So, my 81' maxim 550 has under gone quite a few changes over the past 6 months. I recently got it in a running condition and made a lot of changes. The stock brakes are probably the worst I've ever experienced, and same with the front forks (maybe I'm just used to my new R1 lol), so I started doing some research for front end swaps. There's not a ton of information out there on it especially for this specific bike so I wanted to help out the members and tell you exactly what is needed. I found a donor CBR 900RR front end with everything included, and picked up a master cylinder off a 2015 S1000RR to go with it as well as some braided steel lines. So far I only have the front end installed, and still have everything that needs to be hooked up. WHAT YOU NEED: - Front end including triple trees off donor motorcycle. - Bearing conversion kit from All Balls Racing (they have a comprehensive swap list) *Just because they make a bearing kit does not mean it will work.... VERIFY STEERING STEM LENGTH!!!* The main thing is making sure it's not too short, too long can be fixed with spacers within reason. Be careful when disassembling the stock bearings, the loose ball bearings with fall everywhere. I did have to do some minor grinding on the inside diameter of the top hole in the steering column to get the new stem all the way in but nothing too difficult. Pictures in order: Before, after mods, after front end conversion. Still need to do a lot of work on it but the rake angle is greatly improved, and the new suspension is amazing. This front end is actually much lighter as well. Post your thoughts/questions. PS: forgive me for my messy garage it's in need of a much needed cleaning.