it's hard to beat the kat arm if you are wanting to extend and widen the back.plus the fact that it is steel makes it easy to modify it for dual shocks.
are you liking it?or thinking you might go a different direction?
skiatook,oklahoma 1980 z1r,1978 kz 1000 z1r x 3,
1976 kz 900 x 3
i make what i can,and save the rest!
The Kat arm was a great buy, it seems like a nice part if you are looking for a wider and longer swingarm. It was nice because +4 inches is exactly where I wanted to be.
Can beat the price either...they are all over ebay for cheap. Paid $30 plus shipping for this one.
I definitely want to use the Honda parts, but some digging in Honda parts diagrams shows I was way off on the rear axle size. Looks like its even larger than the 20MM KZ axle. 28MM I think!
I am going to get them and do some measuring, but I think I am going to put the bike together with the stock rear wheel/tire for now.
I don't want to be stuck with no bike to ride when the warm weather comes.
I wish I had the money for a later Katana wheel/rotor/caliper. 17x4.5 wheel, would make me pretty happy and would bolt right on.
The only thing I will need to make the stock wheel work is a sleeve with 17MM ID, 20MM OD. Then fab some shock mounts and a brake caliper stay. Possibly some spacers for wheel alignment.
The swingarm is on hold until I get the funds for a few parts I need, but I found more stuff to do for free.
I flipped the stock pegs around and shortened the controls. I cut them and my dad brazed them back together for me.
Then I started installing a set of straight bars my dad dug up for me.
The original wiring would not come out of the stock bars, so I cut it off. The I spent Sunday splicing, soldering, and heat shrinking it back together. I also notched the housing so the wires could come out.
Now I just have to put it back together.
I am still trying to decide which way to situate the shifter so it works with my size 13 waterski I call a shoe.
Might end up reversing it and getting used to the backwards pattern.
Here's a few quick pictures, I will get more when it's not so dark, and cold.
Got it all back together with the new DIY rearsets and drag bar.
It needs some bar risers so I can rotate the brake MC down a little more, besides that I'm pretty happy with it.
The bar is completely straight, no pullback or rise. Just a piece of chrome pipe. Doesn't hit the tank at full lock at all, which I was worried about.
My girls where helping me out, making sure I did everything right.
Unfortunately, by the time everything was cleaned up it was dark out.
The shifter is now reversed, so I will have to get used the the upside down shift pattern. I don't think it will be an issue though. I find it much more comfortable to sit on and the bike feels a lot smaller with the bars and rearsets.
It doesn't feel any lighter though.
Next project is to ditch the stock gauges and mount up the Autometer tach and shift light.