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Old 08-14-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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Anybody interested in a CR/F front end conversion for XR650R's

I swapped a CRF front end onto my XR650R using stock tripleclamps and I wasn't happy with how the whole thing went together, so I decided to design a set of custom tripleclamps to do it right. I contacted SCOTTS to get some dimensions from their steering stabilizers and the forward-mount stabilizer post, and ended up talking with them about the possibility of adding these tripleclamps to SCOTTS product line. Their biggest concern is that the XR650R's are being phased out and there might not be much demand for a product like this.

So, what do you guys think?









Here's a link to a thread I started on ThumperTalk about all this and there's a lot of discussion about geometry and trade-offs, etc.
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
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What is to be gained by swapping the forks?
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:28 PM   #3
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What is to be gained by swapping the forks?
Depends on who you ask. Some people would say nothing. The CR/F forks have 1.2" more travel, they don't flex as much (good or bad depending on who you ask) and the complete CR/F front end is about 3lbs lighter than the stock XR parts. Follow the link I posted to the thread on TT and I included a lot of links to other relevant discussions about this swap. Search a little and you'll find a lot of information (and a lot of BS) about this swap.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:31 PM   #4
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Yep.. there is going to be a small demand for these units.

but... You have got a great design.

PM me if you go ahead and make a few.

I'll take one

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Old 08-16-2007, 08:40 PM   #5
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USD vs conventionals really boil down to what terrain you're riding, and how particular you are. A preference thing, if you will. Those that want 'em know what they want and will buy them. Nice looking design, btw.

FWIW, Gary Emig has been making these conversion clamps for a while, they seem to sell well, and they're still in production. The 650L, 600R & 400R can do the same swap with a steering stem change.

So if you dig a Scott's damper, another cool option for a neat swap.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:50 PM   #6
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Thanks, I'm aware of the Emig tripleclamps but he only makes a sub-mount setup for his own steering stabilizer and I would rather run a SCOTTS. His tripleclamps are also only available with 24mm offset. That's the same as the stock XR650R and the CR/F tripleclamps, but the stock XR forks have about 4.5mm's more offset at the axle than the CR/F forks. I'm running a CRF450 front end on my bike right now with stock tripleclamps and it's kinda twitchy. It's great for woods and tight riding, but I've got a 250 for that so I'd prefer to add a little more offset at the tripleclamps to mimic the stock geometry.
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Looks good jesusgato...I'm in 😁

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Old 01-13-2014, 12:10 AM   #8
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Looks good jesusgato...I'm in 😁

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Right on, thanks, will add you to the list.
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