Honda CRF250L 2013-On

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The Honda CRF250L is a super sweet offering with bare bones super economy super soft suspension that is mostly non adjustable and hope-less, but it is super nice looking and voted most likely to get you home from the woods?




Ohlins has a fully adjustable shock and fork cap / spring kit (optional valving /piston kit) that is LESS than you might think from this premium brand.





BAM!~ best stuff out there!



(See page bottom for pricing and options…)




BAM!~ the best Quality shock for the least money, The Ohlins Super fat 46mm body with heavy duty 16mm shaft .


Fully adjustable compression, rebound, with divided fluid and nitrogen with full floating piston in reservoir, built with superior quality on all the functional adjusters.









We went from full skinny stock to fully overloaded jumbo gas Tank , Bags, Racks, Guards, kitchen sink, Etc. to test a fully loaded “Porker” to developed suspension settings for most.


(From commuter skinny dude to fat belly beafy adventure warrior- it works!)


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Done right, the Ohlins fork spring(s) and Caps(s) kit, comes with a spring rate much better than stock plus a rate even more heavy duty for aggressive and more off roading and “porky-loading” as an option.




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The Ohlins caps have a removable quick “air bleed” torx screw you should equalize any built up air pressure before each ride like a modern Mx /GNcc fork for best performance and seal life.







Not your grand-ma’s fork caps!



Ohlins CRF250L Rally Fork spring Clip



Above red arrows show clip.





Honda CRF250L how to cahnge fork springs heavier rate



Shown above is the top out spring on the end of the ding dong.





Ohlins Intregrated Preloader Option HO703 Honda Rally CRF250



As an option for some folks, above Ohlins integrated spring preloader option, easy to get to with 8mm drive with “T-tool” (not included common stuff) changes spring preload about 10mm more or less from original set position range.


May require optional Ohlins spring so best to do at time of ordering shock because it takes up about 40mm of body space.


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The forks are 43mm Showa non adjustable and non adjustable shock other than a few millimeters of preload out back.


You can vastly improve this bike with some suspension upgrades, the stock stuff is a marsh mellow.


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Ride a little more frisky and you’ll see how super soft the bike is.






You’ll get to one of these,


Ohlins Fully adjustable S46 Series shock. It has fully adjustable compression, rebound and spring options with a much larger than stock and more heavy duty build with divided fluid and nitrogen with an internal floating piston for fade free performance.


The body is a 46mm and 16mm shaft (stock Honda is only a 40mm, that’s like an acre in the suspension world!)


We sell this shock with all the features and Ohlins quality, and super nice machining for less than most other more basic shock options out there that are not made nearly as well or finished this nice.


see pics below…


Honda CRF250L Fork Springs_Revalving_Shock Springs



For reference the fork dimensions are below:

About 880mm long from center axle to top edge stantion

54mm top triple clamp/57mm bottom triple clamp

Front Caliper about 95mm holes/ Left Lug 15mm Threaded/ Right Lug 20mm /


Honda CRF250L Fork Spring kit Optional Heavy Fork Spring rate



Shown above, there is a cheapo-foogesi stuff a spring in one leg option~


That adds to the already week other spring side leg spring (insert-hope, here…) maybe but too cheap to keep.


We sell more of the Ohlins Spring and cap(s) set to do it right and you get 2 spring rates plus air bleedable caps.







Order a Fork Spring kit and Ohlins Shock Combo!


Revalving is also important for best results.



Honda CrF250L Shock Spring



The stock shock really is a piece…(if Meineke muffler made shocks for bikes this would be it).






Above a screen door damper, is only thing worse than your Honda Crf250 or rally shock.




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The cheesy bottom stamped bracket must be removed to get to spring.




Removing Honda CRF250L Shock Spring




The spring spanners stop there so taking spring off is from the other end only.




Honda CRF250L Shock Spring Preload



The stock setting is about 8mm preload and this maybe 5mm more to add, not much to write home about.




Honda CRF250l Shock Spring Removal



Bust a Nut, you would need a spring press to get to the nut on shaft end to remove bottom bracket to get to spring.





Honda CRF250L Shock Spring Rate



A wise man once said “you can’t polish a turd”.   index



Honda CRF250l Shock



We can rebuild, respring and revalve this but why….?


That few hundred just takes away from the new shock you need.







Above this is the Races tech G3 shock, the list price is at $749.00, it only has rebound adjust and uses an Eibach spring.






The Ohlins with a full compression adjustable remote reservoir feature and Ohlins quality and machining comes in for less money!







Ohlins shock mounting pic.






Ohlins shock mounting pic.






Ohlins Shock mounting pic.



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The forks are lefty / righty.


Damping only in left leg spring only in right leg.




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We offer a “mongo” spring, it’s just a needed optional heavy in the left leg that helps a lot.


A long preload tube is required for this, you can adjust preload if you pop off the left cap / rod and do it with preload shims.


Then you have something like a .58kg-.61kg finished product that feels pretty nice.


(reminder bike is about 327lbs claimed)





Our test bike with Acerbis tank, skidplates, Cycra handguards, empty nylon bags  came in at 339.0lbs.


This weight was with above stuff added without potato chips.



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We can revalve the damper leg for better performance, they have “three port” pistons.



Honda CRF250L Fork Revalving



The left leg is where all the magic happens.


Revalving this one is important when doing spring rate option because they use one legs damping to do both legs.



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A cartridge holding tool and 43mm split seal driver.



Honda CRF250L Ohlins Fork Piston Kit



Above , there is fork piston and valving options that work sweet.




Honda CRF250L Suspension Fix Solutions Ohlins Shock






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The Honda CRF250L has lots of stuff really finished nice for the bike price.




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The Honda should be rated “most likely to get you home” compared to many other brands.


The motor is smooth and sweet. probably will run forever, typical Honda.







This example,


Shows a 135lb rider hitting the max size bump with the stock suspension at less than 5mph in Japan?











2013 Honda CRF250L.




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Honda is a sweet looker~




OHLINS OPTION, Great shock and fork products for LESS than you may think!


Above buy the Ohlins S46 shock with Adjustable Compression (reservior) and Rebound that has a divided interenal piston for fade Free performance.


The Ohlins Fork Springs (that are true to lenght and fit correctly/made great) and Ohlins fork caps that let you Equalize Air build up like a Mx/GNCC /Enduro bike.


Add the 20mm 4 port piston and valving kits as needed.






CRF250L_Racetech GS3 shock _Fork Spring Gold Valve

RACE TECH brand-Compare older kits shown above = maybe $1097.00 breaks down like below plus fork kit install labor $200.00? + =$1298.95????

Racetech introduced product about 2013 so earlier, offering a spring added to the one leg that didn’t have one (about $119.95 plus shipping and Oil qt 28.95 x 2) , also a universal 20m fork piston set (about $169.99) and a GS3 shock With REBOUND adjust Only but divided internal piston (about$ 749.99 plus shipping).