Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 YZ450F suspension

Yamaha YZ suspension reply to 450 rider who weighs 220 pounds and is on the stock springs.....

It is very crucial for your bike's overall handling to have proper spring rates and sag. A range of settings is normal, but if you can't get the rear sag anywhere around 100 to 106mm then it's time to consider different springs. I presume you're riding too far into the progression of the travel which is leading to wallowing, understeering, excessive bottoming and riding more rude on the small bumps, too.

Add a backpack or tool pack, buy heavier boots, etc., all compounds the spring rate issue.

Cranking the spring down will decrease some of the bottoming or wallowing but it is a band-aid remedy; it also will take away race sag and static sag. Not enough static sag and the bike will not settle properly and have a "frantic icy" feel at speed.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lowering Yamaha Suspension and spring rate

From Jon....

"Hi, I weigh 220# fully geared up. Currently I have no problems bottoming out with stock rear spring, sag set at 98MM. Should I try riding with link, after re setting sag, and raising forks, before ordering new stiffer rear spring."

Our reply....

Are you saying at 220 pounds geared up you are NOT bottoming violently with the stock springs? Because you should have TOO MUCH sag and be wallowing/bottoming with stock springs at approx 100mm.

The YamaLink will put about 10% more leverage on the bike. Basically you will weigh 220 + 20 pounds. And that definitely requires a heavier spring (for a 240 pound rider) if you are an aggressive rider.

Friday, December 3, 2010

2011 KTM SXF lowering link Kouba

Two version of the Kouba KTM SX-F lowering links are available. Click HERE

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Buster's Dirt Shop and the YamaLink WR250 suspension linkage

Check out Fountain Valley, California's "Buster's Dirt Shop" by clicking HERE

Thursday, November 25, 2010

YZ250F suspension lowering email of the day (well, it came in yesterday's mail)

Yamaha YZ250F racer Doug writes....I am very happy with the new YamaLink. Oh how I love the return to a plush rear end! The new link is bottoming out perfectly now and the seat height is acceptable for me still being lower than stock. I still can't get over how improved the turning is with both of these links. Thank you again for sending me the ...this one is going to be permanent for this bike.

Yamaha YZ lowering link comment of the day: YamaLink

YamaLink's Thanksgiving Yamaha suspension comment of the day:

I'm a short guy at 5'7" and I probably won't ever be an "A" class rider so having a lowered bike is worth its weight in gold. Confidence on the bike is key as you guys already know...these links are a must have for us short riders.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

YamaLink suspension link shipping

Someone asked "why do we NOT send their Yamaha WR or YZ lowering link via Global Priority at $12.95 instead of the $26.63 Express International."

If you choose Global Priority and your YamaLink is lost WE WILL NOT REFUND YOUR MONEY. REREAD THAT SENTENCE. Delivery can be anywhere from 10 - 21 days, there is NO online tracking & some countries will "lose" your hard earned money and Yamaha suspension link. REPEAT: because we cannot track the YamaLink nor insure it we do NOT send via Global Priority. But if you absolutely want Global Priority let us know & we will refund the Express Mail difference ($26.63 - $12.95). REPEAT: we are not liable for lost Global shipments.

Non-US orders go via International Express at $26.63. Average delivery is 6 days, you get online tracking & it's the most trustworthy option to every country (Canada, Mexico & Italy are notorious for losing packages but NOT with Express because everyone can track it). We have never lost a YamaLink with Express.

Complete YamaLink payment info can be found HERE

Yamaha suspension lowering sag question

From Yamaha YZ rider David.... "How much do shock springs cost?"

Rear shock springs retail about $110. What is your sag setting? If you have wrong springs you more than likely will not be able to achieve the ballpark range of race sag. Too much sag and you are riding too far into the travel's progression, and you have less overall net travel to suspend you for the big hit. And the bike is riding more "rude" at slower speeds because you are so far into the travel that the bike will behave as if you are going faster and/or hitting a much larger object than you really are.

Conversely, too little sag and the rear wheel will skip and dance around on the smaller stuff and that will beat your butt, too, in addition to not getting proper traction and inefficient turning.

Properly sprung. Properly set sag.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

WR450 Yamaha lowering link question of the day

James had a question about his Yamaha WR YamaLink:

"Do I need to grease it after install or after use?"

Reply: James, we send every YamaLink out with molybdenum grease packed, smushed and coated in every bearing. Testing has showed that it's good for a minimum of two years.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yamaha WR250 lowering email of the day

From another Jeff....

It was a snap to put in although everything takes me 3 times as long as I just gotta study everything 6 times over before proceeding. (Would have liked to keep the YamaLink on the coffee table to look at for a week just cause it is so pretty.)

Great instructions included that you can actually read as oppose to so many after market instructions that look like they have been copied 30 times over on a copy machine in Asia. Took the bike for a short spin through the woods after installing the YamaLink and was very pleased. I can highly recommend your YamaLink. Respectfully, Jeff

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yamaha lowering link WR250 suspension and forks

2008 Yamaha WR250F owner Jeff emailed asking for some pointers on his YamaLink and his 250's front forks:

I bought a YamaLink about a month ago and love it! Being able to get my feet down has saved me several times while racing. I have a question that I hope you can offer a little advice. I reset the sag as suggested, to about 3.9” and I can really feel the difference in traction. However, it feels as if the front end is now to light and while powering through corners, it feels as if the front is coming up and I am losing traction in the front. Will raising the forks fix this issue? Any advise would be appreciated.

Our reply: You may be experiencing the borderline of understeer. Slide the fork tubes up a few millimeters. A few mm makes a big difference. One other option is to take a bit of sag out. If you are bottoming more than a few times per ride (a bike should bottom once in a while otherwise it means full travel is not being utilized which means sag or settings are incorrect) or don't need as much plushness, cranking the shock spring down a few turns will put more weight on the front end.

Each complete turn of your Yamaha's shock spring is about 2.5mm. Six mm is a 1/4 inch. Or you could just do the fork sliding up if the rear sag/suspension/feel is exactly how you like it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Firearm Blog

We went to Europe a few weeks ago as part of a Yamaha dealer network visit. While in Venice we took a tour of the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia, and snapped this pic of centuries-old pistols.

CLICK HERE to visit the Firearm Blog

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WR250R WR250X IMS tank Wheeling Cycle Supply

A nice option for those long trips on the WR250R and WR250X. Wheeling Cycle Supply has the new IMS tank:

Click HERE

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yamaha YZ lowering email of the day

From our Yamaha YZ 250 lowering link rider up North.....

Installed your product this weekend. Very nice fit and finish.

Bike was originally set up to run GNCC by a friend of mine - he was lured away from the Yamaha by a KTM with E start so he never really got to race it.

He'd spent a fair amount of effort on the suspension - sent everything off
to LGS for a revalve and respring. He's about 10 lbs lighter than I am and 2 inches longer in the legs.

Installed the Link and the Bike sank out of sight - reset the sag, 30mm
static - 100 race this bounced the bike back up a little but it now fits
great - no more looking for a tree to kickstart or doing the big leanover -
Trail tech kickstand still works fine.

The original set up of the bike although fine for him was beating the hell
out of me - kicking horse rear and washing out fluttery front, constant
struggle to keep from breaking over on tight turns.

The YamaLink took a race suspension set up for fairly hardcore competitive rider and civilized it nicely.

Forks were slid up 8mm - I now have a nice tracking highly compliant woods bike. Front sticks hard and the first to break loose is the rear. I think
I'll be able to improve the rear with a little air pressure drop in the tire
and more prudent throttle control.

All in all, great product - thank you very much.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2006 Yamaha YZ250F lowering link pic of the day

Charles from Florida sent a nice pic of his YamaLink lowered YZ250F.

Yamaha YZ lowering at Big Nasty Hillclimb

This weekend's Big Nasty Hillclimb will see some YamaLink action aboard a multi-time winner's Yamaha YZ450. He wanted to lower his crazy paddle tired monster motor extended swingarm YZ so of course we happily obliged.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yamaha WR250R lowering shipping question

Another non-exciting Yamaha WR lowering link shipping question? Of course (5 riders have asked in the past 2 days so we figured.....).

Question: How much do you charge for overseas shipping, and do you charge extra above and beyond what your carrier charges?

Answer: $26.63 US is the actual cost of express international. It's the fastest
method. We do not charge one extra cent for "handling." Just actual
delivery. We used to ship via the $12 method but it took twice as long, and several packages were "lost" in the hands of curious customs officials who also had a side hobby of selling items that were "lost" in customs. Uh huh.

Express shipping tells overseas customs "hey, at least two people are watching this so don't stick it on your local classified ad or give it as a gift to your cousin MushMush.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yamaha lowering link WR YZ WRF YZF

Thanks to the ham-fisted United States Postal Service destroying a priority mail package containing a Yamaha lowering link for a YZF, we will now be double-wrapping all shipments.

This morning we received what was left of the August 10 shipment - the label only! Took 7 days to notify us....the package should've been delivered 4 days ago.

So now we've attempted to contact the buyer to explain and apologize, and we'll be shipping overnight a new Yamaha YZ F lowering link.

Shipping prices will remain the same.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2009 Yamaha YZ250F lowering spring rate question

Toby rides a 2009 Yamaha YZ250F. He recently purchased the YamaLink 1.5 and wanted to know which spring rate would be required for his 100kg/220 pound weight. Factoring in the YamaLink's 10% extra leverage here is our reply....


100kg is 220 pounds. With the stock spring you are obviously too heavy at 100kg to achieve proper sag which means so far your bike has been squatting too much in the back/understeering/riding rudely on the small bumps. Without a YamaLink you should have a 5.4 or a 5.6 kg spring.

WITH a YamaLink you should be on a 5.8 kg/mm spring to achieve proper sag setup. Repeat - 5.8 kg/mm shock spring.

We added approximately 10% body weight in the spring calculator to compensate for the YamaLink's extra leverage.

Just in case you need a source, sag set-up can be found here

Friday, July 23, 2010

Yamaha lowering link WR250F 2009 question

Sergio asks what a YamaLink will do for his 2009 WR250F. Our reply....

"At your weight of 70kg/155 pounds you will be perfect with the stock Yamaha shock spring.

But the most important part is to reset sag. If you reset sag and slide the fork tubes up in the triple clamps your Yamaha will ride so much better than stock.

Yamahas work best with 1/3 sag of total travel whether you run a YamaLink or a stock setup.

If you do not reset sag or if you are not properly sprung then the bike will be altered in its geometry and not ride well.
We've sold many many YamaLinks over the years, and the key is proper set up. It's simple to do, and a YamaLink will increase traction, lower the seat height, add plushness and turn better."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Yamaha WR 250 lowering post of the day

Too funny. Someone called us - and long story short - said the grease zerks we put in every YamaLink was not necessary because the factory bearings don't need one. Oh really? Factory bearings don't get dry? Have you torn apart a brand new bike? 99% of the time it is bone dry, no grease. And don't even tear apart a used bike. Better have something to catch the needle bearings that fall out in a big pile of dust.

We asked who told them a grease zerk was not needed. Guess who. A bike accessories company in California that does NOT have a convenient grease zerk in any of their products. YamaLink takes the time to put in a grease zerk. Our machinist has to drill it, tap it, we go buy the zerk and install the part.

There's more: We know for a fact the company that told the caller the false info has a lowering link (they were charging $225 until they realized that was a crazy price) that doesn't do what their ads promise: they claim 1 inch lowering. We measured. It's .25 inches. And still no grease zerk.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

YamaLink WR250R lowering:

A very, very nice writeup with pictures from on installing a WR250R YamaLink. Simple to follow and puts it in a way that everyone can understand without getting lost:

Click HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yamaha WR250F lowering link question of the day

It's been the question of the week, actually.

"What sort of grease comes with each YamaLink, and how often should I use the grease zerks?"

We pack each and every YamaLink bearing with a sticky black molybdenum grease. So far it seems the grease lasts at least two years.....if you don't ride with water coming over your swingarm often.

A few years down the road just squirt some grease into the YamaLink's grease zerk. Some riders choose to loosen the nut(s) to allow the grease to come out of the seal a bit easier. If you do this remember to properly retorque the lowering link bolt & nut.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 Yamaha lowering question of the day

Question from Dan about 2010 YZ450: My only issue with the bike is under hard braking in sharp braking bumps I get some pretty crazy front end chatter. At first I figured my forks just weren't set up properly, but I have tuned them in my with suspension guy and they work awesome everywhere. I also have a problem with the front wheel feeling like it's going to knife at any time in gradual turns or at the entry to a sharper turn. I am pretty good at setting my bikes up but this one baffles me.

Our reply: Dan, okay, let's start from the beginning. Pretend you did not tell me that you were good at setting bikes up nor a suspension shop helped (and was good too), but you said the exact same things about your 2010 450's handling.

I would say your rebound is either way too fast or way too slow up front.
I would also tell you to look at rear sag settings; it could be not enough which causes the rear to stinkbug and the front end to dive.

But reality dictates you have a bike that handles sweet everywhere else. So......

How much do you weigh before gear and what is your rear sag set at?
Is the valving completely stock or did a shop go through it?

Lemme know so I can make a better guess. Privateer mx experts and pros around the world install the YamaLink Race, reset sag to 100mm, slide the fork tubes up about 3mm and then report back how frickin' fantastic their 2010 is. Kind of caught us by surprise. Each one reports the bike doesn't stinkbug on hard braking into turns, the bike stays lower on face of jumps and the rear end just eats up ruts and square edge under acceleration. Stable + turns like a scared cat at slow to medium speeds. I'm not that fast, and these riders do not know each other so to have the same comments come back must mean something. And their lap times drop a few seconds.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Yamaha lowering link: 2011 YZ250 and YZ450F

Yamaha Canada has a pic or two on the 2011 YZ250F and YZ450F: CLICK HERE.

Monday, May 17, 2010

WR250 lowering answers, lots of them

YamaLink WR 250 lowering riders for the R ask "what's a good site to learn about the possible mods" and we always point them to Rick Ramsey's very detailed yet easy to understand website. It's also very useful for WR250X owners.

Click HERE to visit.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

WR lowering Thumper Talk review

ThumperTalk member Feckless posted his review of the Yamaha WRF YamaLink:

Click HERE

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yamaha WR250 lowering & Motorcyclist Magazine

Motorcyclist Magazine did a little review of the Yamaha WR250X YamaLink: Click HERE

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kouba Link KTM 690 lowering

Yeah! We now carry the Kouba Link for the 690 SMC, Enduro R and R.

Click HERE.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2011 Yamaha YZ 125....maybe

From Click HERE

Yamaha 125 250 426 450 lowering link: SET SAG!

Whether you're using a Yamaha WR or YZ lowering link, you're old, short, fat, tall, slow, a National-caliber pro or run a completely stock Yamaha suspension setup, the #1 most important part of bike setup and suspension is setting sag, but we'd estimate at least 75% of riders have no idea how or why.

Here is a fantastic and easy to understand site on setting sag from Too Tech Racing:


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yamaha lowering link for the TTR

YamaLink question of the day: I just purchased a 2007 Yamaha TTR230 for my wife and it is a bit tall for her. I was told by others that we could not get a lowering link for it because of the clearance on the swing arm . I just wanted to verify that your lowering link for this bike will work. Please advise.

Our reply: Hi. You may have been told "there is no TTR 230 lowering link" because we only came out with our TTR YamaLink within the year. But here it is:

Comes with bearings and seals, and easy-to-understand installation instructions and recommendations for both front and rear.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yamaha WR250 lowering link post of the day

A WR250F rider asked us for some tips on settings and spring rate. He has a 2009 model, is coming off a long break from riding and weighs in at a muscular 250 pounds. Our suggestions....

"At 250 pounds you need heavier springs even without the YamaLink. I'll try to break it down in simple terms.

Your bike has approximately 12 inches of rear travel. It needs the proper amount of sag which is 1/3 of that 12 inches: your bike needs 4 inches of sag for the rear suspension to get efficient traction, maintain wheel contact with the ground and have enough travel left to suspend you and the bike for the big hits.

Too much sag and the rear end squats, the bike understeers up front and actually rides harsher on the small stuff while leaving you with LESS travel to suspend the big bumps. The bike will wallow and you will bottom hard!

Not enough sag and the rear wheel gets bad traction and the rear wheel skips and hops....and the rear of the bike is also too tall.

That is why the proper spring rate is crucial, even moreso with a YamaLink. Why? The YamaLink has an increased leverage ratio which not only helps lower the rear of your WRF but it makes it more plush, get better traction, turn better, etc. It also makes the suspension go through its travel easier meaning easier bottoming.

With the stock bike setup at your 250 pounds (according to Race Tech site: you need a 5.52 kg/mm spring. Stock is 4.7 kg/mm. I'd recommend the 5.6 kg/mm rear spring with a YamaLink."

Monday, April 12, 2010

WR (WRF) Yamaha lowering question

Question: If you have any tips regarding the sag/setup that would be great. I mainly do slow rocky trail riding in the mountains. I weigh 160 without gear, closer to 180with everything on. I'm 5'8".

Our reply: At your weight I'd start out with a sag setting of 3.5 inches; it takes away from the 1.75" lowering at full 4 inch sag, but you'll still have excellent plushness and small bump absorption for rocks and roots without any excessive bottoming or wallow. Then raise the forks UP in the triple clamps about 4 to 6 mm (6mm is .25 inches) and fine tune based on riding style and local terrain.

If you find the 3.5 inches of sag works great then put in 3.75 inches of sag. You'll get an extra quarter inch lowering while making the bike more plush....yet some more aggressive riders may find it too soft. I bet you stay at 3.5 inches; I'm your weight and that's what I run.

Yamaha WR250 lowering comment of the day

A WR250 rider from Pennsylvania just sent his input on his new YamaLink:

Thanks for the phone assist. I settled on about 3 1/8-3 1/4 inch sag. The chain adjustment from before the link change worked out as is, but I am very particular about chain maintenance, so it is kept track of. (I have been through three rear tires and two fronts on my road bike, and have finally needed to adjust the chain the first time after 9.5K miles. I treat the WR the same way.)

Results: I took a "lap" on my favorite woods roads and some rough stuff where I already know how the bike handled before. It is an entirely different motorcycle with the link and suspension changes. Strangely, the seat even feels better, but I may just be getting numb. It happens to old goats.

Next up is a gearing and tire change, with a speedo recalibrator.

I would endorse your product to anyone. Your product and service are outstanding. I've been a rider since the late 60's and I know quality when I find it. Keep up the good work. If anything else I get needs a link, you'll be getting a call.

Thanks again.

Monday, April 5, 2010

2010 YZ450F YamaLink Race in AMA Outdoors

There will be two Yamaha YZ450F racers in the 2010 AMA Outdoors Series with the YamaLink Race suspension link. Both ride for Yamaha factory support teams.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yamaha WR250R lowering YamaLink forum post

A question about the WR250R YamaLink was posted at the WRR/X forum: HERE

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yamaha TTR lowering question of the day

From Jon...

"I just got the bike for my wife. It's a 2009 ttr230 and
the seat height is at about 34". She is 5'4" 130 lbs, and has an inseam of 30". Looks like your link will help with height and sag but I'm wondering what else I can do to drop the bike for her a bit more. So she can get both feet on the ground."

Our reply:

You'll want to raise the fork tubes UP in the triple clamps. The installation instructions will tell you how much; it's pretty simple to do.

The YamaLink's 1.5 inches is the most you should lower the rear if you want a balanced and even handling TTR230. After you raise the fork tubes up your wife will tell you if the bike is too slow turning or if it headshakes at speed. A few millimeters this way or that makes a big difference. There is no 1:1 lowering ratio of front vs rear because changes to rake/trail (the forks) affects your wife's TTR geometry at a different rate than changes to the rear lowering.

Some may tell you "ah, put more sag in the rear and your feet will be closer." Wrong idea. Yes, it's closer to the ground but you are using up too much net travel (total travel minus sag) and the bike will ride too harsh as the increased sag puts the leverage further into the shock's progression.

So install the YamaLink. Set sag. Raise forks up.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yamaha WR lowering: From Montana to Dakar

Received an order/email from a Montana-based rider looking to lower his Yamaha WRF, and eventually take the WR to Dakar. That got us to thinking about the trip and all the extra weight.

With a YamaLink the first and most important part is resetting sag. The increased leverage ratio does a few things: better traction, more plushness, better cornering....and also makes the rear wheel travel through its arc easier thus leading to easier bottoming.

That's why the resetting of sag and being properly sprung for rider weight + gear is so crucial. Ninety nine percent of our customers have a great handling bike that is stable but turns great and corners like a dream. Those who have issues do NOT know how to set sag or set up a bike (or follow directions, ha).

And then you throw in extra gas and water and tools to make it cross that desert. When you get the YamaLink, follow the instructions for resetting sag and dialing the bike in. If you're on the border of needing a heavier spring with the stock setup you will definitely need one with the YamaLink's increased leverage. I'd say this "border" is for riders around 175 to 180 pounds before gear. Most are going one up one or two spring rates. But if you are a lightweight rider then this should be no concern with the stock setup.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2010 YZF Yamaha lowering link (adjustable?)

We received a phone call from a curious 2010 YZF owner about our upcoming YamaLink 2010 YZF lowering link. Long story short, he asked if our new model was going to be a rocker or a connecting rod and if it was going to be adjustable.

Adjustable lowering links are not new. A few companies build them for other makes of off-road bikes. Adjustable lowering links, for the most part, are a solution to a problem that never existed. Why?

a) Cost is usually more to build than a straight-forward Yamaha lowering link.
b) We found through prototype YamaLinks that people just want one amount of lowering so they can set up their bike based on that lowering amount. They either want a lot of lowering or just a little lowering. Which leads us to...

c) A tall rider who buys a YamaLink with just one inch lowering is not looking for MORE lowering later. They are usually a faster and tall rider in search of a little more leverage to plush out the high-speed chop. They know exactly how much leverage and lowering they want for NOW and forever.

c.1) A short rider who buys a YamaLink with 1.5 to 1.75 inches lowering is not looking for LESS lowering later. It's not like they are going to get taller or say "hey, the ground is too easy to touch, let's make this harder, again."

Okay, okay, we know some parents may buy a YamaLink for a child who is growing. During testing of our prototype adjustable lowering links - GASP, yes, we built a few adjustable 2010 Yamaha lowering links - the kids and parents told us they would more than likely use the most lowering level and then NOT use a lowering link as the child got taller. What about the option to use a 1 inch Race link? Seems only "grown-up" tall and fast racers want that, not the tall and not-so-blazing-fast rider who is going through a gradual growth phase. They either want the full 1.5 (or 1.75 inch) lowering or nothing at all.

If you truly want an adjustable 2010 YZF lowering link I'm sure we can go back to the prototype bin and fish one out for you. It will cost more, and we're 99% sure you'll end up using just one lowering amount and being happy with that. In the meanwhile we'll stick to our tried and true Yamaha YZ-F lowering link until told otherwise.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Yamaha WR lowering link review

We think Oregon rider and ThumperTalk contributor PlushPuppy's YamaLink Yamaha WR250F review is a great resource.

Click HERE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yamaha WR lowering suspension email of the day

This comes from WRF rider Graham....

What can I say? First of all superb service.... thank you! Fast delivery, well packaged and no hassle with import tax!! In fact it arrived before I'd managed to pick up my new WR250.

Secondly, a quality bit of kit and very easy to fit with your instructions. Finally I reset the sag and made the other adjustments you recommended as it was way too "plush". On the road it feels great and I'll be out in the dirt tomorrow, weather permiting. Most importantly I can feel that it will allow me to be boss of the bike when I get into those nadgery foot-down scenarios(just like I can at the
minute with my old technology CRF230) I'll recommend you to all "vertically challenged"(or short-arsed) riders I talk to.

Cheers and thanks again

Our reply...

You're welcome. Glad to hear you reset sag and took the time to dial it in. Some riders not looking for full 1.75 inches of lowering are taking sag out. Yes, it decreases laden seat height and static sag, but with a lowering link it doesn't matter. It's totally personalized. If you are on the border of needing a heavier spring rate for your weight before the YamaLink you may consider going up to a stiffer spring depending on weight with gear and riding ability. You'll know if the WRF bottoms too easily even after setting sag and changing compression and rebound. Your bike should be able to corner and ride aggressively (don't forget to adjust
front fork height to your liking) without any wallowing. Glad all is well with the delivery. Please do not hesitate in letting us know if we can be of further assistance in any way for you or your friends.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2007 YZ250F Yamaha lowering link question

From Dave regarding the YamaLink YZF lowering....

Hi Dan,
I bought the link for my wife who rides every week at one of the tracks
near Temecula. She is worried that the link will give her bike, 2007
YZ250F, a chopper-like feel. Can you comment on this issue?
Thanks, Dave.

YamaLink's reply...



The chopper feel is what happens when you do NOT reset sag and when you do
NOT slide the fork tubes up in the clamps. Both the reset of sag and fork
raising are covered in the instructions. Simple to do. We have many, many,
many YZF riders who have a great turning and stable bike that is also
lowered. Just have to follow the instructions.

If you need assistance with either the rear sag resetting or front fork
raising please call or email, and I will walk you through it.

No choppers allowed!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

ThumperTalk YZ lowering review YamaLink

From ThumperTalk member ibmfxpro on his YZF lowering YamaLink review:


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yamaha YZ lowering question of the day

From Tony....

My Yamalink will be going on my 2001 yz250f with stock suspension. I weigh around 165lbs with all my gear on. Is there any special setup needed for this particular bike or should I just follow your general install and SAG setups??

Our reply...


The written installation instructions will basically say "install YamaLink,
reset sag (you have two options for maximum lowering or more aggressive
riding), dial in rebound or compression to personal preference and slide the
fork tubes up at a starting point of about 4mm."

It's a simple step by step. Your weight is spot on without needing a heavier
spring. Yamahas are sprung for about 180-185 pound maximum rider; the YamaLink has an increased leverage ratio so if a rider was on the border of needing a heavier spring with the stock setup they'd most definitely need one with the YamaLink. But setting sag is the #1 most important thing you do a bike whether stock or with a YamaLink.

Yamaha WR lowering question of the day

From Steven....

Hi, My name is Steven and I'm completely new to enduro/trail riding. I've just bought a Yamaha WR250R and find its to tall even with a lowered seat. Been looking at your product and have a couple of questions.

1. Does it effect the ground clearance of the bike
2. Will I need to lower the forks to compensate
3. Is it easy to set the bike up once fitted ie, sag etc.
4. If I dropped the bike by the 1" method as described can I still fit the yamalink to get it lower

As I say I'm completely new to riding off road bikes and need as much info as possible.

Our reply...

Good morning. Okay, let's get you some answers.

1: The ground clearance is minimal. The YamaLink lowers the rear about 1 inch.

2: I'd say 99% of YamaLink users follow our fork raising guideline of 10mm (included in the written instructions) and then you adjust a little this way or that way based on personal preference and riding style and terrain.

3: We've been told it's pretty darn easy to set the bike up. The instructions were written for someone with minimal mechanical experience yet didn't dummy it down for a seasoned mechanic. And we are always here to help via phone or email.

4: The stock 1 inch lowering (via the lower shock mount/clevis) is totally independent of the YamaLink. You can do either or both.

Hope this helps. Please do not hesitate contacting us with any other questions.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Yamaha forum

Little Squirt from posted about a new forum dedicated to the WR250X. Click HERE to visit

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

PlushPuppy's WR lowering link report

PlushPuppy's super detailed Yamaha WR lowering link report: HERE

Yamaha WR lower link report ThumperTalk

First 2010 YamaLink Yamaha Lower Link Report at ThumperTalk: HERE