Just bought an XR650R super moto

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  1. pjm204

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    I just picked up a 2000 XR650R that has been converted to a super moto setup. I haven't picked up the bike but the seller said the PO lowered the suspension 6" internally. Since the deal includes the dirt wheels, I'd like to bring the suspension back to stock, any idea how difficult it would be to raise the suspension back up.

    Note: I am not an expert in suspension lowering.

    What are my options?
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  2. chippertheripper

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    He probably cut the springs.
    Find a new/used set of them. You might as well get the ones for your weight if you're going to have them apart.
    The only issue with going back and forth is if one way is set up geometrically correct, the other one's going to be off. This means adverse handling. How adverse depends on your skill and speed. Motards are tricky to get set up perfectly.
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    I could see cutting the springs dropping it a bit, but I'd imagine there is a bit more work done than just that. I guess I won't know until I get the bike (hopefully tonight). I'll have to see if there is a common setup that maybe was used on this bike so I can figure out how to reverse it.

    I'd rather be able to ride the bike off road well and have the SM handling suffer a bit.

    Worst case scenario, I buy another rear shock and a set of CRF450 forks.
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    That actually sounds like a good idea to me so.... more like if things go well.....

    I've actually been curious about the XR650R as a SUMO. Keep us updated how you like the bike.
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    haha, well I'd like to make the as budget friendly as possible. I may even sell the sumo setup, not sure yet, have to ride it. I bought it for dual sport purposes.
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    Typically they put a limiting bushing in the rear shock to drop it, and then just slide the triple clamp down the forks to lower the front. Of course there is probably some valving changes as well.

    I like the idea of getthing a different shock, but you do have to almost remove the sub-frame to install it. If you do get another shock, try to find a cr500, they are suppose to be better with a larger res.
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    hmm, I have a cr500 in my garage for sale, maybe I can throw the xr650 shock into the CR...thanks for the heads up.
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    I have a CR500 that I am parting out with a good shock, let me know if you are interested.
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    PM sent, thanks
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    Dude, 6 inches seems like A LOT... On top of what height was lost in the wheel swap...


    Does it ride good? I can't imagine it would...
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    I haven't ridden it yet, hoping to pick it up tonight or tomorrow night. 6 inches does sound quite extreme. Of course we all know how much misinformation is often given. I take everything I hear from the PO of a bike with a grain of salt. The bike will be thoroughly checked over when I get it.
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    Well, it is indeed lowered 6 inches, the rear is easy, I buy a new shock. The front is not as easy, I'd like to avoid buying new forks as I don't really want to dump a ton of money into this bike just yet. the forks are not dropped at all in the triples yet they appear to be at least 6 inches lower, the seat height is absurdly low, like 30 inches (not measured).
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    There's gotta be cheap internals out there...unless they had to cut the tubes too for this conversion.
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    http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?92303-ride-height-question

    Post #4 I believe explains what has been done. The springs were cut allowing the front to sag like crazy, then a spacer was put in on the rod which keeps you from being able to pull on the bars and bring the bike back up to stock height. This makes sense to me. I guess I need to disassemble a fork leg and see. If that is the case, all I need are some stock fork springs which I'd imagine I should be able to find cheaply.
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    That's along the lines of what I was thinking.
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    Which if that is the case springs/oil should be all I need to get the forks back up to stock height.

    Now for the rear shock I have no idea.
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    Can anyone point me in the direction of a rear shock dis-assembly how-to? I found one for the forks, not for the shock.

    I hope I can figure this out.
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    If you decide to part with the SUMO setup, i'd be interested.
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    I sent you a PM, might be interested in selling the Sumo setup and just using the bike for dirt.
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    You might be surprised how well the 17's will do off road with the right tires, as long as they're still spokes. They make TKC80 tires in all sizes now. You might want to try it before you swap them out, you may become addicted. Big singles make incredible canyon carvers, and there's usually some single track at the top. :wink:

    I had an '83 XL600R with an 18" front that I absolutely loved. The only reason I sold it was to get something that could better handle 2-up weekend rides with my wife. I sold the XL to a good friend to 'keep it in the family', so to speak.
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