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xl500r disc brake conversion ?

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I love my 82 xl500r but I would like to install a disc fronnt brake system. Does anyone know if I can install a set of forks and wheel from a different model with front disc. I don't really want to get into changing out the triple clamps. I was thinking maybe an xl600r with the front disc set up? please let me know.

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I'm pretty sure that the XL and XR 83 and on forks are larger diameter. It would be a whole front end swap. If I remember correctly it's been done and described here before.

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Yeah the 83 up XR's are bigger..I purchased a complete front end from an 83 500 including steering stem and the guy I bought them off said they bolt on if you use the steering stem from the 83. Apparently it's a straight fit into the 82 xl 500 front end.I haven't tried or measured to confirm his information as I only bought it for the speedo drive. Paid a hundred for the entire front end..bargain considering a speedo drive is probably about $80.00 alone.The XL 600 forks are a different size again from the XR 500/600 so not sure on the steering stem fit to an 82 XL for them.

I'll have a measure of all my bikes fork diameters and post the info a bit later..as you see I also own an 82 XL 500.,, here they are...82 XL 37mm,,,86 XR 600 and the XR500's 43mm..86 XL600 41mm.

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No worries..I thought the XL600 fork's may be a go in the 82 XL without the need to change the stem but as you can see they are just a bit bigger..Looks like the stem from the 83 up 500 is the best option giving you the choice of the XR500 or the XR600 forks..

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so then what I need to look for is a front end off a 1983 xr500 or xr600. Will this be a direct swap or do I need to change the stem?

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Might be better to post the question in the 600/650 section Doug.Someone over their may know for definite..or try the other 4strokes.co forums. They know their stuff as well.

Regarding the Stem/SHead..As you can see by the diameter of the forks you will need to change the stem/steering head to get the 83 forks on..43mm diameter XR500/XR600 forks will not go into 37mm XL 500 fork holes ,,Whether the 600 stem/sh is the same as the 500 I do not know..All I do know is what the seller of the front end told me.I cannot be 100% sure of the fit without doing the mod myself and I have no plans to do that at this stage..

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