Sunday, January 22, 2012

CB 550 Frame Brace

 The Ripple Rock Racing billet aluminum frame brace brought to you by Bullit Custom Cycles was designed to offer additional stiffness to the frame by tying together the two top down tubes that run down from the steering head. The stock Honda design uses two thin steel rectangles to anchor the front of the engine to the frame. The billet aluminum brace slips between these rectangles and effectively ties the down tubes together, helping to prevent the steering head from twisting during hard cornering and braking. Since the brace is located relatively close to the steering head, it acts as a stressed member, completely linking with the solid engine mounts under and to the rear of the motor. This frame brace should act much like a fork brace does, adding an extra bit of stiffening structure to help keep the wheels in line under spirited riding conditions! The brace itself is an easy install and comes with four new mounting bolts. The Honda front motor mounts are retained, the tapered aluminum brace simply fits between them and is bolted in place.
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