Why? But an educated guess would be yes on the engine as for everything else, mmmmm …maybe not. The Motor Company developed the interior of their existing sportster engine and by looking at my 2011 parts manual the aforementioned parts are a little different. Maybe I’m wrong though. But my original question still stands, why would you want to go there in the first place?Does anyone know if an XR engine, swingarm, forks, wheels, etc will bolt onto an XL frame?
I really think you’re going to find that rear swing arm is completely different.When I bought the bike, I didn't realize my bad foot/ankle was going to make it very difficult for me to shift the XR's rearsets. Since I have no difficulty with mid controls, I need to find a way to convert. In addition, the previous owner tried to make a supermoto and sold the seat, tail section, rear fender, the support brackets, taillight, turn signals, front fender, and handlebars. These stock parts are very difficult and expensive to find. Using an XL main frame would allow mid controls to easily bolt on and the missing rear fender and lights could be replaced with inexpensive, easy to find XL parts.
I have seen joeP's thread but it didn't help much. It did lead to discovering that the XR's forks will bolt right up and I suspect the swing arm will too. If so, the wheels will not be a problem. I might have to fashion a bracket for the tank but that wouldn't be that difficult. The ideal find would be someone who took the engine, wheels, tank, etc from an XL to make a chopper but left all the parts that I need. Ultimately though, I may end up having to sell the bike. Even then, I feel like I need to solve the taillight/brake light problem. Right now it has a chintzy little LED strip but the brake light function doesn't work and it can barely be seen in the daytime. It's too dangerous to ride right now. I attached pics so you can see what he did. I immediately removed the ugly leather bag. I have located some inexpensive mid controls but they can't be mounted without fabbing and welding some brackets on the frame.
Without going back and checking past post... Where are you actually located?I don't really want to sell the XR and buy a different bike because there really isn't another bike like it. Trying to make a Roadster feel like the XR would be fairly expensive. I still think solving my problem with shifting the XR is the most expedient way to go.
I know I can get the Pingel electric shifter but I would prefer to stick with standard style shifting. That means finding a way to install mid controls. I have no way of making the brackets or welding them to the frame, nor do I know of any fabrication shop around here that does that kind of work. I am considering the Roland Sands mid controls and I will call them this week. All the pics I've seen show them mounted on pre-2004 solid mount Sportsters. In addition, the controls were designed for an XL so they will not work as delivered on the XR's rear brake. I believe the rear brake method used by baddcactus would work with the RSD kit but I don't know the details of what he did. He described using two parts from forward controls, one stock and one highly modified, along with a modified mid control foot peg shaft. If anyone knows more about the RSD controls please let me know. I will post more or start a new thread if I get any significant info from them. If all else fails, I can still go with the Pingel electric shifter.