Thread: Yamaha XT500
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:58 PM   #90
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Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Port Angeles, Washington USA
Oddometer: 97
xt mods

i'm trying to compile a list of BOLT ON suspension mods that will work on my 77 xt500...
here's what i've gathered so far:
1979/1980 aluminum swingarm from a RM250/400
1979-1981 YZ250/400/465 triple clamp, forks, wheel, disc brake
Radian YX600 aluminum swingarm
XS650 aluminum swingarm
1977-and on TT500 aluminum swingarm

here's what i'm trying to achieve:
reduced weight
improved suspension (travel/damping/rebound)
better braking
i love the bike, great power, but i'd like to get a little better handling and performance out of it.

for you adv'ers in the xt500 know, what would you suggest? i don't want to mess around w/ machining, etc.... i want to bolt on and go!
any suggestions for rear shocks brand, length, etc?
here's sum xt shots i pulled off the web to drool over...

'00 ZRX1100
'77 Yamaha XT500
'02 Kawasaki KL250 Super Sherpa
'74 Honda CT70 - the original adv bike
port angeles, washington, usa
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