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I have an 87 200 that is a good runner and has a few mods done to it. Stock suspension springs are way too soft for even moderate jumps at moderate speeds. Looking to buy some stiffer springs front and rear, new or used. Just don't want to bottom out and be ruptured while I'm having a go next time . Any leads or advice appreciated. Not really wanting to swap out the complete fork or shock from another bike. Don't need disk brakes or bigger,  heavier front end. Just want to make the stockers not bottom out as easily. Thanks for the space and taking the time to read this.

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I have an 87 200 that is a good runner and has a few mods done to it. Stock suspension springs are way too soft for even moderate jumps at moderate speeds. Looking to buy some stiffer springs front and rear, new or used. Just don't want to bottom out and be ruptured while I'm having a go next time . Any leads or advice appreciated. Not really wanting to swap out the complete fork or shock from another bike. Don't need disk brakes or bigger,  heavier front end. Just want to make the stockers not bottom out as easily. Thanks for the space and taking the time to read this.
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Cannon Racecraft can make you some nice front springs. I have found the rear spring is harder to find. May try a 250r rear shock.
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Bruce Triplett with Triplett Suspension hooked me up with fork springs. He is very knowledgeable about suspension on these older bikes and what it takes to get them set up right. Bruce Triplett 704-637-3675.

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5 hours ago, Tamatwotone said:
6 hours ago, hornet10 said:
I have an 87 200 that is a good runner and has a few mods done to it. Stock suspension springs are way too soft for even moderate jumps at moderate speeds. Looking to buy some stiffer springs front and rear, new or used. Just don't want to bottom out and be ruptured while I'm having a go next time . Any leads or advice appreciated. Not really wanting to swap out the complete fork or shock from another bike. Don't need disk brakes or bigger,  heavier front end. Just want to make the stockers not bottom out as easily. Thanks for the space and taking the time to read this.
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Cannon Racecraft can make you some nice front springs. I have found the rear spring is harder to find. May try a 250r rear shock.

Cannon makes their own springs, so the rear is just as easy to get from them as fork springs. 

Mark Atterberry rebuilt the suspension on my '90 XR200R with new springs for my weight at 210lbs, along with other work done to the forks and shock. Feels great now! 

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Nice looking bike too

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I was looking into using 1st gen Ninja 250 stock springs.  They appeared to be the correct size and an appropriate rate from my research.  Will likely require spacers to get the correct length.  I never found any, but did find an XR600 front end, so I stopped looking.

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Xr250R springs from 84-85 fit the shock and are about 5% stiffer. Later XR250R blue springs are about 10% stiffer. 96-04 XR250R yellow springs are about 20% stiffer.

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I think the stock 84-85 xr200r front springs are a decent option.

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I have a blue spring that came off the shock on my '85 200r. Mark Atterberry checked and rated the springs I sent with my shock when he rebuilt it. I'll run by storage later and see what he marked them as. 

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The blue spring I have from 1987 XR200r is about 7 1/2" long. 3.224" OD at bottom . 3.015 at top. 0.482 wire. I also have a 1990 XR200r that has a red spring on it, not yet removed for measurements. I did take out a fork spring and it has .008 larger wire, 4 more coils and .012 larger OD. An online calculator I found says it is a bit over 2lb per inch stiffer than 1987 so I may give them a go and try 10 psi. Although what I read has said 1987 and 1990 XR200r have same dry weight I can see several steel parts on '90 that are of aluminum on '87. Thus making me believe 1990 would be sprung a bit heavier at both ends. Part numbers are different as well. Thank you for all comments and suggestions. I did have an 1986 XR250r shock around here a while back, blue spring on it and was longer and bigger OD. Wouldn't fit on the 200 shock. Not very knowledgeable about suspension here. Spent most of my riding days on many rigid frame Speedway Jawa and Weslake alky burners.

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3 hours ago, Daniel627 said:

I have a blue spring that came off the shock on my '85 200r. Mark Atterberry checked and rated the springs I sent with my shock when he rebuilt it. I'll run by storage later and see what he marked them as. 

Thanks for checking it out!

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This is what I came up with. The blue spring is from the '85 XR200R, the red one is from my '90 XR200R. I've never cross referenced the shock from the '85 to see if it might be an XR250R shock. It had an xr250 front end on it so I'm not sure. 

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