD bearings are on their way to finish the job.  Once I have the wheel in and the spacers set, I'll probably press the axle bolt end of the axle in a little farther.










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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #41 on: Jul 27, 2018, 09:03:33 »
Nice work there Irk.  looks factory.
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #42 on: Jul 27, 2018, 15:25:32 »
I've done USD forks same way to use stock axle diameter on 360's. Katana axles are longer than 360 so easy modification
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #43 on: Aug 02, 2018, 16:51:11 »
Machined an insert to smooth the transition from the FCR to the head...




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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #44 on: Nov 11, 2018, 21:41:03 »
Itís been a while, but I dragged this back into the garage. I found a well priced stock, technically SP, tank at Barber covered in layers of spray bomb. The paint stripped off nicely and the interior happens to be well lined. The same guy also sold me a nearly perfect tail piece. The search for rear shocks to match this front end and swing arm continues...




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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #45 on: Nov 11, 2018, 21:42:52 »
Itís been a while, but I dragged this back into the garage. I found a well priced stock, technically SP, tank at Barber covered in layers of spray bomb. The paint stripped off nicely and the interior happens to be well lined. The same guy also sold me a nearly perfect tail piece. The search for rear shocks to match this front end and swing arm continues...




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Looks great! I'd love to hit up Houston valley again this spring, would be a great place to put this thing through its paces too ;)

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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #46 on: Nov 12, 2018, 10:34:40 »
I love the shape of that tank.
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #47 on: Nov 12, 2018, 23:33:07 »
Nice, SP tank should have been fitted to more bikes, it's a classic
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #48 on: Dec 05, 2018, 00:55:41 »
I bought a set of PE shocks to see where they put the rear end. Levels it nicely for the RM front end.



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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #49 on: Dec 05, 2018, 06:58:11 »
Oh yeah, that looks great...