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Old 17th April 2017, 16:53   #1
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Default Motorcycles: Using parts interchangeably between different brands

I have come across many enthusiasts and mechanics who have cleverly swapped or cross shopped of OEM spares from:
  • One brand to Another (e.g. a Toyota OEM part in a Honda)
  • Old Generation Model to New Generation (e.g. 2014 Honda City to 2017 Honda City)
  • Parts from Top-End Variant to Entry or Mid-Variants (Tiago XZ to Tiago XE/XM)
Most of the modifications are to improve the aesthetics (alloys, headlight, tail lights, etc.). I have done that quite a few times, and let me tell you that the results have been pretty good. However, there are people who think itís a Taboo/Unethical. What do think about it? Do you have ever practiced this for your ride(s) too and how?


Here are a few from my side:

1. CBR250R/Unicornís indicators are prone to damages even with the slightest push.
Solution: I installed Pulsarís indicators on Unicorn, and R15ís on CBR250r. They are serving me well, better than Hondaís OEM.


2. Honda Aviatorís left handle grips tend to go loose right from the day my Dad bought it. Even after OEM replacements, the problem persisted.
Solution: My local mechanic advised me to opt for Hero Honda Pleasureís OEM grips. I got them right away. They are working fine since past 3 years.


3. My 16 year old Indica V2 DLS OEM headlight throw went bad because of the old reflector type headlights.
Solution: Installed New gen double barrel headlights from Indigo. It wasnít a direct fit though. The throw is now awesome.

Mods: I am not sure if a similar thread exists. If it does, do the needful.
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1) Yamaha RX 100 / 135 - Poor lighting
Solution : OE headlamp reflector can be swapped with DCM Toyota / SML round reflectors (from Autopal, Hella, Lumax, etc) for better lighting with HS1 bulb
Details here (Yamaha RX100 restoration - From bits & pieces)

Below 2 items as alternate source

2) Yamaha RX 100 / 135
Front & Rear wheel spokes can be swapped with Hero Honda Splendor front wheel spokes

3) Yamaha Gladiator
Front wheel spokes can be swapped with Hero Honda Splendor rear wheel spokes

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A couple from my side :

On my Yamaha RX100

Pulsar Alloys and suspensions, Handlebar, indicators& mudguard

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Bajaj Pulsar Classic (Gen 1) - Lighting upgrade
- HL Reflector from TATA Ace or HM Ambassador can be fixed inside the OE headlamp ring
- Magneto from Avenger 180 is direct fit and can power upto 12V55/60W bulb

Details here (Bajaj Pulsar 150 Classic - Restoration & Modification) and here (Bajaj Pulsar 150 Classic - Restoration & Modification)

RE Bullet (Old) - Replacement part
HL Reflector from TATA Ace or HM Ambassador can be fixed inside the OE headlamp ring. Lighting will be improved drastically over the stock reflector.

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Here's my bit.

Hero Karizma -
Yamaha Enticer half chain guard, need to put a hole, which is effortless as its made out of plastic and costs a meagre 55/-.
Bajaj Pulsar 180 Handle Bar, doesnít rub against anything but would have to put holes for switch sets.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 -
Handgrips from the new Avenger's for a softer and comfortable grip.
Grab rail from the previous generation of Discover 135, 465/-.
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My Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 has Bajaj Avenger Cruise's RVM.

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After deciding to retire the OE stock rear-view mirrors [RVM] as the LHS has become dull and faded, I selected the new Avenger Cruise chrome RVM as they look sturdier, more stylish and better quality compared to the OE stock ones.
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Here's an old picture of my RX. Except for the kicker, rear mudguards, rear brake, chassis, gearbox and engine center cases every last part has been changed to something better.

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My recently acquired Apache isnt stock either, the brakes and lighting will be getting a massive massive upgrade soon

As far as my car goes, few parts from the Evo are going in

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A lot of part sharing in TVS Apache RTR 160/180/200
Clutch lever, brake lever, front brake pads, oil filter, mirrors etc.
Front sprockets on the Apache series are interchangeable if you want to under/over gear the bike.
Pulsar 220's rear brake pads on Non ABS CBR 250R.
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Yamaha RXG sprockets (15x37) are little difficult to source these days (comparatively)

Best possible alternate is get a RX135 4 speed sprocket kit (16x34) and replace the 16T with 14T from Bajaj Discover. Ratio is very close (or better than any other options from RX series) to stock spec.
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Good to have a thread on this subject!
I ride a 2016 CBR 150R and I'm looking at alternative OEM parts to swap on to the bike as opposed to performance parts.

Could someone advise me on suitable replacements/feasibility for:

1. Rear sprocket upsize.
2. Foldable mirrors with a good view/reach.
3. Steel braided brake lines from a Pulsar 220.
4. Switchgear from a Pulsar 220?
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I have the FZ16's front mudguard on my Duke 200, chopped and installed on the lower tee rather than have it move with the wheel.

Duke 200's rear sprocket on the Pulsar 220 for short gearing. Direct fit. Results not very enjoyable but useful if planning to carry 100 litre milk drums.

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RE Bullet (Old) - Replacement part
HL Reflector from TATA Ace or HM Ambassador can be fixed inside the OE headlamp ring. Lighting will be improved drastically over the stock reflector.
I think you mean the entire sealed beam. We had on our Bullet a made in England Lucas sealed beam harvested from our Ambassador. Mahindra MM540 and older ones also had the same headlights, I think. One sealed beam was removed from the Bullet and installed on our Premier Padmini.
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Attaching the motorcycle brake shoe data (little old though)
Check for common parts
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I think you mean the entire sealed beam.
Yes!
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