95 Honda CR250 forks and clamp swap

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5/10/2018 3:41 PM

Just bought a 95 CR250 and looking to get some newer forks and clamps for it. What are my options? I’ve heard that you have to do a few tricks to make any of the newer forks to fit. I’d be happy to keep the stock forks but I have found the stock triple clamp has the bars sitting in my lap and I want to move the bars forward.

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5/10/2018 6:01 PM

Use All Balls bearing conversion bearings to swap later Honda or any other brand bike forks and triple clamps. You will likely need the front axle and wheel or wheel hub as well. Grab some later Honda twin chambers and you can likely press your steering stem out and swap it into the lower clamp for a really simple fit. I installed a set of 01' Forks onto my 88' CR250 with AllBalls conversion bearings. The bars have offset clamps in forward position and I find the bars are in a perfect and modern position. They are similar to my fairly new KTM. Well worth the swap. Here is the All Balls site. https://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion

Greg

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5/10/2018 7:59 PM

avmechanic wrote:

Use All Balls bearing conversion bearings to swap later Honda or any other brand bike forks and triple clamps. You will likely need the front axle and wheel or wheel hub as well. Grab some later Honda twin chambers and you can likely press your steering stem out and swap it into the lower clamp for a really simple fit. I installed a set of 01' Forks onto my 88' CR250 with AllBalls conversion bearings. The bars have offset clamps in forward position and I find the bars are in a perfect and modern position. They are similar to my fairly new KTM. Well worth the swap. Here is the All Balls site. https://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion

Greg

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X2. I have used the All Balls conversion for my 90 YZ250 to 2017 KYB SSS forks & Clamps from a YZ250F and the 2016 SFF forks from a CRF450R that I am putting on my 89 CR250.

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My son is also finishing up his CRF450R SFF forks on his 89 CR250 as well using the All Balls kits.

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5/11/2018 6:21 AM

my '95 has 2004 setup with APPLIED triples Photo

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Larry Navarro - Spring,TX. Damm glad to meetcha!

5/12/2018 7:12 AM

I did the twin Chamber swap on my 94CR. I used the 94 stem in the 06 triples. Super easy, no spacers, or bearing kits needed.

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5/13/2018 12:41 AM

avmechanic wrote:

Use All Balls bearing conversion bearings to swap later Honda or any other brand bike forks and triple clamps. You will likely need the front axle and wheel or wheel hub as well. Grab some later Honda twin chambers and you can likely press your steering stem out and swap it into the lower clamp for a really simple fit. I installed a set of 01' Forks onto my 88' CR250 with AllBalls conversion bearings. The bars have offset clamps in forward position and I find the bars are in a perfect and modern position. They are similar to my fairly new KTM. Well worth the swap. Here is the All Balls site. https://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion

Greg

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quiknic wrote:

X2. I have used the All Balls conversion for my 90 YZ250 to 2017 KYB SSS forks & Clamps from a YZ250F and the 2016 SFF forks from a CRF450R that I am putting on my 89 CR250.

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My son is also finishing up his CRF450R SFF forks on his 89 CR250 as well using the All Balls kits.

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Thanks everyone. So I have an option of using a set of 2016 YZ450 forks and clamps. Will the all balls kit work with them? I don’t quite understand how it works. Waiting to hear back from all balls as well but if you boys know about them then let me know. Thanks again. GB

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5/13/2018 7:28 AM

When you go to the All Balls conversion bearing site https://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion and input your bike they do not have any Yamaha applications. Essentially the All Balls conversion bearings are just bearings that match the inner diameter with the stem of the fork triple clamps you want to fit and the outer diameter with the frame steering tube of your bike. They also include some shims to put under the bearings as many of the newer triple clamps have more length to the stem than the original fork clamps had. If they do not have a conversion bearing then you will need to modify or get a custom steering stem made for the combination you want to put together. Emig racing and likely some other machining businesses can do this. Typically that is not as cheap of an option as conversion bearings. While I think the Yamaha forks are an awesome fork I would likely choose something easier to swap. Good luck with it and keep us posted on the conversion.
Greg

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5/13/2018 1:28 PM

avmechanic wrote:

Use All Balls bearing conversion bearings to swap later Honda or any other brand bike forks and triple clamps. You will likely need the front axle and wheel or wheel hub as well. Grab some later Honda twin chambers and you can likely press your steering stem out and swap it into the lower clamp for a really simple fit. I installed a set of 01' Forks onto my 88' CR250 with AllBalls conversion bearings. The bars have offset clamps in forward position and I find the bars are in a perfect and modern position. They are similar to my fairly new KTM. Well worth the swap. Here is the All Balls site. https://www.allballsracing.com/index.php/forkconversion

Greg

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quiknic wrote:

X2. I have used the All Balls conversion for my 90 YZ250 to 2017 KYB SSS forks & Clamps from a YZ250F and the 2016 SFF forks from a CRF450R that I am putting on my 89 CR250.

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My son is also finishing up his CRF450R SFF forks on his 89 CR250 as well using the All Balls kits.

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GeoffB33 wrote:

Thanks everyone. So I have an option of using a set of 2016 YZ450 forks and clamps. Will the all balls kit work with them? I don’t quite understand how it works. Waiting to hear back from all balls as well but if you boys know about them then let me know. Thanks again. GB

I would not use the 2016 YZ450F forks on the Honda because they are more than an inch longer. I had originally purchased a set of YZ250F forks to go on my 89 CR250 but found that it would not be a clean replacement and did not want the front end to be longer or use tall clamps to rig it to work. I ended up buying a set of 2016 SSF forks from a CRF450R as the total difference in length is less than a 1/4” and the CRF clamps are easy to make work. Just my .02

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5/13/2018 1:30 PM

Thanks legends for the info. I will keep searching then!

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5/15/2018 6:55 PM

Just get up to 2008 Honda forks and read up on the brakes and wheel spacers needed. If anyone gives you a hard time about shimming the lower clamp tell them factory Honda did it Photo

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