1. Does the stock shock lowering mechanism do the same thing as the yammalink or are they doing different things to the geometry? How do they interact with each other?
2. If someone only lowered 1 inch with the yamalink, but left the stock shock at its highest, would the front still need to be lowered?
3. If the bike feels good with yamalink, but no front end lowering, is there any damage or mechanical wear that takes place, is it dangerous or is it strictly a "feel" thing?
The stock lowering is purely lowering. The YamaLink is lowering + increased
leverage which makes the bike handle much better on the braking bumps,
acceleration bumps and square edge.
Lowering the front end with a YamaLink-only, with the stock lowering only or
with the YamaLink + stock lowering is purely personal. Not lowering the
front end would cause it to understeer a bit, a chopper effect.
No damage takes place. It is purely a feel thing, yes. What feels good to one rider may feel "odd" to another. We recommend sliding the fork tubes UP at a starting point of 12mm (.5 inches) and the rider adjusts up or down a few millimeters based on how he/she likes their bike to feel.