1985 Honda Xr 350 R model- Lowering the seat height?

Discussion in 'Dirt Bike Suspension' started by Earl White, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. Earl White

    Earl White Rookie

    Feb 18, 2017
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    I am considering purchase of a 1985 Xr 350 (not an R model) and I believe it will be too high for me to touch the ground with both feet as my inseam measures 31" with the boots on.

    I have several questions around this problem. The manufactures I checked Devol, Vortex and YanaKiki and some others do not make a "dogbone" lowering link for the XR350 in the 1985 model year that I can find. I am tempted to make my own!

    And Honda does not even list for sale the maintenance /shop manual for anything but the 1985 XR350R model. So other than the dual carbs on the R model, and possibly a different head on the engine and some internal valves, is there any difference between the straight Xr 350 and the Xr 350 R model?

    Can anyone reccomend a source for the longer than stock lowering dogbone link for this bike? and are the parts interchangeable with the Xr 250 R as far as the frame itself?


  2. Pete Payne

    Pete Payne MX-Tech Suspension Agent
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    Nov 3, 2000
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    You can lower the seat height by limiting the suspension travel internally.

    I best that the service manual manufacturer "Clymer" offers a service manual for it.
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