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Suspention Upgrade

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I have a 88 xr600 The rear shock is blown and Honda wants 300 + for a new one seems like for that price I can do better than stock I have used works shocks on my snowmobile and loved both the company and the product has any used works on a xr or does any one has a brand they would recommed

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I have a 88 xr600 The rear shock is blown and Honda wants 300 + for a new one seems like for that price I can do better than stock I have used works shocks on my snowmobile and loved both the company and the product has any used works on a xr or does any one has a brand they would recommed

There are two other options.

First, unless something is broken the shock might just need a new seal. The shock can be rebuilt for $50 to $100. You can even do it yourself.

Second, you can just get another shock. Take a look on ebay. The older shocks go pretty cheap there.

I think that you will find that an aftermarket shock will be a lot more than $300 if you can find one for your older bike.

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cleonard thanks I did'nt that you could rebuild them your self what pressure do you refill them to if any FYI for a works shock 579 and 619 with remote rez and they setup the valving for your weight and how you ride

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A simple rebuild will just replace the seal. There have been some write ups here about doing that at at home. Unless you have the stuff you still have to take it to a shop for a nitrogen charge. The unknown it the condition of the shock itself. They can get damaged beyond repair. No way to know unless it is taken apart.

For a little more a suspension shop can valve it for you. I think that runs $125-140 or so depending on the shop. Unless you weigh that 170 that Honda plans for, you can also get a spring for your weight for another $100. I think that an aftermarket shock is a lot more than that, but I don't know that for sure.

If you do the rear you should think about the front as well. The 88 forks are just a damper rod design. The 91 and later forks are a first generation cartridge design and are better. Many people here have done USD fork conversions are are happy with the results. That is a lot more work than using a 91+ set of forks though.

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Try a shock off a newer 600r or 650L with the reservoir built to the shock body. They make a big difference. You can get one off ebay for less than $50. I've seen posts about the L shock not fitting and that is BS. I bolted mine on, zero problems.

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