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brash

Adjusting fork compression with handlebars in the forward position.

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Have just got myself a 2014 yz450f after years of riding Hondas and wondering why I didn't go blue sooner.

However I had my first wtf moment with this bike today. Out at the track it was really square edge and some big braking bumps so planned to take a couple of clicks out of the compression and quicky realised a flat head does not fit with the handlebars in the forward offset position.

I'm not going to take the bars off every time I want to adjust the compression of the fork. So what are people using to get around this? I was thinking a small 1/4 inch drive head welded to a thin 1/4 inch ring spanner would do the trick. Or is there an off the shelf product that achieves the same outcome?

Other than this small problem the bike is a beast. First bike I've had where I've wanted to take power out of it (ordered the gytr tuner tool)

Thanks.

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Just spin the outer tubes around so the clicker is in an accessible spot.

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Pretty sure clicker right in the middle.

Ha ha....of course you are right.  When I saw Cowboys reply my brain was thinking of the bleed screw.

 

To the OP, here are pics of my adjuster on my '14.  I have 1-1/8" bars, in the forward position, and I have no issue putting a screwdriver into the clicker.  Got pics of yours??

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xm1gho6vx6w7gs2/File%20Jul%2019%2C%2010%2050%2006%20AM.jpeg?dl=0

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pkil43vrkm44rbj/File%20Jul%2019%2C%2010%2049%2034%20AM.jpeg?dl=0

 

And yes my bike is dirty, got home late Sunday night from riding and haven't had time to wash it yet.  :)

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Pretty sure clicker right in the middle.

 

You're right, I was thinking bleeder.  I usually pack a really long screwdriver in my pack with me, never had an issue adjusting the clicker but you do have to angle it a bit and take care not to let it slip out.

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Surely your bars aren't bent....

 

Two places on each side, actually.  The "Windham Bend", they call it. :smirk:

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Funny that, I'm running the Renthal 998 which if memory serves correct is the windham/reed bend haha.

 

Bars are definitely not bent, just put these bars on after selling my Honda , this bike hasn't done any cartwheels yet (knocks wood)

 

I've ordered the Race Tech tool. Most expensive screwdriver I've ever bought but oh well.

 

This bike is a beast, the more I ride it the more I'm loving it. Although I am finding this bike beats me up faster. Just hanging on for dear life late in a moto.

 

Really excited to try this GYTR tuner and take 20hp out haha.

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I just took a straight screw driver and put it in a vise an bent the end of it to a 90 degree bend. Works good

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also having the same issue and bought the race tech tool. 

 

However, saw on another forum that someone recommended taking a penny and cutting it in half. After using the race tech tool (doesn't work so well if you have quick bleeders) the penny cut in half may be the trick. 

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