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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Just two quick questions

1.has anyone thought about using vn800 swing arm to build hardtail for these bikes?2.is anyone using the kawasaki 600 eliminator spoke wheels.im told they are direct bolt ins? Plus I just happen to like spokes. Thanx
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I just like spokes better than mags is all.lol
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Plus the more I look at the vn800 swing arm,I think it can be made to work as an actual hardtail.just wish I had a junk 750 to try it out.
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Plus the more I look at the vn800 swing arm,I think it can be made to work as an actual hardtail.just wish I had a junk 750 to try it out.
Do you have a running vn750 to take measurements from?the splines on the front of the driveshaft are probably different and you would have to check the width of the front of the swingman and the size of the pivot bolt.not sure on the eliminator but do remember it mentioned in a post here before about converting to spokes but haven't seen it done

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Mine isn't running right now. I think it was another website that had factory specs on both bikes for the drive shaft and final drive and they were the exact same but I don't know for sure without having both in front of me.19 front and 16 rear spokes would look pretty good on these bikes.imo
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Isn't the vn800 chain driven?
With the VN750 being shaft driven and the drive shaft running through he swing arm, I don't see how there is any possibility of making this work without a LOT of welding and fabrication. IMHO, not worth it.

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There is somebody in the uk?thats been making hardtail on shaft driven bikes for years.their hardtail goes on the outside of the drive shaft and final drive.plus they have extended the drive shaft.they build the hardtail on the original frame.ive welded a harly bolt on hardtail to a cb750 b4.the ones out of the uk look like they had to have the rear axle lengthened.i was just thinking I might try it myself at income tax time if I can find a junk vn750 and the 800 swing arms are certainly cheap enough.so why not
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As the owner of both a ZL600B Eliminator and a VN750 Vulcan I can tell you that from looking at the wheels and my previous research they do seem to be swappable. Although I have NOT yet pulled the wheels off and swapped them to be 100% sure. My interest wasn’t in putting spoked wheels on VN750, rather in putting a cheap used VN750 tubeless rim on the Eliminator.

The 1996/97 600 Eliminator’s wheels are spoked, chrome and require tubes in them. There’s always the dread in the back of your mind when riding with tube type tires of getting a nail and a flat. With tubeless you can pretty much plug and go home. With tubes there is a lot more involved with getting back on the road.

You should also note that the front wheel on the 600 Eliminator is 18” and has only one brake rotor. The VN750 is 19” and has two disk brakes.

The rear wheel swap is probably do-able, you might need some spacers on the axle. The tire sizes are the same and many of the rear brake components share the same part numbers according the Kawasaki parts websites.

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The uk website is ccd-briz.com.they have pics of early 80's shaft drive bikes they hardtailed.
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