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    radial adaptors for pre 2003 ohlins

    hi guys

    anyone know where i can possible get a hold of some radial adaptors for my non radial ohlins?? i thought about just upgrading to the radial forks, but to be honest, i just wanted to able to upgrade my brakes

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    just another Aprilia fanatic amauri's Avatar
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    Don't waste your $$ on those adapters, you will just add more weight.

    The two calipers shown in your photos are identical as far as stopping performance, the radial mounting will not improve stopping power.
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    Money better spent on some sticky tyres/pads/rotors/braided lines/fluid/master cylinder

    The theoretical advantage of radial brake calipers is that they are more rigidly held in position relative to the axle. IIRC this due to the fork bottoms and mounting point for the caliper being a single piece of Al and the clamping force of the bolts being oriented "radially" to the axle vs parallel. By using an adapter plate you're losing any advantage you may (or may not depending on the fork design) have gained.
    Last edited by Yogi250; 11-30-2017 at 09:56 AM.

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    apriliaforum expert cew's Avatar
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    Also, comparing the pictures, the fork bottoms are drastically different. The adapter plates pictured will not fit on your forks.

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    yeah, thanks. I knew that radial braked didn't really increase stopping power. But, nice to know that the adapters would suck. haha. thanks guys on your input.

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    apriliaforum expert redratbike's Avatar
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    with my modded collectors,Kent,UK
    There's a company in Italy that make and sell them but approx €160 maybe money better spent on a revamp on your callipers and an rsv4 radial m/c
    please get in touch if you would like a modded collector,adjustable lock-stops or quick release tank and seat pins

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    apriliaforum Member Belden's Avatar
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    Simply said. By using these kind of adapters, you'll turn radial calipers into axial calipers....
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    and you still get the axial flex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotoCat12 View Post
    and you still get the axial flex.
    Something that has never been documented in any way.
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    my radial forks and calipers are in the for sale section.

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