OK, thanks guys. The idea on just replacing the springs makes sense (if I was deep in the jungle I might just stretch the old ones a little 8-), but while I am in there in a sheltered motorcycle shop, I might as well replace the plates. But, should I also replace the metal plates? Seems to me they would wear far less than the fiber ones.
Final question: This bike was sold as an '89. It was made for Swiss import, so has a funny model number, XT600Z. I assume the Z is equal to an E, except for whatever Swiss TUV requirements the Swiss guys had. The VIN, starts with #DS and ends with *** 559. Is this really an '89? Anybody smart enough to figure this out?
Dr. Gregory W. Frazier
Professional Motorcycle Adventurer/Indian Motorcycle Racer