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martyxr6

suspension mods

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Just wanted to know some experienced opinions on improving my tired suspension. I have an '85 xr600r. My questions are:

1. Should I have my rear shock rebuilt or buy a Progressive Suspension 420 series shock?

2. Cartridge emulators vs. Progressive Suspension's dampening rods and progressive springs or "straight rate springs"?

I ride everything, but mostly ride desert trails at speeds avg. between 25-55mph, not a lot of tight stuff.

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1.) Getting the shock rebuilt will be a lot less than a new shock. The new shock may work a lot better though.

2.) The emulators will help a lot. If you go the emulator route, replace the bushings in the forks. I would imagine that they are worn out. I'd say keep the stock springs, unless you want/need a different spring rate. Go with the straight rate springs. For about the same price I bet you could get a set of 91 or later XR600 forks from from ebay. 91 and later XR600's have cartridge forks. Not sure if the 85 front wheel , brakes, etc will work with the 91 and later forks.

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