Converting Telescopic Forks Into Fixed Units
The existing telescopic forks have
been drained and dismantled and most parts were discarded. The lower fork
castings are really all I kept. New upper tubes will be made from aluminum
bar stock. The triple clamps will the modified to accept ball joints (from a pickup) and attached to the new upper
tubes to form a single, fixed unit. The forks still clamp the front axle in the same way
and still hold the brake calipers in the same
place. Honda spend untold millions designing the optimal positions with the
lightest possible materials, so why would I try to reproduce it with other
materials? Recycling is much easier. Click on a sketch to see a larger version.
On the scale model I attached the
lower control arm to the fork brace, but the brace isn't nearly strong enough.
I used another Interceptor triple clamp attached to the fork's upper tubes,
which previously extended much higher supported by long springs inside the
lower forks. The upper tubes shown on the left photo are merely thin-wall
electrical conduit, cut to length. It was the only thing I could find that
was the right diameter and the triple clamps fit snugly. I want
to run the brake lines inside the forks (like in the sketches) for a cleaner
look but it'll have to wait.