18" rear wheel for 87 xr600


8 replies to this topic
  • jeff111

Posted January 29, 2005 - 04:30 AM

#1

hi i have got a 1987 xr600 and am having trouble finding good tyres for it does anybody know if i can put a 18" rear wheel of a 88 bike in ?

  • XR250rdr

Posted January 29, 2005 - 12:07 PM

#2

88 wheel should fit just fine.

  • CrackiN

Posted January 30, 2005 - 05:41 AM

#3

jeff111...The problem with putting an 18" wheel in place of a 17" wheels is there isn't enough room. The swing arm is too short. You would have to have the swing arm for an 18" tire...
Forget about what I said above...Seems I am ignorant when it comes to 88 model swingarms.

  • don87xr600

Posted January 30, 2005 - 08:18 AM

#4

jeff111...The problem with putting an 18" wheel in place of a 17" wheels is there isn't enough room. The swing arm is too short. You would have to have the swing arm for an 18" tire...

I guess a paddle tire is out of the question then! Did Honda change the swing arm from '87 to '88, no. But the stock chain length for a '88 is 2 links longer.

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  • StevePSD

Posted January 30, 2005 - 06:22 PM

#5

The chain is 2 links longer because the stock rear sprocket went from 48 to 50 teeth from 1988-1990. It then went back to 48 teeth for the duration.

  • don87xr600

Posted January 30, 2005 - 11:30 PM

#6

but they did change the swingarm in '91.

  • XR250rdr

Posted January 30, 2005 - 11:35 PM

#7

I swapped my original 17" wheel for an 18" wheel without any fitment issues. I put a paddle on with the original length chain and it fit, but rubbed slightly.

  • StevePSD

Posted January 31, 2005 - 02:25 PM

#8

Yes the swingarm changed in '91 but not due to having a 18" tire, which Honda first installed in '88.

  • don87xr600

Posted January 31, 2005 - 05:48 PM

#9

Yes the swingarm changed in '91 but not due to having a 18" tire, which Honda first installed in '88.

Duh!:cry: :cry: :cry:





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