Endorsement for the Yamalink


7 replies to this topic
  • Humunn

Posted July 17, 2008 - 05:15 AM

#1

Hey guys,

I'm 5-9 (well, almost) and ride an 07 450. The bike is great for me EXCEPT when it's tip over time in the tight technical stuff, or even just trying to make a low speed crawling turn. 99% of my get offs are in first gear turning around on a narrow trail.

A more inseam challenged friend of mine recently turned his KTM 450 into a low rider by having the suspension internals modified to accomodate not only his stature (5-6) but his weight (135 soaking wet). I sat on his bike, planted both feet on the ground, and new I finally had to do something about the seat height on my bike.

I had 3 options: cut the seat, have the suspension professionally lowered, or install a lowering link. A couple guys on the forum steered me away from lowering the seat. I've done this for my son's bike and have seen others do it to their 450 and I just felt it would cramp me up in the cockpit and wouldn't achieve the results I was looking for. Didn't want to spend 600 plus to have my entire suspension redone - the suspension capability on the 450 is within my weight range, it was just the height of the bike.

Dan sent me the Yamalink and it was a snap to install. Ten minutes for someone who knows what they are doing, 20 minutes for me. His instructions were very thorough. I reset the sag, adjusted the rear compression and rebound, and raised the front forks a bit also. Took the bike on a two day ride last weekend and would say it is about 80% there. I need to tweak the suspension a bit more to completely dial it in.

Two comments:

1. I LOVE getting my feet on the ground!

2. The customer service from Dan is top notch. He's sent me emails explaining exactly how all this works and because I don't understand the engineering mumbo jumbo (hey, I'm an accountant) he dumbs it down for me. He's also spent a lot of time on the phone as well. AND he always seems available. Wow!

Okay, #3. Before talking to Dan I didn't have a real sound understanding of the dynamics of the suspension and how it all works together, but he's walked me through it so many times now that I think I finally got it...but if not I'm sure he'll explain it again.

Nice job, Dan! Great product and even better customer service!

Greg

  • jim-in-so-ore

Posted July 17, 2008 - 05:55 AM

#2

I have the lowering link from Mountain Motorsports.biz. What are the diferences between the two?:thumbsup: Mine also got both feet on the ground and it gives me a more secure feeling should I need to "dab".
Jim

  • wartsnuff

Posted July 17, 2008 - 06:10 AM

#3

i would only lower the bike, if you had to for legal purpose's

i am only 5'6" tall and i would not consider lowering my 08 wr450....

good luck

cheers
Warts

  • drtbk4ever

Posted July 17, 2008 - 08:25 AM

#4

i would only lower the bike, if you had to for legal purpose's

i am only 5'6" tall and i would not consider lowering my 08 wr450....

good luck

cheers
Warts



Hey Warts,

With some of the riding I do it is much more important to be able to get your feet on the ground rather than ground clearance. I can take you places where you wish you could touch the ground. As I am sure we can find places where ground clearance matters.

It all depends on the riding you do.

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  • YamaLink

Posted July 17, 2008 - 04:42 PM

#5

Thanks, Greg. I think we put the online video installation up after your order.

A TT member owns Monkey Flip Productions, and they produced our WR-F and WR-X/R install videos. The WRF is pretty straightforward but we wanted continuity in our written and video installs...and since Steve is a TT member we felt good giving him our business. I highly recommend Monkey Flip Productions if anyone has the need for a professional video.

I know your riding time is limited, but feel free to call us at work or email us at anytime to get it spot-on! Heck, I'll give you my cell phone should you find yourself in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday and need input! :thumbsup:

Dan

  • Humunn

Posted July 27, 2008 - 06:15 AM

#6

I have the lowering link from Mountain Motorsports.biz. What are the diferences between the two?:ride: Mine also got both feet on the ground and it gives me a more secure feeling should I need to "dab".
Jim


Not sure Jim. You might ask Dan at Yamalink. But you are right, the added security of being able to stick a foot down is great. About 95% of my get offs are at stops or very slow turns in the sand where I get high sided. I noticed I lose a tad of suspension (well, not really suspension but rather distance between the rear tire and fender) but a minor trade off for sure.

Greg

  • Zadok

Posted July 27, 2008 - 06:22 AM

#7

Im considering the Yamalink for reasons other than lowering. More
because of better handling and reaction from the rear end.
If I decide to go with the set up, I will actually raise the
stock adjustment, and after install of the Yamalink there should
be very little height difference from stock......or at least thats
what I have been told, and am expecting.

I just need to make a final decision on how important this upgrade
is for my riding style and ability.

  • warden415

Posted November 30, 2008 - 01:52 PM

#8

I just bought the yamalink for a 2003 wr450. Arrived very quickly and looks like it is very well made. It bolted right up and only took about 15 minutes. Made a few shock adjustments and raised the forks. Just went for a short ride around the yard so I haven't had a chance to see how it affects handling but so far I like what I have seen, Steve




 
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