1996 CR 250 rear shock options?

I have a 96 CR250 and the shock shaft is toast.  I have found some on Ebay but most are really expensive.  My question is will a shock from a different year fit my bike?  The Honda part number shows my shock is unique to 96 but if another will fit and is more readily available from a newer year that would be great.  Thanks.

 

The 96 rear shock is pretty good for its age....  It has both high and low speed compression adjustments. The 95, is the same shock without the high speed compression adjuster.

 

I would rebuild the shock, put in a titanium spring from a YZ450 or an aftermarket spring that complements your body weight, and call it a day......

 

The shock from the aluminum frames ('97+) is different enough where it will NOT bolt on.

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