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Just wondering what is the best year xr350. My buddy just bought a XR350. We think its a 83 even though the guy selling it said its a 82. The manf. tag is missing and I don't know if Honda ever made a 82 xr350.

We're looking for a parts bike but know what years are interchangeable. Also what year is considered the best year for the XR30R? I thought I herd somewhere that a certain year xr350 was worst than others.

It need some TLC but for $200 you can beat the price. The head gasket is leaking oil and compression, fork seals are gone, back tire is bald, and the engine probably needs a new top end. It starts up first kick every time and can still lift the front tire no problem. Although there is some blue smoke:ride:

Some pics of the old dirty bastard.

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Most people say, arguably, that the 1985 model year with its single carb, dry sump engine, and front disc brake is the most desireable XR350. I think it's only fair to point out that I ride an '85.

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A friend had a 1984 that he rode in hare scrambles years ago. It would (the oil) get so hot that it would burn out seals. The 1985 addressed all the problems of the earlier models.

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I think the 82 model didnt have a saftey seat and the bum bag looks like it is off a 84-85 model

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This bike has dual carbs too so its not a 85... If XMaicorider is right about 85 having single carb. I do have the engine number written down at home. If I post it here can anybody tell my what year it is? Or should I call the dealership?

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One more thing to note. The bike has drum brakes at the front and a black sticker on the swing arm. I read somewhere that it is a 83 then.... BUT the engine has a wet sump with an external oil line between the head and the bottom end. Could be a 83 frame witha 84 engine:excuseme:

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I'm guessing it's a 1983. Give it some TLC and it'll be a very reliable and fun trail bike. Or you could just ride it as is until it blows, who knows how long it will run, these things are tough. No wonder the fork seals are blown, there's no rubber guards on the fork tubes. Generally the 1985 XR350R is the most desirable due to the reasons noted by XMaicorider (dry sump acts as an oil cooler and larger oil capacity, single carb simplicity, front disc, etc)

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I also have an '85, which included the much-desired enduro digital dashboard and master cyl guard. I love this bike!! If you are looking for a good parts bike, my buddy is selling his '84. It needs some head work, although it does still currently run. He just put tires and front/rear sprockets and chain, and he has an aftermarket pipe. I think he's wanting $500 as it sits. I'm trying to get his sprockets and chain from him, though!

If interested, PM me and I'll get ahold of him. He bought it earlier this year, and after I rode it around, I had to buy one for myself!

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forgot to mention one detail.....our bikes are currently plated and registered for street and dirt. Don't know if this is a hassle for you in BC, but it can be in the states, depending on where you live.

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forgot to mention one detail.....our bikes are currently plated and registered for street and dirt. Don't know if this is a hassle for you in BC, but it can be in the states, depending on where you live.

I don't know how hard it would be to go to the states and get a bike across the border. Although its near impossible to find a parts bike in Canada so we might have to go that route. I'll ask him when he gets back from Italy. Hes going for a month tomorrow.

The guy across the street has a mint 84 xl350 with a blown engine. Hes doesn't what to sell it....

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1985 is by far the most desirable XR350, single carb, aluminum swing arm etc.

But the wet sump models 83 (with drum front) and 84 (with disk front) are also great bikes. Change the oil often, they do run hotter than the dry sump motors when you push them hard.

If you need parts, look at 83 & 84, quite a lot changed in 85, so dont think all parts are same from it, even the plastic fenders and tank got reshaped.

I had an 85 it was great I wish I still had it.:)

Heres a link with the differences:

http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_XR350

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Check this info against your vin #

10 th digit = Vehicle model year

1980 A 1987 H 1994 R 2001 1 2008 8

1981 B 1988 J 1995 S 2002 2 2009 9

1982 C 1989 K 1996 T 2003 3 2010 A

1983 D 1990 L 1997 V 2004 4 2011 B

1984 E 1991 M 1998 W 2005 5 2012 C

1985 F 1992 N 1999 X 2006 6 2013 D

1986 G 1993 P 2000 Y 2007 7

Good luck,

Corky:crazy: :)

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I know I am in the minority here but I had an 83 XR350 and I HATED that bike. It never ran right and the power was nothing great. It was heavy and would not turn for anything and I had to learn to light up the rear tire anytime I wanted to make a sharp turn. I had nothing but problems with that bike. I basically gave it away after letting it sit in my garage for a few years because I hated riding it so much. It left such a horrible impression on me that I refused to buy a XR400 when they came out because I was afraid it would be like the 350.

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Check this info against your vin #

10 th digit = Vehicle model year

1980 A 1987 H 1994 R 2001 1 2008 8

1981 B 1988 J 1995 S 2002 2 2009 9

1982 C 1989 K 1996 T 2003 3 2010 A

1983 D 1990 L 1997 V 2004 4 2011 B

1984 E 1991 M 1998 W 2005 5 2012 C

1985 F 1992 N 1999 X 2006 6 2013 D

1986 G 1993 P 2000 Y 2007 7

Good luck,

Corky:crazy: :)

Good gas for you Corky:thumbsup: Look like we got a 1983

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I refused to buy a XR400 when they came out because I was afraid it would be like the 350.

So what are you riding? Did you ever get or try an XR400?

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