I took the front end off an XS650 to utilize the shorter/ larger diameter forks, disk brake, and 18″ wheel. While I was at it I replaced the triple tree bearings with some tapered bearings from allballs. I had a spare set for a yamaha virago that just happened to fit! yippy!
So this is the donor bike I got for cheap.
This is the poor thing after it got the XT500 front end. Someone actually bought this in the shape you see it in…Couldn’t believe it.
And here she is with the conversion…sadly I had no pics of the bike with the original 21″ front wheel and long dirt bike shocks…darn.