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Old 01-22-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Rear Shock needed for a XRL650. What fits?

I am in need of a shock for my 1993 XR650L. Does anyone know which years are interchangeable? Also if you have a shock or damper rod for sale please let me know. Thanks
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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Honda doesn't sell parts for the XRL shock like they do for the XR600. I have a XR600 damper rod available. Perhaps we should talk with parts in hand to confirm if they are the same. I think they are.

The 93 and 94 XRL shocks are 1/2" shorter than all later XRL shocks. Any shock from a 91 and up XR600 will fit but again it's 1/2" longer. The XR600 shock body ID is smaller than the XRL except the later XR600 shocks that were the same as the XRL with slightly different valving.

The reason I have two damper rods is I bought them thinking I could put them on my L but both bodies were worn out.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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I have a 2008 XR650L shock for sale with 6000 miles on it in excellent condition. It sounds like it is 1/2 in. longer than a 1994. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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I don't want to end up a half inch longer on the shock, fighting the urge to lower it as it is. Not to question anyone, but are we sure that the shocks are different? I was involved with Honda on the dealership level for many years and it doesn't make sense coming from a parts point of view.

The linkage is all the same.

From what I found seat height remains the same.
If what we are saying is right then Honda raised the seat height on a bike that already had legs.?

So has someone actually checked this out? Again, no offense.

I appreciate the response so far. I will get back with you when I am settled on the shocks lengths.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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Easy Peasy. Go to Cheapcycleparts and check the 93/94 XRL shock part # to any later year.

Here. I've done it for you:

http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model...shock-absorber

http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model...shock-absorber
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #6
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My 95 also had the shorter shock. I stole one off a 2007 on E-Bay $125. He said it had been used about 600 miles. When I got it , it wasn't even dusty, not a scratch. Must have been all street miles. Much better ride now.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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One more thing about the shock length. The part number only has the last 3 digits changed from a 1993 to a 1996.
Typically Honda changes more than the last 3 when there is a significant change. Most of the time the last 3 will relate to a year model change involving colors or manufacturer.

I all know is the things I know, and the things I know that I don't know. What messes me up, is the things that I don't know, that I don't know.

(There's always one in the crowd)
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I've tried.

Next...
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
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My 95 also had the shorter shock. I stole one off a 2007 on E-Bay $125. He said it had been used about 600 miles. When I got it , it wasn't even dusty, not a scratch. Must have been all street miles. Much better ride now.
Are you saying the 95 shock is shorter? Sorry you lost me on this one.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #10
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I've tried.

Next...
So you have compared these 2 side by side? Any thoughts as to why the seat height hasn't changed? Seats maybe, are they thicker on the 93-94?
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:02 PM   #11
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I have a 2008 XR650L shock for sale with 6000 miles on it in excellent condition. It sounds like it is 1/2 in. longer than a 1994. PM me if you are interested.
Would you mind giving me a measurement off your shock? Center to center on the bolt holes.

Thank you very much, this will answer my questions.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:14 PM   #12
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Easy Peasy. Go to Cheapcycleparts and check the 93/94 XRL shock part # to any later year.

Here. I've done it for you:

http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model...shock-absorber

http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model...shock-absorber
Steve,

Check out this one

http://www.ronayers.com/WhereUsed/N/9935

Just to muddy the water.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:26 PM   #13
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Springs are the same. Linkage is the same.

Why would Honda make the change? It just doesn't line up. Sorry fellow Inmates, I am not convinced.
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Are you saying the 95 shock is shorter? Sorry you lost me on this one.
Mine was & I now have a later , longer 2007 shock. I had the two side by side & yes the 07 was longer.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #15
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93-94 xr650l shock is 14.5 inches eye to eye and a 46mm shock body.
95-current 650l shock is 14.88 inches eye to eye and a 46mm shock body.
All xr600 late model shocks 1989/90 on are 15 inches eye to eye and they are ALL 44mm shock bodies.

The difference in part numbers can be as easy as a small valving change. I haven't had one of the earlier model 650l shocks apart but I'm guessing they used a top out spring which caused the shock to have a shorter eye to eye till spring preload was added.
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