Thursday, August 24, 2017

Aussi Matt's question about 2017 WR450F lowering with YamaLink

Matt emailed "Hi, I’m in Australia and have a 2017 WR450F I’d like to lower using your product, but cannot find a distributor? Do you have a distributor over here? If not can you tell me the best way to order?"

Our reply: You can order direct from our website. As for shipping you have two options, both of which are detailed on yamalink.com

Brian's 2005 YZ 250 lowering link question for YamaLink.com

Brian asked "I am looking for a lowering link that will still allow for very aggressive riding. I am 200 lbs., short short inseam, but am also a very full throttle rider. I run road courses in WMRRA, and play hard on dirt as well. Picked up a 05 YZ250 and can’t even throw a freaking leg over it. I do not want to lose performance, especially jump travel. What do you guys have that will work?"

And our answer was: At 200 pounds you need a much heavier spring for an 05 YZ250. It comes sprung for a 160 pound rider. Having said that, the only YamaLink we make for the 05 YZ250 two stroke has too much leverage for a full throttle 200 pound rider. We do NOT recommend it for you.

The RACE YamaLink unfortunately does not fit your 2005. Only 2006 and newer. I know it sounds odd for the seller of a product to not recommend our lowering link, but in our many years of doing this we know 100% that our 1.5 inch lowering kit is too much for your needs. It'd make the YZ wallow, bottom and ride poorly.

Pat's 2006 YZ125 Yamaha lowering question

Pat asks "I just bought an 06 yz 125 and it's pretty tall (more than the 1995 cr125 that was about right). I'm a little older at 56 (195 lbs) and pretty much a novice and a little lower would be nice. Sounds like the #1 link would make the bike feel smoother (plush?) which would be plus as well. However, it looks like this is designed for smaller/younger/lighter riders and I wonder if it would work out for me? Will I be able to get the sag right for me with this link?"

Our reply: Pat, a YZ125 is sprung from the factory for a 145 pound rider. Even WITHOUT a YamaLink you need a much heavier spring to get proper sag at 195 pound rider weight. THEN you add a YamaLink and must go up in spring rate....get a heavier spring either way.

Andy's 2014 YZ250F lowering link, which YamaLink does he have?

Andy writes "I bought a 2014 yz250f that has one of your lowering links installed from the previous owner. Im trying to find out if its the race or the non race link. Im assuming its the length of the link from the center of the pivot points that changes the drop. Could you provide me with any way to tell which one I have? If its the non race I need to order the race one."

Answer: Our YamaLink RACE for the 2014 YZ250F says RACE on the engraved arm. The non-RACE simply reads YamaLink.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rich's 2008 YZ250F lowering YamaLink spring rate

I'm looking in to get 1 lot your lowering link for my 08 yzf 250. I'm a shorter rider at 5'5" with all my gear on I'm at 190lbs do you recommend I change out the spring. I mostly ride trails but I have a friend that has a track that I'm thinking going to ride so do I have to change out the spring. The spring that is on it now is the original stock one. If you let me what I have to do I would appreciate it. RICH

Rich, You need a much heavier spring for your YZ250F BEFORE a YamaLink is installed. The bike is stock sprung for a 155 pound rider. With a YamaLink you should follow the recommendation: Click HERE.

Add 15% to your weight and pick a spring for that final number.

Max's 2016 WR450F YamaLink lowering question, which one?

Hello I need for my bike yamaha wr450 year 2016 a lowering link, which is the difference of her WR Yamaha lowering link race and trail.

Trail lowers rear 1.25 inches.

Race lowers is HALF the amount of Trail.

Nick's 2016 YZ250 lowering YamaLink question

Nick writes "I purchased a lowering link for my yz 250 and currently have it on the stiffest setting for the shock and it is still bottoming. I set up the sag as recommended in your instructions and was just wondering if you have any advice on set up on how to fix this issue? I weigh 190 pounds, not sure if weight factors in to set up.

Nick, Hi. At 190 pounds you are too heavy for a YZ250 even BEFORE a YamaLink is installed. A YZ250 (two stroke I presume since you did not say YZ250F) comes sprung from factory for about 165 pounds. At 190 before gear and before the YamaLink you are too heavy and have too much sag.

The YamaLink extra leverage requires a heavier spring as stated on the website, the FAQ and the included instructions. On the YZ250 order page that you purchased off of it reads "CLICK HERE: IMPORTANT" and that takes you to the FAQ which covers the spring for leverage: Click HERE

Follow the instructions that came with your YamaLink: reset sag + be properly sprung. It's at the very top of the sheet right after the words BEFORE RIDING. Add 15% to 190 pounds and that is your spring rate. If in between spring rates go for the heavier rate.

Let us know if you need more assistance. Thanks!

2018 YZ450F press release from RacerX

Electric start as predicted: Racer X PR

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ben's 2008 WR250F Yamaha lowering question

Ben writes "I have just installed the Yamalink on my 2008 WR250F, I have a question regarding settin the race sag. I weigh 65 kg / 10 stone 2 and I have adjusted the stock spring to give 99mm of race sag which leaves 39mm of static sag. I am guessing as I am a light rider less than 70 kg I will get away with the stock spring?

Do you think this sounds like a good setup or if maybe I should dial in a bit less sag? I have not altered compression / rebound."

That's a great question. Our reply is "Hi. With aftermarket linkages like a YamaLink the STATIC sag number is not relevant like it is with a stock suspension setup.

You just need to get RACE sag in the appropriate range based on spring rate THEN dial in compression and rebound.

At your weight I would recommend leaving the stock spring on. Riders at your weight on that bike dial in race sag anywhere from about 98mm to 102mm. And then they fine tune fork height a millimeter either way AFTER settling on their preferred race sag."

Monday, February 6, 2017

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Husky 701 supermoto lowering link video

Pretty good YouTube vid from Canada with comments on his Husky 701 supermoto Kouba Link: Click HERE

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

YZ250F lowering link able to lower YZ250 two stroke Yamaha?

Rider asks "I have a 2013 YZ250 two stroke and my buddy has a YZ250F RACE YamaLink. Will it fit or can I make it work with minor machining."

Our reply: Absolutely not. Two completely different bikes and no amount of machining will make it fit or work properly.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alan weighs 200 pounds and wants to lower his 2004 YZ450F

I just purchased a 2004 YZ450F. I’m 5’8 and 200lbs with no gear. Can you send me a link for which lowering link I need to buy and also Which spring I need to purchase? Also, how do I lower the front? I want this bike as low as possible. Can I ride with the stock spring for a while? Any advice on setting sag with the stock spring?

Our reply: Absolutely not. That is a total disaster. The stock spring is too soft for 200 pounds and the leverage with the YamaLink makes it exponentially worse. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

John wants to lower a 2005 WR250F, what other parts are required?

John emails from his iphone "Can you send me pics and cost of hardware needs to lower 2005 WR 250F thx."

John, total cost for a 2005 WR250F YamaLink is $160 USD and that includes priority mail delivery in the US. Some riders need a heavier spring due to rider weight + YamaLink leverage. In addition to the information found on the WRF page - "We recommend a 15% heavier spring - unless you're a lightweight - due to extra leverage" - more info can be found HERE.

The 2005 WR250F is sprung from the factory for a 155 pound rider. We do not sell the springs. Dealers or online vendors are the usual sources.