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Hello - I'm new to this site, so I thought I'd introduce myself and my daily driver/ toy. Last week I bought a CA plated '97 XR400. Far from street legal, I got my current sticker and bought the Baja designs dual sport kit, Acerbis front fender, Maier rear MX fender, seat cover and graphics, and misc other parts. I am still waiting to get my front fender, CRF clutch perch, and 18" front wheel.

I will be running 18" front and rear wheels and tires (still trying to find a 18x2.15 w/ 32 spokes wheel for the front). I will also be buying a new silencer soon as the stocker is pretty dented up.
What do you think?
 

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Welcome!

One option to get you going would be to go the sportsman route using your stock rims and sumo type rubber.

It's a very popular way to go for newbees and it gets you off of those knobbies when running the street.

Do a search on here on sportsman tires and see what suggestions you can come up with.

See Ya / SIRR1
 

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Thats a nice thumper you've got there. If you're going to replace the exhaust why not go for an under-seat. That would look cool!! I like the seat cover and graphics too!!
 

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Sirr1, I've been trying to avoid that because I know I will end up keeping the bigger front wheel too long. But I think you're right.

T burson, Thanks! I've never seen an underseat on an XR, that would be pretty sweet. I just put my front fender on last night and stiffened up my suspension a bit for the street.
 

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throw some f3 wheels on it and call it done. No need to get crazy with it. just build it to have fun on the street. good luck
 

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So here is how she sits as of last night (crappy pic) but I'll get more tonight.



Exhaust will be next.
 

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Looks nice. What tires are you going to run? I just picked up a set of F3 wheels on Friday. I pulled the bearings and spacers out, now its just time to take some measurements and find a machinist. Anybody ever done the conversion before? I am fitting them to a 2000 XR650L.
 

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I kept the 18" rear wheel and had my front hub laced to a 18" wheel as well.
The tires are Avon road riders, and the sizes are 110/80 18 front and 120/80 18 rear.

Though I'll get the 130/80 18 rear once these tires are worn as there is plenty of room in the swing arm for it.
 

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Thanks.

I've been riding it everyday to work (15 miles each way) and its fantastic.

Right now I am running 16/45 sprockets but I think I will put the 43 rear on to drop the RPM's just a little more. It cruises at 70mph no problem, at 75-78 mph its revving too high for my taste. Other than poor fuel economy I have no complaints - so far.

I also just ordered my 320mm front rotor and caliper relocation bracket, I'll let you know the difference I fell in stopping power in about a week.

Cruising around town is great, though I now see the difference in tire options between the 17" wheel and the 18". The bike will spin the rear wheel before looping out from a dead stop. I know I can drop the air pressure a bit to get better traction, but I havn't had any issues yet with grip (that weren't on purpose).

T
 

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I kept the 18" rear wheel and had my front hub laced to a 18" wheel as well.
The tires are Avon road riders, and the sizes are 110/80 18 front and 120/80 18 rear.

Though I'll get the 130/80 18 rear once these tires are worn as there is plenty of room in the swing arm for it.
Try a 140.
I'm running a 140/18 Scorpion rear,with no probs :thumbup:
 

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I wouldn't go for a 140... It will fit fine, but will actually be narrower than a 130 because the borders of the tire will just be pulled in further to make contact with the sides of the rim... I just took my 140/70/18 in today to get my new 130/70/18 put on..

I had 1/2" chickenstrips on either side even after full lean while scraping the footpegs....

Tires are harder to find, but def. are out there... I previously had a IRC Roadwinner and just went with a Michelin pilot activ.... $70-90... not too bad!
 

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Alrighty.. I'm going to take that back...

I got my wheel and tire back today and i am super disappointed with the 130... It is considerably narrower than the 140 was and has just as much cupping on the side...

I will def. be going back to the 140 next tire, even though it just barely is able to fit the rim (if you go with a 70 sidewall)...

Sorry for the previous mis-info... That is just what everyone told me to do to make better use of width of the rubber : (
 
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