Wes Woodin

12-16 Yz 450f Best handler

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Im going to buy my first used 450 YZINGER Ive had many, however I've never had a FI model. My plan was to buy a clean used 450 and put the GYTR head and cam on it. My question is which YZ out of the FI models handle best?

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I think 14 and 15's are better then 10-13, but all of them good. I would save the money on the head, inspect top and bottom end then if all checks out spend that on suspension and chassis mods

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The 14-16 should be your go to model. Make sure you thoroughly ride your YZ prior to adding GYTR head and cams. The bikes rip even without the GYTR head and cams.

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Yeah, 57 HP is usually enough for most folks without dropping another dime on it.

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The bike is plenty powerful.  Unless you weigh 300#, you won't be needing more power out of it.  Adding any more compression or aggressive settings with different piston/head will only reduce the longevity of the motor.

 

The '15 was pretty much the optimum year for handling in my opinion.  I think they took a step backwards in 16 with the handling (triple clamp offset).  Seems to be a much narrower range of sag settings and fork heights that work well with the new model.

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The bike is plenty powerful. Unless you weigh 300#, you won't be needing more power out of it. Adding any more compression or aggressive settings with different piston/head will only reduce the longevity of the motor.

The '15 was pretty much the optimum year for handling in my opinion. I think they took a step backwards in 16 with the handling (triple clamp offset). Seems to be a much narrower range of sag settings and fork heights that work well with the new model.

I got the 16, 100mm sag, forks up 5mm. I just came off an 08 crf450r and this bike handles much much better stock. I had a bit of money in the honda suspension and thought it was the best but then I got the yz and after setting the bars in the forward holes but back in clamps, I got comfortable quick. The thing is a rocketship, I will keep my bike bone stock.

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Ok brethren all I know is for the 10-13 gen models 100 mm of sag is huge.

I just put on a 5.9 factory connection spring vs stock and was able to get my beloved 100 mm of sag and WOW !

Do yourselves a favor with the best stock suspension period and set your sag proper.

It made my front end more planted after and it's the little things that make a huge difference

Springs are easy to change out so set your race sag and you will love it even more

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