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Offline Mikep328

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550 vs 550F
« on: October 29, 2023, 08:31:13 AM »
Is there any difference between the mechanicals/frame/etc between the two bikes?  IOW, can the tank/sidecovers/exhaust be swapped to turn the bike into either one appearance-wise? 

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Re: 550 vs 550F
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2023, 08:38:46 AM »
there are some differences between F/k frames and years, around the pillion mount and footrest and rear brake lever area. some things can be swapped with some work, for example early tank and seat can be used if both together.
Love the 500 and 550 have a 500 called Lazarus under restoration

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Re: 550 vs 550F
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2023, 09:47:57 AM »
Thanks, I'm going back to the USA in a few weeks for 5 months and wanted to replace my current BMW R1200RS there with a CB550 Honda (!) but I prefer the look of the F model, like my UK CB400 four.  But since the 550F is rather rare in the USA I was thinking about buying the K model and converting it.

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Re: 550 vs 550F
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2023, 06:52:51 PM »
Early 550ks (K0-K2 sold in the US) are like the 500s with the smaller 500 tank. The K3 and 1978K are like the F at a glance but the footrests and rear brake lever and positions are different. Think 550F and 550K3, 1978K side panel mounts are the same, but different to K0-K2. As said as long as you replace tank and seat as a set you are OK. The swept 550F pipes (if you can find any) would probably fit K3 and 1978K, but may need a special bracket for any silencer.
Phil
1971  CB500K0  Candy Jade Green or Candy Gold
1973  CB500K1  Candy Ruby Red
1975  CB550F1   Shiny Orange
1978  CB550K     Excel Black

 

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