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2003 RM250 Forks...Will They Fit My 01' DRZ-S ?

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If I just took out my forks and slide in some 03' RM250 forks, would that work? What if I used the triples off of the RM with the DRZ Frame?

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Yes and no...

The offset used on an 03 RM triple clamp is too much for a DRZ. Like 24.5mm. It will mess with the front end stability and steering.

TAG metals makes a special 21.5mm RM Matrix clamp set. That is what you would need to make it work. DRZ headtube is the same so it will bolt on. Caliper is the same, wheel is the same. Burned mentioned it may require RM wheel spacers I believe.

Thats about it. So the answer is yes they will work but your gonna have to get a set of special TAG matrix clamps.

BTW I have some 2003 RM125 47mm USD Showa forks FS. They sure are purty. 😢 :cry:

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How much would the clamps cost? How much are you selling YOURS for? 😢 SO, I take it that I really should be looking for a 96'-98' RM front forks for a straight bolt on?

Thanks for answering.

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Well I was kinda leaving the price in the air. I probably will not get what I bought them for. Maybe I will use them on my new KLX400R. But probably not. 😢

As for the Matrix clamps they run about $300 or so new.

If memory serves me from what I have gathered 96-98 forks are the same on the outside but have different internals. Burned I believe said once something to the effect of "The DRZ fork and 96-98 RM forks have the same potential once properly setup".

That is of course the DRZ K/E or DRZ S 02 and up forks. 😢

Honestly I am only putting 49mm RM 2000 forks on my S for looks alone. SM project and all. The stock forks are great (03).

I figured that once setup these will work well also and the stock springs in a 2000 RM250 fork are about right for my weight and on a DRZ. They just look so sick. 😢 :cry:

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I sent you a PM with some more questions...I hope you don't mind? 😢

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I'd like to interject a comment/question on this whole front fork replacement frenzy that has been going on...

What is the difference in going to all the trouble and expense of swapping RM forks onto a DRZ including triple clamps, etc. VS. just revalving/respringing with RACETECH.

The front forks onthe DRZ are already very good and doing the RACETECH thing just makes them even better. Do people really care so much about the upside down fork thing (Cool Look) to go to so much trouble and expense rather than just upgrading the internals of the stock front suspension? BURNED please feel free to weigh in on this...

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Great question. I would love to hear a response from it. I asked a question a while back about the rebound adjustment and everyone said that it is important to have in order to set up your bike properly. I wonder if giving the forks to a suspension specialist would be just as good.

For me, it's not the USD forks (Although it WOULD be cool), it's the adjustment that I want.

Burned or anyone else...please let us know...thanks.

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on E models and 02 and later S models,the 49mm cartridge forks are some of the finest forks ever produced.owners of theose forks should consider having them sprung and valved way before replacing them.

00-01 S models with benifit greatly from a fork swap to cartridge forks.96-98 rm forks,99-current rm inverted or E/later S forks.

any forks that is swapped on wil still need to sprung at a minimum and valved realistically as they were not from a 270-300lb bike.

as far as the cool look,im guilty of that.however i didnt go and spend a wad ont he first set of rm forks i saw.

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I've read back and forth about Scott Summers puting DRZ forks on his CRF450, he did, then he didn't, then he did....

Anyway I was perusing one of the "fine" Dirt bike zines the other day and there was another pic of Scott w/the DRZ forks on the CRF. If they work for him better than the stock USD forks, that's all I need to know to realize ours are pretty damn good from the get-go ('03 and up anyway). I like the bling factor but not enough to spend too much money on something that may only be marginally better after I spend even more money setting up the USD forks.

Then again if I had some laying around on the shop floor maybe......but that's why I got a 2 smoke Katoom.

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I just sold my '98 RM forks (with Racetech valving and springs) and bought a set of new 04 RMZ250 forks off ebay for $200. The 98 forks were an improvement over the stock 01 S stuff, but nothing great. I thought they were harsh on compression, and they didn't stick very well in the turns. The stock forks on my CRF work better for both MX and trails.

The .48 springs that I was running turned out to be too stiff for the DRZ, so I'll start with something softer this time around. Probably a .44 or .46

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I have heard that the RMZ forks are very harsh, has something to do with the blader, but it can be disabled.

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