It is the better value, Krafty has another thread where it was stated that he just wanted to do it because he liked the 696 enough to want to keep it rather than swap it out.
That first grand is only the swingarm and bits, doesn't come close to the $1,000-2,000 for wheels and tires.
06 Paul Smart Sport Classic NFS ever.
08 S4RS Tricolore #081 NFS ever.
01 M600, aka, The Pink Monster
72 Norton Commando 750
03 KX60 just rebuilt the entire engine, with M600 rear shock, no wait now with S4RS rear shock...
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