1982 KX125 with front drum?? Is that possible?

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8/24/2018 9:09 PM

Hi fellow vintage MX enthusiasts. I just purchased a great restoration 1982 KX125. Very original from what I can tell... mint condition gold rims, original seat, original front number plate, clean original front black fork boots, etc,etc. Here’s the thing, it has front drum brakes and not the proper disc for that year. Can that be possible? Looks so original with front gold rim and forks. Is it an early run? Anyone heard of this?

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8/24/2018 9:27 PM

post some pics. Somebody may have put a front drum wheel and forks to make it AHRMA legal.

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8/24/2018 11:31 PM

None came with drum brakes in 82. Someone converted it.

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8/25/2018 4:48 PM

there's several front forks on ebay right now. most guys that have the forks probably have the front brake and front hub also

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=used+1982+kx125+front+forks&_sacat=0

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8/26/2018 8:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/26/2018 8:38 AM

I thought disk on those was 1983 but a quick T Blazier lookup proves me wrong.

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8/27/2018 8:01 AM

Hey guys I just picked up a 89 kx 125 and I think whoever had it before me put the wring clutch in it. Anyone help me with what the clutch basket is suppose to look like and where I could get the parts for it

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8/27/2018 12:48 PM

in my opinion, all drum brake KX came with silver rims. the golden rims always had disc brakes.

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8/27/2018 5:07 PM

Thanks for all the info on this topic. Some people have noted it's been changed but the front fork doesn't have any mounts for the caliper. Bike is very original and just doesn't look tampered. Front gold rim matching to the rear rim with drum is just a mystery. I really couldn't see a replacement drum hub and re-spoke happening on this bike especially having the forks with no mounts for caliper. I'm going get bike out and post pics later
Jeff

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8/27/2018 8:54 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/27/2018 9:54 PM

vintageMXnut wrote:

Thanks for all the info on this topic. Some people have noted it's been changed but the front fork doesn't have any mounts for ...more

"Some people have noted it's been changed but the front fork doesn't have any mounts for the caliper."

"Bike is very original and just doesn't look tampered."

1. Obviously it wouldn't have mounts for a caliper on fork legs that are designed for drum brakes.

2. Its appearance isn't really very relevant to determining if it came with discs or not.

The only 82 style kx125 bike i have seen a photo of with a front drum was on what looks like jeff wards sr125 but i never saw a photo of it in a race with a drum. his 80 sr125 had a drum front brake

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[img]https://www.flickr.com/photos/tblazier/10832245686/in/album-72157631065217302/[/img]

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8/28/2018 9:24 AM

The 82 KX125 came with a front disc. Obviously someone switched to drum front brake for whatever reason. It would be extremely easy to just swap some 41mm forks and a front wheel/hub/brake assembly. Probably the most difficult part of the process would have been lacing up the front wheel/spokes. I've swapped a couple of pitbikes over to USD forks and it was always pretty easy.

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