Not sure if this has been asked in the past, but is there anyone out there that has retro-fitted a rear disc brake on their Rebel, or is there a kit available for that purpose?
It would probably involve a new rear wheel, caliper, and master setup....seemingly a lot of work for a brake that does such a small job compared to the front binders.
But in the long run, the maintenance and adjustments would be a breeze in the future, no removing the wheel to change pads or check for problems, etc.
Plus it would look pretty cool too.
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I have seen this done before, not on the rebel though, using parts from a sport bike. I think it was a shadow but I cant remember. I'll see if I can find the pictures, but with a little cutting and grinding anything can be done.
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I've looked into it a little. I was thinking a dirt bike rear disc brake assembly along with the mono coil over swing arm. It gets pricey real quick. Even used parts. Like Buickdude said above. Locking that tire up on pavement is not a great idea. On a dirtbike its different because it plants that tire into the dirt in a controlled (kinda) skid. Power sliding a Rebel on pavement don't sound wise. I tried it once on a KZ440 and it launched me about 25 feet. It is important to remember, "tuck and roll"
I have one of those china hard tail knock offs and I am planning on merging some of it with a soon to be 2003 Rebel. I will gain rear suspension and 5cc's from Rebel engine, if I can pull it off. Securing the no spin arm(on the caliper mount) to the swing arm will be the challenge. The front forks are the same 33mm. diameter,thus solving the fender height to tire and hopefully the speedometer wheel hub is the same size. The new front wheel size would be :90/90x21 black powder coated rim & silver spokes. (a spoke had a leak,so a tire tube was put in). Back tire would be 140/80 x18 tubeless with spokes.
Thinking aloud, Maybe I could just swap the whole steering head,bearings and all. Possibly the whole rear fender could be swapped too (with new struts).
I think I failed to mention that I could not register/title the DF bobber in this state. The mfg./dealer is not registered ($2300.00/year) with the DMV. I fought with CA. dealer and DMV since August 2011 and lost. So, instead of a complete loss, I decided to build a Honda Rebel bobber for around town. My Triumph is set up for touring (saddle bags,tail trunk and windshield).