lowering the wr450

36 replies to this topic
  • eastcoastguy

Posted March 29, 2004 - 02:28 PM


any suggestions, someone must make a lowering strut or something for the rear.

  • alan250f

Posted March 29, 2004 - 03:00 PM


I assume you have set the sag already?

  • JVP

Posted March 29, 2004 - 05:32 PM


I want to lower mine about 1 inch in seat height. I thought about getting a longer set of dog bones. Does anyone make an after market part. I checked with Tye Davis and Pro-Circuit with negative results. Any suggestions.

  • yamaharichey

Posted March 29, 2004 - 06:08 PM


Obviously you guys have not been keeping up on this forum, check on page 10 and you will see a post from Jim-Bo that Zipty Racing is coming out with a lowering link in a couple of weeks. Your welcome.

  • Jim_bo

Posted March 29, 2004 - 07:37 PM


Yup... that was me. They said they have licked the WR lowering problem and the links should be out in a couple weeks. I am really interested to find out if they really work. I have my fingers crossed.


  • simon@vic

Posted March 29, 2004 - 07:57 PM


you guys ever try wooden blocks on the bottom of your boots? :) :D :D :D :D heheh.

I'm not a tall or big guy at all and i have no problem tossing and riding the wr.

how tall are the guys who buy lowering links?

  • eastcoastguy

Posted March 30, 2004 - 02:18 AM



  • JVP

Posted March 30, 2004 - 07:55 AM


5'10" on a good day.

  • Moon

Posted March 30, 2004 - 02:23 PM


Kuba link gave up trying to make a lowering link. I am eagerly waiting on what ZipTy comes out with. You can raise the front forks a bit in the triple clamp but not much. Of course, every little bit helps. Mine is that way. Don't soften the sag too much beyond recommendation. Otherwise you really sacrifice your suspension plushness and balance.

  • simon@vic

Posted March 30, 2004 - 05:17 PM


im 5 10, i have no problems and i ride it liek a trails bike
:). but i guess i have been riding full sized bike since i was 17 {5'4" on a 1996 kx250}. :D

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  • Jim_bo

Posted March 30, 2004 - 06:39 PM


I am 6', but the height makes it difficult to deal with the technical stuff and the steep hills....


  • simon@vic

Posted March 30, 2004 - 08:10 PM


03 WR450F
04 KX250F
03 Polaris Trailblazer
99 Polaris Sport 400

nice set of toys :)

  • yamaharichey

Posted April 02, 2004 - 06:53 AM


Right Jim-Bo, I don't think its all about how tall you are, I'am 5'11" so the height is o.k. for me, I want to do it because I think it will help the over all handling by lowering the center of gravity. We all know these WR's feel a little top heavy so I think lowering the bike should help.


Posted April 05, 2004 - 06:21 AM


Back in 2000 I had bought a new YZ426 that was to be used in both woods and track. I am 5'8" at 200lbs(so I am not feeling a bit sorry for any of you whiners). I sent my suspension to Jeremy Wilkey at MX-Tech and he lowered it 3"'s without any cutting and I only bottomed out once trying to jump a double(which I didn't successfully accomplish). I would imagine that at the rate technology increases that there are myriad options available from a myriad companies. I will say though that Jeremy is a great guy to work with and is extremely knowledgeable.

After a while I became a lot more confident in myself and the bike and raised it back to normal height.

Just my 2 1/2 cents.

  • Treebark

Posted April 05, 2004 - 10:10 AM


5'5 1/2" Keep the throttle open and your feet up make own trail if to tight then use a tree to lean on when need to stop. :)

  • Jim_bo

Posted April 18, 2004 - 05:10 PM


So.... has anyone heard anything about the Zipty lowering link yet??


  • yamaharichey

Posted April 19, 2004 - 07:42 AM


I just called Zip ty. Mitch said he was told it was still 2 or 3 weeks out. I asked him if it was just one link that replaced an exsisting link and how much it would lower it, but he didn't know anything about it. thought it would be about the same price as their Magic Link and thats about $185.00

  • Jim_bo

Posted April 19, 2004 - 02:14 PM


Wow... I called them 2 or 3 weeks ago and they told me the same thing... it would be ready in 2 or 3 weeks!

I wonder if it will ever happen.


  • WR321

Posted April 19, 2004 - 04:14 PM


I am 5'7" with a 30" inseam and ride mostly tight trails. My wr450 always felt too tall for me. I was seriously considering getting rid of it for a lower bike (KTM) but figured I would give professional lowering a try before I took such a big loss. So a couple of weeks ago I took my suspension to Devol (http://www.devolraci.../suspension.htm) to get it lowered 2", revalved, and setup for my weight.

What a difference, it is a new bike. The top heavy feeling is gone and it corners remarkably better. I am amazed a the difference this made to the ride. They did a super job; I wish I had done it last year. It wasn't cheap but it was well worth the money. I am extremely pleased with the result and will definitely be keeping the bike for awhile. If you are frustrated with the height it is well worth looking into. All I have to do now is shorten the kickstand.

  • dirtbiker143

Posted August 24, 2004 - 01:42 AM


What did Devol do to your suspension to lower it two inches?What was the total cost for lowering and revalving? Did you bring-in your bike or did you send him your shocks?


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