I have read for hours between today and yesterday and here is what I think I know as well as what I think I need to know. Please help. Yes I am an idiot. I am okay with it
I have a 1983 XL600R with worn out leaky seal and springs. I hate repairing stuff without doing an upgrade and have decided I want a set of USD forks.
It seems that a set of forks from a CR125 or CR250 are the best choice for my bike. I don't know for sure but I think the 125 ones will work best as my bike will remain mostly stock (heavy pig) but I am only about 170 lbs. There will be a passenger on occasion but not for trail riding. If a CRF or something is a better choice I am open to options since I have spent nothing on the conversion yet.
I don't care about preserving the speedometer so I want a whole front end with the wheel/brakes/etc. I'll put on a Vapor system when it's time.
I bought this turd for a bike to put to work on and play with on the weekends. I ride the twisties and live in the sticks so it needs to be versitle. It will keep knobby tires until later on if I go full tard... the bike a mean.
I put an email in with EMIG racing as it seems that having him change the stem on the CR triples is the easiest way to fit a front end on a different bike.
For those of you who have personal experience in this conversion....
What BS did you run into that you did not expect that bit you in the ass?
Who did you work if you sent it out?
I have seen some decent writeups but nothing had specifics about where to get conversion bearings or things like it or parts numbers.
Please help me out. I will take one for the team and do a very detailed writeup with part number and prices and vendors when done. If I simply missed the writeup that is exactly what I need..... get me a link and I will flog myself on your behalf.