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Old 04-17-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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XR650L front end on a XL600R?

I've been reading around lots about XL600R suspension upgrades and options that are available. So I've been keeping my eyes out for just that.

Today I picked up a set of forks along with the front wheel and caliper from a 2006 XR650L for $150 with the intention of sticking them on the 1984 XL600R. I read around quickly before buying just to make sure they did, indeed, match up and found that they definitely DO fit. So I went for it. I didn't read closely enough to the part that said that the STEERING TUBE was the same size and was what made the front ends interchangeable. Not the fork diameters... so I got the forks without the triple tree or steering tube with the thought of just swapping out the forks and maintaining the same triple tree.

Boo.

The guy still has the XR650L top and bottom clamps but not the steering tube. So I might pick that up, but he's wanting extra mula for it... so I'll check the motorcycle salvage first.

Since I missed that little, tiny, insignificant details... I don't want to miss anymore. So, my questions to you guys:
  1. Can I just transfer the steer tube from the XL to the XR clamps?
  2. Would it be better to just find a full triple tree with the steer tube from another XR? Better being less work, more clean, more saferer (read: stronger)?
  3. I read somewhere that the cluster and light doesn't bolt up to the XR650L triple tree... is that true?! If so, is my only option to make some brackets?

I'm itching to get the forks on the bike and get rid of my stupid vibrations while upgrading the front end at the same time, so any advice you can offer would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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Top and bottom clamps acquired!

Before I start pulling the front end off my bike, should I be looking at getting another stem to put on the XR650L forks? Or am I good to reuse the stem out of the XL600R forks...?

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Old 04-20-2015, 08:37 PM   #3
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I have always used complete stem with clamps, never had to press in/out etc. N

The Xl cluster will not "bolt" on but you can make it work with a little ingenuity.

You will also need a longer brake line, good time to upgrade to stainless.

XL fender bolts up.

I assume you have the xr650L axle,speedo drive,spacers etc...
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
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I have always used complete stem with clamps, never had to press in/out etc. N

The Xl cluster will not "bolt" on but you can make it work with a little ingenuity.

You will also need a longer brake line, good time to upgrade to stainless.

XL fender bolts up.

I assume you have the xr650L axle,speedo drive,spacers etc...
I have the xr650l front wheel with the axel and speedo drive. What are these spacers you speak of?

I was thinking of upgrading to stainless braided lines. What's a good place to pick those up? These guys?
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:34 PM   #5
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There should be a spacer on the caliper side. If you bought the forks complete with wheel it should be there it slides into the bearing seal.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:15 PM   #6
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Cool, I'll double check. Thanks!
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