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Old 01-06-2013, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys I've looked around but can't find anything. I've read many post on installing the vs 1400 or c90 drives on the c/m50 bikes. So why can't I find a thread on installing the matching wheel that goes with that drive. We all complain (me included) that the drum brakes are old news so has anyone tried using the c90 drive and matching wheel with disc brake setup. I know it would be some work to set up but are there specific reasons why it can't be done(overall rim width or other issues)???
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Have not heard of it being done.

Obviously the wheel would mate up to the drive.

My first concern would be of clearance with the driveshaft tube.

You really can't go with much wider of tire on the C50 due to lack of clearance, not sure what the wheel/tire clearance would be with a C90 tire.
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There have been mentions in various threads about wanting a disk on the back and twin disks up front. There are various obstacles to doing the rear wheelswap. Axle size is different, and one would have to create mounts for the hydraulics and I think the tires size is larger. I ride my C50 two up most of the time and anytime I have hit the rear brake hard I have been able to lock up the rear tire. There is nothing wrong with the drum brake in my opinion. The front brake could use more power. Some have switched to better pads. The bike has great value for the cost and you can't expect sport bike like performance. I don't think anyone that has crashed for what ever reason has posted that if I the bike had better brakes, they wouldn't have crashed. If Suzuki would have equipped the bike with inferior brakes, they likely would have been sued and the appropriate safety authorities demanded it be corrected. The bike has been manufactured since 2001 with no changes to the brakes that I know of.
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My dislike withbthe rear brakes isn't wether the will stop the bike or not. I just like the visual appearance of the disk brake better. And yes I realize I could just go out and buy a bike with that option so don't flog me with negative comments please as like the rest of you guys I highly enjoy my bike and to clear up.some confusion my boulevard is the m50 so although it isn't a GSXR it handles very well. Much sportier than you would think. I'm just sorry that you volusia and c50 guys weren't given the inverted fork setup as well. It does make a.difference in my opinion. Also I'm sure that someone is gonna tell me that the c/m50s aren't meant to be show bikes so it isn't worth the money or trouble to.set up.the rear with disk.brakes or the front end with the gsxr front fork lowers so.I can install the front wheel with dual disk brakes . But I'm gonna give it a shot anyway because if I can make it work then I will have taken an already all around great cruiser and made it that much better plus I like the challenge.
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Sounds like you're setting out to uncharted territory. Let us know how it goes. You may come up with a great new mod!
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Glad to see somebody else is finally asking! I've been trying for years to get an answer, or even just decent pics of the C90 rear brake and master cylinder as they are mounted on the bike...no luck. Been slowly digging up schematics and staring at used parts on Fleabay and slowly piecing together what would be needed...(I think the VL1500/C90 crowd don't like the idea of us stealing even more parts from their parts bins.)

The tire will fit (if I can shoe horn a 245/60/15 C/T in there with no issues a 180 will fit no prob.) , the wheel will fit, the axle will need a steel sleeve for the bearings to fit to it properly. The brake is the only issue that has kept me from doing it to my own bike so far. It will need some brackets for the master cylinder, the caliper hanger should fit with a sleeve to make up for the 3mm difference in the axle.

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I just want the cast rim Better rear brake would just be a bonus...imagine, changin brake pads without having to tear down half the back of the bike! or putting the bike on a lift

And in response to the folks above that think the Vol's rear brakes are nifty just as they are....well...they aren't. There have been several occasions where I've given them a workout on twisty mountain roads and gotten them to the point of stomp and pray...not that they won't lock up but that they'll provide any braking at all...and I wasn't riding like it was a sport bike, I was riding like I didn't want the semi's behind me to turn me into a hood ornament.
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Any chance that the entire C90 swing arm would bolt up correctly?
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