I rarely come over here as I spend way too much time on the XR/CRF 50 and Pitbike sites but I was doing some maintenance on my XR-650L (a. k. a. the Woods Wing) including replacement of the spherical bearings on the upper link and the shock. As others have found in this forum Honda does not offer the spherical bearing that goes in the upper end of the shock separately. A call to Pivot Works, where I got the "shock bearing kit," confirms this and other calls to various shock service companies say that Showa does not offer these bearings. One company said that Showa might sell you these bearings if you bought 200 of them(!!!). The irony is that the XR-650L shop manual gives you complete instructions on the R & R of this bearing!!! Has anyone come up with an acceptable replacement for this spherical bearing? Could it be replaced with a solid bronze bushing since the lower spherical bearing should allow for any movement necessary assuming that the rest of the linkage is in good condition? Also, why couldn't a person modify the top of the shock to accept the spherical bearing that goes in the link? They're the same O. D., only wider and the only thing that would hold you back would be the collars which could be made on a lathe. Why in the fudge doesn't Honda offer these, anyway????