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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

I have a 95 CBR900RR that I've taken down to the frame to powdercoat. *When I put it back together, I can install the original shock or one from a '97 model that I have extra. *They look like they would be interchangable, and assuming they are, what are the differences? *Is it worth it to put the '97 one on there since I already have it, or would it not make that big a difference?



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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

Found this:

Quote Rear suspension has also been altered, with a smaller diameter piston claimed to give a greater range of adjustments, and a reworked linkage ratio giving more progressive damping over a longer amount of travel.

So, are the linkages interchangable?



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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

How many miles are on the shocks? I'd seriously consider popping in an aftermarket shock if you've got the bike apart that far.

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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

Man, I've got it APART :lol

I actually have a FOX TC shock that should fit it, but it's on my '97 project bike. *The story is, I've got this '95 and a '97. *I've just started the '95 earlier because I want to sell it (though I may ride it a bit first just to check it out, thus the question about shocks) and I'll probably keep the '97. *So, I'm not putting the seriously good stuff on the '95... *Anyway, the '97 shock looks really good, but I got it second-hand, so I'm not sure of the mileage. *The '95 has about 5k miles on it.

At this point, I'm thinking the '97 shock would be better, but I wonder if I should try to find a '96-7 linkage to go with it. *Will that fit the '95 frame? *Hmmmm....



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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

I had a '95 RR and I believe that one of the changes made in '96 was a different swingarm pivot point. Some say this was Honda's backdoor attempt to squelch the 'get rid of the nervous 16' front end' revelers. I don't know if this makes any difference but I would check it out.

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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

My $ .02 -

'97 shock = unknown mileage, plus possible linkage change hassle

'95 shock = only 5K miles, and you know it will bolt right up

Since you're selling the bike, to me it's a no-brainer
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Re: 95 and 96-97 shock differences

Thanks for the tips guys, keep 'em comin'! I've got an extra '97 swingarm lying around as well, so maybe I should offer that up and see how it all fits-up (but I might want to keep it to replace the RC45 arm on my '97 if I sell it later on). And yeah, sticking it all back how I took it apart would be easier if I'm going to sell it, but I'm a hopeless tinkerer and may end-up riding it a bit first
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