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Old 12-12-2008, 07:06 PM   #16
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Fork Transplant

You will need an Emig Racing steering stem and bushing ($180.00) and weld on some stops to the bottom of the steering head at either side so the CR/CRF lower triple clamp has something other than your tank to stop it's turn travel!! Your front wheel will not work, it has to small of an axle/bearing size. Nor will the OE caliper mount up. It's all CR/CRF stuff. Ask me how I know. I just did it to mine...
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:54 PM   #17
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Dang; that's sharp.
Yeah it is....I've seen those pictures before, it's good to see that bike again.

Very well done
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:29 PM   #18
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Dang; that's sharp. Are those CR forks? Any tips for aspiring transplanters?

CRF450R forks (2005 I think)

CRF450R triples and stem machined down to fit into the XR bearings.

Not that hard to do and makes for a great bike
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:46 PM   #19
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This is mine



(small tank)


Big tank




Is that an electric starter that I see???? Please tell us about it. I Had an xr600 I road for years. Loved it, but I wanted e-start, less weight and no forks hanging below the axle. Honda fucked up when they abandoned this bike.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:00 PM   #20
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XR mania

I had a 93 XR600R for six years of hard trail riding, off road vacations, enduro, harescrambles, ice racing, you name. Nothing but routine maintenance and a few wear items. Similar time and experiences with an 84 XR500R years before that... and with a 2000 XR650R years since.

A lot of people are gonna miss that era of low maintenance, big durable and reliable thumpers.



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Old 12-12-2008, 10:27 PM   #21
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You will need an Emig Racing steering stem and bushing ($180.00) and weld on some stops to the bottom of the steering head at either side so the CR/CRF lower triple clamp has something other than your tank to stop it's turn travel!! Your front wheel will not work, it has to small of an axle/bearing size. Nor will the OE caliper mount up. It's all CR/CRF stuff. Ask me how I know. I just did it to mine...
I just checked out their website, and I'm not sure I understand. They provide the stem, which I would press into CR/CRF triple clamps? So you bought a donor set up, pressed out the old stem, pressed in the new one, and bolted it up?

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CRF450R forks (2005 I think)

CRF450R triples and stem machined down to fit into the XR bearings.

Not that hard to do and makes for a great bike
Thanks for the info. So basically the triple clamp, forks, wheel and brake are all off the donor bike? Did you change springs or valving, too?
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experiment70 screwed with this post 12-12-2008 at 10:40 PM
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:01 AM   #22
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I just checked out their website, and I'm not sure I understand. They provide the stem, which I would press into CR/CRF triple clamps? So you bought a donor set up, pressed out the old stem, pressed in the new one, and bolted it up?



Thanks for the info. So basically the triple clamp, forks, wheel and brake are all off the donor bike? Did you change springs or valving, too?
Correct

CRF450R parts all the way - forks, hub, axle, stem and triples.

Yes I have had them redone - more stiff I think
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:10 AM   #23
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Stem

The CR/CRF fork uses a bigger gearing. Emig Racing makes a stem that fits the smaller XR bearing while still being thicker than a machined down stem. The XR bearing is quite a bit smaller so I don't know how a CR/CRF stem could be machined down enough and still be strong enough. My set up consists of 05 CRFr forks,front caliper and master,wheel and 07 CRFx triple clamps, BD 8" race light. Combination of friends with extra stuff (free or cheap) and e-bay buys. The valving is stock. I haven't even ridden it in the dirt yet. Seemed OK so far on the street/ hi-way (has a plate)...
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:26 PM   #24
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Blakebird,
If you PM me with your email address I send you a schematic of my off road light set up. I set up mine with one side of the stator (125w) goes to the DSK reg/rec and allows me to run a 55/60w headlight and have enough left over for heated grips. The second stator winding goes to an AC reg and powers the 2 55w halogen lights. The power goes through a sealed automotive type relay. Power to switch the relay comes from the high beam indicator light, so the off road lights come on automaticly with the high beam. I make custom aluminum light bars for mounting the 2 halogens if your interested.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:52 PM   #25
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I have an '85 XR600 motor (twin carb head) that I'd like to convert to a single carb head (post-'89?). I assume the heads (with their respective rocker boxes) simply can be swapped. Is that the case?

Does anyone have a single carb head and rocker box available?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:00 PM   #26
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Thanks for the CR/CRF swap info, guys. Now I have another reason to cruise eBay and Craigslist.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:26 PM   #27
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:30 PM   #28
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Cactus Dave,

You might try www.bikeboneyard.com about getting a post '88 head. Not everything available is posted but the guy responds to email requests in a timely manor. As far as swapping heads from differant years it looks like heads from '83 to '00 are all interchangeable. I could be wrong but I checked out all my service manuals and all the head specs for '83 to '00 are the same. You might call Cometic gaskets up and ask what years thier XR600 head gasket fits. If it fits them all, hell try it.
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:51 PM   #29
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I have an '85 XR600 motor (twin carb head) that I'd like to convert to a single carb head (post-'89?). I assume the heads (with their respective rocker boxes) simply can be swapped. Is that the case?

Does anyone have a single carb head and rocker box available?

Thanks in advance.
Dave, I have done both, installed dual carb top end on a XR650L bottom end and single carb XR600 top end onto dual carb XL600 bottom end. The biggest differences are the head bolt diameter and cam chain alignment. Check out these two threads over at TT in the Honda XR600/650 forum. Hybrid XR650L/XL600R and Another 600 project. If you have any questions feel free to pm me or whatever.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:05 PM   #30
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Thanks guys. That is most helpful. Off to TT and Boneyard I go, hi ho, hi ho . . . .
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