I'll keep an eye on this as I'm planning to do the same (at some point) - my Ohlins are currently on my Falco but came from an RSVR - I'm hoping to use the whole Aprilia yolk and find suitable bearings OR I seem to remember seeing that the 900ss stem can be pressed in different yolks.
From my poor memory my Ohlins are 53mm top diameter.
This has been done before but I think with 50mm Ohlins as stated - I seem to remember cyclecat offered an upper yolk to do the proper conversion.
Good luck - Frank
PS - Get some 4 pad calipers from an RSVR or 749, you'll love the improvement!
- My Location: North East, United Kingdom
1993 944SS: Everything has been fiddled with
2001 ST4S: The new kid on the block
2001 Aprilia Falco: Ohlins forks, Oz wheels = Stealth Fighter.
If you have plenty of money, nothing is impossible. I do recommend doing the research first though as there are a lot of hidden costs. With my recent fork rebuild on a '94, I ended up going down the Race Tech road rather than the Ohlins even though I was able to access some cheap forks. It was definitely worth doing anyway.
Is this set-up a bolt on application for the pre-'98 SS's?? If so, wouldn't this simply allow you to add forks, fender, brakes, wheels, etc; a bolt on swap-over if you will from any SBK with 53mm forks...which if I recall, would work with forks off of almost anything: 749/999/848/1098/etc??
I've been trying to follow discussions on adding late model wheels to older SS's and this has it's challenges as well. Seems going this route, albeit quite pricey, would eliminate some headache??
I don't know that I'm correct about these tripples making the rest of the project a bolt on application, but if I am this could be the bulk of your investment. There's always great SBK forks and wheels floating around for sale used at some really great deals sometimes.
If you can live without the external visuals of a Ohlins fork, you can have better-than-OEM-Ohlins performance with your stock fork if you have it rebuilt with Ohlins internals. Rick at Cogent Dynamics (NC Rick on here) can modify the internals and custom valve a 20mil Ohilins comp/rebound kit w/ springs on the old 900SS forks, or you can go balls out and have him install a 25mil cartdridge kits (again, adapted for use in 900SS fork). Probably spend about the same money on the 25mil retrofit as you would on a complete Ohlins fork, but then you know it's freshly rebuilt and valved and sprung precisely for your weight. That was my logic.
'94 900SS/CR 944
'07 Gas Gas 300 Raga
'80 Yamaha SR500 brat/bobber thing