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    Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 21:09
Guys, anyone ever fitted a different front end on their gen1? Basically, I've been offered a front end from an 848 duc. Radials with Brembo calipers. They're Showa forks and wondered what the challenges would be? Obviously need a duc wheel but other than that, would they fit?? Are the diameters of forks different from RSV?
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Not on an Aprilia but I did put a ThunderAce front end in a TDM 850....

Measure the length from top yoke to spindle and compare it to the Ape. If it's much different you'll mess with the geometry.
Forks may hit the tank when turning.
Problems you may come across on the build is stem/ bearing length and diameter into head stock, lockstops will be different.

If you current bike is a Tuono, mounting the bars will be a pain.

And thats what I can think of, there were a 100 different problem I had to over come as I used the TDM stem in the T/Ace yokes just to start with.

Unless you are really good at home mechanics and engineering I wouldn't even start.

Think of the amount of time it will take and double it and the same with your budget.

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Was just thinking of fitting the forks to the existing RSV yokes. If they'll fit ok.
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Don't quote me on this but i think the Ducati 848 Showa forks are 53mm, i may be wrong though but that would allow you to swap them over with the Aprilia Showa forks without messing about with the yokes.

However i have no idea on the fork length/travel or the distance between the 2 legs at the spindle or whether or not you are likely to be able to use the Oz wheel with it without messing about with spacers etc.
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Originally posted by Lateshift Lateshift wrote:

Don't quote me on this but i think the Ducati 848 Showa forks are 53mm, i may be wrong though but that would allow you to swap them over with the Aprilia Showa forks without messing about with the yokes.

However i have no idea on the fork length/travel or the distance between the 2 legs at the spindle or whether or not you are likely to be able to use the Oz wheel with it without messing about with spacers etc.


Yeah I thought they were 53 mm too. I think I'll just hold off for a set of RSV radials to be honest. Seems a lot could be a pain in the arse.
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Yeah they want £300 for the pair. Bidding on a set at £215 at the moment so hopefully I'll get them. Cheesy has a set he's sending me so nearly there!!
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I looked into 848's

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I've got Ducati 999R forks on the front end of my bike

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Originally posted by NickyBoy1984 NickyBoy1984 wrote:

I've got Ducati 999R forks on the front end of my bike

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They make much difference Nickyboy ? Also much work to get them to fit
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Nope not much different Mate, top n bottom yokes are the same but the brake calipers will need spacers to fit the bottoms if using Ducati items

They are stiffer than aprilia radial ohlins but not by a great deal

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Originally posted by cheesy cheesy wrote:

I looked into 848's

I'll dig all details out
tell me more chris


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Mark I'll dig details out & post up
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Originally posted by cheesy cheesy wrote:

Mark I'll dig details out & post up
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Anymore information on these fork swaps?? 😀
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