Boy, for someone who seems to know anything you sure are wrong on alot of points. As I have the article here in front of me, as if you read to the last paragraphs, they said and I quote " for rider who absolutely hate the YZ450F tendency to push in the center of the corner, the 17MM clamps are the viable option. " They later say "this is the offset we would recommend to the YZ450F haters". Boy they must really hat ethem to recommend them. They like the applied clamps but they stated that the benefits were small emough to be erased by bad bike set up, and to expensive for the difference.
Second of all, the Zipty Clamps are only $499.00 look on the web site.
Third, who makes doug dubach a god. Isn't he the one who developed the 450 that handles so badly. I would put Ty davis record to dubach any day. For a guy who has more AMA titles, Baja Wins, WORCS Championships, GNCC CHampionships than all the racers out there, and dubach has how many?
But to each his own, you like what you like, but would really like to know who's 17MM clamps you tried, as no other company makes them other than Zipty. Just don't rip things apart that you know nothing about.
Now Steve, you know I am a big supporter of Zipty Racing as you helped me out(knowledge, on the Carb mod kits) and taken my hard earned cash on several occasions....but admit it, you are a Honda pilot and when it comes to the reality of what us normal Yamaha owners that have no chance in hell of riding up to the standards of your man Ty at ZT, and or Doug at DRD for that matter, maybe a majority would not even notice a need for clamps on any bike for that matter. I am sure Ty luvs his 17mm clamps just as RC luvs his crazy bike set up. But what this means to us commoners is that what works for them may totally sux for us. According to the MXA article, The 17mm help with push in the center of a turn....ok....well I want help with push throughout the entire turn...and this is what the 24mm fixed for me. And YZ haters should sell their bikes before they even spend any money on fixing them IMO.....and you know what ...I do not care what MXA opinions are....they are flakey as hell any way on most every opinion they publish...The article was interesting never the less....especially if you own a 07.
My real world experiences with 06s and clamp offsets..and this took a while to accomplish....this is why my 06 just got clamps within the past 90days.
I rode another yami with the ZT 17mm clamp kit before I made a decision to even swap out clamps on my 06. I also tried the 22mm RG3s and 24s by RideEng and Applied all on yami 450s. For me and my ability the 24s made the biggest improvements on my 06. They help me go faster across the entire turn, as well as entrance and exiting apexes w/o any push. That article you so elloquently quoted is for the 07...agreed not that much difference between a 06/07 but still facts are facts and the 07 is not the exact bike as the 06. So I appologize for coming across a little cocky, and with inflated pricing, (although I thought I read that they were more than 499.00 on ZTs website when they first came out), but this whole clamp issue has been the subject of many thread debates for months on end. I do not think that there is a single best solution for everyone, but I do know that the best solution for me is now on my 06 yami. And it is 24mm....
Now to your point of Ty vs Doug......Records yea...ok, They both have records....but I would put money on Doug taking Ty in a motocross race. I would say it would be a darn close race. Ty is a great rider....but Doug is quick....he blistered at Lorettas. And it would be fun to watch....
To your point on Doug and his bad development skills.....not a good place to make this kind of statement....yea Doug is kinda King around here when it comes to yamaha, and some here may think of this as fighting words...excuse my Southern lingo...for a @$$ kickin.
Both Ty and Doug are yami kings to me....who is better at development?
We all know Doug is probably somewhat on Yamis payroll, but I would say Ty also influences Yami too...fair is fair right....
And by the way Sir Steven, ....as a endorser to ZipTy's Carb Mod(best 100.00 bucks anyone can spend to wake up any FCR)and the fact that I have helped sell at least 10 of these or more right here....and since I am not on the ZipoTy payroll....and my 2 carbs don't have the trick billet AP pump bracket.....you should send me a free gift.
cheers...all in fun my friend